The Global Procurement Partnership Multi-Donor Trust Fund (GPP MDTF) is a five-year program that aims to support innovative activities for procurement reforms at the global and country level. The GPP MDTF provides the World Bank and its partners the space to initiate conversations on the key role that public procurement has in spurring better development outcomes for a country. The GPP MDTF promotes a global dialogue on the value of well-functioning procurement systems by supporting enhanced donor coordination, responsible innovation, and evidence-based research.
How the program emerged: Tackling a global challenge
How we work
The three windows were designed to show a strong distribution of support to some of the poorest countries and fragile and conflict-affected states in a variety of areas that range from professionalization to citizen engagement. The overall objective of the program is to influence policy debates and decisions on the efficient use of public resources that will improve people’s lives through better service delivery.
Public procurement is a critical strategic tool to support poverty reduction and sustainable development. Innovative activities and effective procurement reform initiatives, that have a positive impact on the way governments use public resources to deliver goods, services, and works, should be widely promoted. By sharing great examples, policymakers can learn how to improve public procurement frameworks. Lessons and results from the procurement reforms, global tools, and evidence-based research under the Global Procurement Partnership Multi-Donor Trust Fund (GPP MDTF) are already emerging and will hopefully foster global discussions.
Window 1, several global goods and tools are being developed to support the reform of legal and regulatory instruments and enhance the modernization of public procurement systems through greater use of disruptive technology.
The Open Contracting Data Toolkit concluded with the development of a primer and a report that outlines how to best identify suitable and well-documented open-source tools for procurement transparency. These tools, co-developed in close collaboration with the Open Contracting Partnership, have a demonstrated impact and are designed to facilitate adaptation and reuse by other interested stakeholders around the world.
Tool re-use in open contracting: A Primer | Evaluation Matrix | Guidance for tool authors and support providers | Key findings and research methodology (.pdf version)
The Global Public Procurement Database (GPPD) captures data on country procurement and e-Government Procurement (e-GP) systems at a global level. The aim of the GPPD is to promote procurement reform and innovation through improved transparency and knowledge-sharing, by providing a one-stop publicly available online database of global public procurement information.
The Development of MAPS Tool has promoted MAPS sustainability and capacity building to date. MAPS is an instrument that allows a country, regardless of its income or development level, to assess the functionality of their public procurement system. The objective of MAPS is to support countries in their efforts to implement modern, efficient, sustainable, and more inclusive public procurement systems, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The World Bank has been conducting face-to-face training on MAPS and is leading the development of training modules to ensure high-quality support to its clients.
The Administrative Remedies Against Corruption project is completed and contributing to a new project on using Artificial Intelligence to identify procurement risks. Two other activities are being concluded: The Performance-Based project and the Framework Agreements. Results will be posted in the future.
Window 2 comprises a significant part of the GPP MDTF portfolio and has two sub-windows (2.1. and 2.2). While in window 1 MAPS refers to the development of the MAPS tool, its supplementary modules, and face-to-face training activities, window 2 covers assessments under implementation with funding from the program.
Under window 2.1, 21 country procurement systems assessments are being conducted. These MAPS highlight where reforms are most needed and indicate how they can best be implemented. Assessments were concluded for Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zambia. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Moldova, and Ethiopia are expected to be delivered this year (2020). Early examples of the most desirable achievements are emerging. For instance, in Bangladesh, the government has already taken the initiative to implement several key recommendations from the MAPS draft report.
Window 2.2 supports three types of activities: (i) help with the development of action plans for fragile and conflict-affected states and low-income countries; (ii) support the development of roadmaps for specific recommendations, and; (iii) assist with the implementation of action plan reforms.
The Brazilian Ministry of Planning Price Panel activity results show that the price panel system drove down estimated and actual awarded prices. The report is being structured in a way that allows other governments to replicate the system. A report will be forthcoming.
The Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Contracts (EPC) study analyzes outcomes of traditional admeasurement contracts and EPC contracts through case studies in China, India, Pakistan, Kenya, and the Philippines, and brief studies from a few other countries. The report discusses the advantages of EPC contracts for contractors and employers and looks at the road/highways sector in places with rapid upscale in the use of EPC contracts, such as China and India for evidence on effectiveness. Initial findings show EPC contracts experienced significantly fewer delays in implementation, have performed much better in terms of cost overrun. A sustainability plan for this research is being developed. A report will be forthcoming.
The e-procurement impact evaluation in Bangladesh will conclude in a paper and policy note on the retrospective impact evaluation of the e-GP roll out in Bangladesh. Preliminary results show that e-GP has increased access, efficiency, and economy of public procurement. Electronic-Government Procurement in Bangladesh yielded direct cost savings for the government of 47 billion BDT (0.6 billion USD) during 2011-2018. It is expected that these reports and the Randomized Control Trial on electronic contract management will help influence the government’s future public procurement reform decisions. A paper and policy note will be forthcoming.
Results from other two projects, “China and Vietnam – Disclosing Ceiling Budgets” and “India: e-Procurement Performance Measurement”, will be shared in due time.
The GPP MDTF aims to build evidence and operational knowledge on public procurement through its funding of projects, knowledge sharing, and learning activities. Different knowledge products were developed to share our work and spark a discussion about public procurement and good governance. Findings and results are also being shared through learning events.
The Global Procurement Partnership Multi-Donor Trust Fund (GPP MDTF) is managed and supervised by the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice–Procurement Department and is supported by the European Commission, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the French Development Agency.
The GPP MDTF is pleased to announce the launch of Window 2.2: Support to Enhancing Country Procurement Systems.
Window 2.2. will provide funding to address priorities identified in previously completed MAPS assessments led by the World Bank. There are three types of activities that the GPP MDTF will aim to support in this call:
Development of Public Procurement Reform Action Plans
|This activity type supports the development of action plans for public procurement reform to generate a list of priority reform actions based on recommendations identified through the MAPS exercise. Fragile and Conflict-Affected states and low-income countries are eligible to apply.
Analytical support to produce detailed Roadmaps for specific reform categories
|This activity type includes just-in-time analytical support on formulating detailed roadmaps for a specific category of recommendation. Applications are open to countries with completed action plans but that require more in-depth development of next steps on the identified category.
Implementing Reform Actions from country reform action plans
|This activity type supports the implementation of key reform actions based on country action plans, that are developed in response to MAPS recommendations. Applications are open to countries with complete and specific reform action plans or roadmaps with a clear and immediate strategy for implementing reforms.|
The proposals will undergo a rigorous selection process. The GPP MDTF will prioritize applications that demonstrate a catalytic effect in public procurement. The selected proposals will be shared on this page in Q3 2020.
For more information World Bank staff can access this page.