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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Procurement Policy in Investment Project Financing (IPF) and Other Operational Procurement Matters
- Procurement Regulations for Investment Project Financing (IPF) Borrowers: August 2018, English
Note: Summary of Revisions. Translations in progress.
- Previous version: November 2017, English
- Previous version: July 2016, English
Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese
Disclaimer: If any discrepancies, the English version will prevail.
- Procurement Directive
- Procurement Procedure
- A Beginner’s Guide for Borrowers - Procurement under World Bank IPF
- Contract Management, General Principles
- Contract Management, Practice
- Contract Price Adjustment Computation Workbook (Excel)
- Competitive Dialogue: How to undertake a Competitive Dialogue Procurement Process
- Environmental, Social, Health & Safety in Procurement
- Evaluation Criteria
- Finding Business Opportunities and Winning Contracts Financed by the World Bank
- Guidance on Framework Agreements
- Identification and Treatment of Abnormally Low Bids and Proposals, English, Chinese
- Operations Procurement Review Committee
- Procurement Hands-on Expanded Implementation Support
- Procurement Noncompliance in IPF Operations
- Procurement Post Review, Independent Procurement Review, and Integrated Fiduciary Reviews
- Procurement-Related Complaints, English, Chinese, Spanish
- Procurement in Situations of Urgent Need of Assistance or Capacity Constraints
- Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD) - Long Form Detailed Guide, July 2016
- Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD) - Short Form, February 2017, English, Chinese, Spanish
- Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
- Standard Procurement Documents - An Overview
- Sustainable Procurement
- Thresholds for Procurement Approaches and Methods by Country
- Use of Negotiations and Best and Final Offer (BAFO) in Procurement of Goods, Works, and Non-consulting Services
- Value for Money
- Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD) Long Form Template
- PPSD Short Form Template
- General Procurement Notice (GPN) Template for Projects using the Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers
- Textual Part of Procurement Plan for Projects using the Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers, English, French
- Letter of Acceptance of the World Bank’s Anti-Corruption Guidelines and Sanctions Framework, English, French
- Sample format of Request for Expression of Interest (REoI)
- Key Stages in Procurement (diagram)
- An example of decision logic when designing fit for purpose procurement processes
(French and Spanish are being added as they become available)
****NEW**** SPD Overview for Practitioners
Please note: Documents below with an * have been revised to incorporates changes reflecting enhanced environmental, social, health and safety safeguards. This example SPD shows the revised changes (highlighted in yellow). Actual changes will vary slightly in specific SPDs given the nature of the procurement and the process. Here is a list of the affected documents and a summary of key enhancements.
The World Bank has prepared the Standard Procurement Documents (SPD)
Request for Bids - Goods - Framework Agreement (1 envelope process) [January 2018]
Prequalification Document - Health Sector (Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Condoms) [October 2017, French, Spanish]
|Request for Bids - Education (Textbooks) [October 2017, French, Spanish]
January 2017, French, Spanish
*Prequalification Document – Works [October 2017, French, Spanish]
Request for Bids - Plant (after prequalification) [October 2017, French, Spanish]
Request for Proposals - Plant (single-stage) [November 2018]
Prequalification Document – Management Services [October 2017, French, Spanish]
|Request for Bids - Non-consulting Services [October 2017, French, Spanish]
January 2017, French, Spanish
|*Request for Proposals - Consulting Services [October 2017, French, Spanish]
January 2017, French, Spanish
Request for Bids - Information Systems [October 2017, French, Spanish]
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization [May 2017]
ILO - International Labour Organization [November 2016]
IOM - International Organization for Migration [May 2018]
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme [September 2017]
- Technical Assistance – English
UNESCO – United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization [December 2013]
UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund
- Health Supplies [May 2013] – English, French, Spanish
- Technical Assistance [October 2014] – English, French
UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
- Memorandum of Agreement – June 2016, December 2016
- Outputs [December 2016] – English, French
- Technical Assistance [June 2016] – English, French
UNOPS – United Nations Office for Project Services [August 2016]
- Memorandum of Agreement
- Technical Assistance - English, French, Spanish
- Delivery of Outputs - English, French, Spanish
- Procurement of Vehicles - English, French, Spanish
- Procurement of Supplies - English, French, Spanish
WFP - World Food Programme [June 2017]
WHO - World Health Organization [November 2016]
WMO - World Meteorlogical Organization [October 2018]
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
· Fit for purpose
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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2018