New Procurement Framework and Regulations for Projects After July 1, 2016


On this page:
-  Overview
-  The Procurement Framework - Policy, Regulations, Guidance
-  Standard Procurement Documents (SPD) 
-  UN Agencies
-  Alternative Procurement Arrangements (APA)


(Other languages will be added as they become available.)

The World Bank has a new, modern and business-friendly Procurement Framework. This modernized approach means greater focus on value for money, more ways bidders to differentiate bids, and more opportunities for dialogue and discussion.

World Bank procurement staff are based in 72 countries to support borrowers throughout the procurement process. Staff work with governments to achieve the highest bidding and contract management standards to get the best development result.

Under the new procurement framework, there are four key innovations to help businesses and country clients:

  1. Needs and risks of a project are analyzed through a Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD). This analysis enables the borrower to have a strategy on how best to engage with bidder. The analysis will ensure that procurement processes are fit for purpose, allow choice, and are appropriate to the size, value, and risk of the project.
  2. Value for Money has been introduced as a core procurement principle in all procurements financed by the World Bank. This means a shift in focus from the lowest evaluated compliant bid to bids that provide the best overall value for money, taking into account quality, cost, and other factors as needed.
  3. The approach to resolving procurement-related complaints has been significantly improved with capacity to promptly respond to any concerns during the procurement process. A standstill period has been introduced - a pause between identifying who should win the contract and actually awarding them the contract so that other bidders can voice any concerns before a contract is actually legally formed and awarded.
  4. The World Bank will be more involved in contract management of procurements with high value and high risk to ensure the best possible outcomes and that problems are resolved quickly. 

The Procurement Framework
(Other languages will be added as they become available.)

The Regulations provide many choices for Borrowers to design the right approach to market, and specify the rules that must be followed. Complementing the Regulations are a series of Guidance Notes and also, the Standard Procurement Documents (SPDs), linked below. Briefings and others resource materials will be added to this Website as they become available.

Guidance Notes:



STANDARD PROCUREMENT DOCUMENTS for use after July 1, 2016 
(French and Spanish are being added as they become available)

The World Bank has prepared the Standard Procurement Documents (SPD)
below for international competitive procurement.

*Click the title of the document for the current version.
Previous versions are available by clicking on the date.


Request for Bids - Goods (1 envelope process) [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Goods (2 envelope process) [July, 2016]


Prequalification Document - Health Sector (Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Condoms) [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Health (Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Condoms) [July, 2016]


Request for Bids - Education (Textbooks) [July, 2016]


Prequalification Document – Works [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Works (after prequalification) [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Works (without prequalification) [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Works – Roads (Output and Performance Based Road Contracts) [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Works (French Civil Law) [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Small Works (2 envelope process) [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Small Works (1 envelope process) [July, 2016] Spanish


Request for Bids - Plant (after prequalification) [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Plant (without prequalification) [July, 2016]
Initial Selection document – Plant [July, 2016]
Request for Proposals - Plant [July, 2016]


Prequalification Document – Management Services [July, 2016]
Request for Bids - Management Services [July, 2016]


Request for Bids - Non-consulting Services [July, 2016]


Request for Proposals - Consulting Services [July, 2016]


Request for Bids - Information Systems [July, 2016]
Initial Selection document – Information Systems [July, 2016]
Request for Proposals - Information Systems [July, 2016]


UN AGENCIES – Please see below for some Standard Forms of Agreements

*For further guidance, please contact


World Health Organization (WHO) [November 2016]

International Labour Organization (ILO) [November 2016]

Standard Forms of Agreement between the World Bank Borrower and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) [August 2016]

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)



The use of Alternative Procurement Arrangements (APAs) was approved by the Board of the World Bank in July 2015 as part of the New Procurement Framework.

An assessment methodology has been developed and is being tested to assess the legal and regulatory framework, and the capacity and capability of a borrower implementing agency.  It uses as its base the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Developments (OECD) Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS).  The assessment methodology has been designed to include an additional Pillar, covering procurement operations and the use of minimum standards.  It also uses an evidence based approach, analyzing procurement data and, gathering the views of the Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations (CSO).

See the Draft Guide to the Assessment

The principles governing APAs consider whether agency procurement arrangements, including procurement performance and governance, provide assurance that the Bank’s financing will be used for the intended purpose(s), and in accordance with the Bank’s Core Procurement Principles:

·       Value for money
·       Economy
·       Efficiency
·       Integrity
·       Fit for purpose
·       Transparency
·       Fairness








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Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017