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FEATURE STORY March 23, 2020

Global Public Procurement Database: Share, Compare, Improve!


Photo: Gerardo Pesantez / World Bank

The Global Public Procurement Database:

  • The database provides information on all aspects of country public procurement systems, with the goal of supporting continuous reforms.
  • It allows country to compare side-by-side country profiles, procurement practices, laws and regulations, and performance indicators.
  • The data that is used went through a very rigorous vetting process.

Public procurement is the process of purchasing goods, services or works by the public sector from the private sector. Overall, public procurement represents on average 13% to 20% of GDP. Global expenditure in procurement is estimated at nearly 9.5 trillion US dollars and, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 10 to 25 percent of a public contract’s overall value may be lost due to corruption. Governments have great incentive to maximize every penny of their budgets. Better management of the public procurement sector with increased transparency is critical for achieving economic growth and boosting shared prosperity for all. The World Bank recognizes the potential public procurement can have in assisting governments around the world in meeting their development objectives.

However, there remains a gap in publicly accessible country procurement information available on a user-friendly platform. The Global Public Procurement Database (GPPD) was created to fill this void. Best practices in public procurement go far beyond saving money. It is also about government efficiencies and quality improvements of goods and services as well as transparency over what governments purchase in sectors critical for development, such as health, education, and water. With this in mind, the GPPD is a one-stop online product of choice for the global public procurement community.

Everyone from policy makers, procurement professionals, NGOs, academics, members of the private sector, civil society, and citizens can now consult the first of its kind Global Public Procurement Database (GPPD).

The GPPD provides information on all aspects of country public procurement systems, with the goal of supporting continuous reforms that will reduce opportunities for corruption and encourage fair, transparent, and efficient spending practices that drive value for money in public spending. Open access to public procurement data and policies helps citizens hold their governments accountable in how public resources are spent. It also helps spread best practices in government procurement across different countries so that governments can improve how they work in the public procurement sector. Open information to various countries’ procurement practices, laws and policies also benefits private sector since increased transparency can promote a more fair process for government contract tenders.

Using the GPPD

This tool allows users to find the procurement data of 218 countries and independent territories. Each country profile convenes information from 2018 on different aspects of a country’s public procurement, which is expected to be extended and updated in the future. The GPPD provides details as the following:

Country Profile: 

  • Core country information
  • Core procurement law clauses
  • e-Procurement systems outline 
  • Core performance indicators
  • Procurement related documentation:

            - Procurement law
            - e-Procurement assessments
            - Procurement reports
            - Audit reports
            - Statistical reports
            - Procurement governance

The GPPD allows country comparisons. Through the country comparison functionality, users can obtain a side-by-side view of information on countries and regions, helping them compare country profiles, procurement practices, laws and regulations, and performance indicators.

In order to support effortless data analysis, all data and documents available in the GPPD system are available for download, in user-friendly format.

The GPPD uses verified data. In order to gather the most relevant data, the data collection for the GPPD went through a very rigorous vetting process by the development team. This included exhaustive desk research and pulling together information from existing World Bank data resources as well as extensive communication with public procurement agencies (PPAs) to accurately capture the GPPD indicators.

The GPPD development team also created standardized data collection templates that allow procurement agencies the ability to upload edits and future data sets providing a path to sustainable data collection and continued relevance of the data.

The Global Public Procurement Database has immense potential in contributing to the reformation of the design and effectiveness of public procurement systems and policies everywhere. This can accelerate development results and help countries reach their goals of eradicating extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.

What are you waiting? GPPD: Share, Compare, Improve!