Procurement for Projects and Programs




*World Bank Mainstreaming disclosure of Beneficial Ownership information for all procurements subject to international competition
On November 1, 2017, the World Bank launched the Beneficial Ownership pilot. As part of promoting transparency in procurement, for the most significant contracts identified in the procurement plans, the Procurement Regulations require that bidders/proposers/consultants identify their Beneficial Owners. This Beneficial Ownership information is published by borrowers as part of the Contract Award Notice. The World Bank is expanding the scope of procurements for which this disclosure is required to all procurements subject to international competition. See details in English, French, Spanish.

*Mandatory Note to Borrowers to mitigate forced labor risk in the procurement of  solar panels/components
There is a significant risk of forced labor in the global supply chain for solar panels and solar components. To support forced labor risk mitigation, the Bank requires Borrowers to strengthen procurement documents that include solar panels/components for the “core functions of  a project” as defined in the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework. These strengthened measures include: forced labor bidder declarations, qualification requirements, strengthened forced labor contractual provision, and mandatory prior review/No-objection by the Bank. The new requirements apply to both international and national competitive procurement and any direct selection/direct contracting within the scope of application.

The requirements apply to new procurement (advertised, invited or awarded through direct contracting) on or after January 1st, 2022. See details in: Mandatory note - English, ChineseFrenchSpanish

*World Bank Launches Contractor Disqualification to Strengthen Prevention of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
Applicable to works contracts using the Bank SPDs (large works, D&B, DBO and EPC), under projects assessed as high Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEA/SH) risks, whose procurement process is initiated on or after January 1, 2021. See press release

Q&A for Borrowers and Contractors on Procurement SEA/SH Prevention and Response Measures

The World Bank's Procurement Framework, approved in July 2015 and in operation since July 2016,  promotes tailored procurement approaches that emphasize choice, quality, and value for public spending, while enabling adaptation to country contexts. It allows projects to respond quickly to emerging needs and helps client countries determine the best value for money to ensure quality outcomes and sustainability over the life of a project. By focusing on market research, needs analysis, and project-specific risks, including environmental and social issues, we support countries to develop procurement strategies and plans that meet their needs and ensure successful implementation.

The Framework approach includes four key points to help country clients and businesses:

  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 bidders. The analysis ensures 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 is a core procurement principle in all procurements financed by the World Bank. This means the focus is on bids that provide the best overall value for money, taking into account quality, cost, and other factors as needed, rather than a focus on the lowest evaluated compliant bid.
  3. The approach to resolving procurement-related complaints has the capacity to promptly respond to any concerns during the procurement process. There is a standstill period - 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 is 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 applies to all projects with a concept note on or after July 1, 2016 — not yet to the entire active portfolio of the World Bank.

Access procurement documents and supporting materials for:

Projects Prior to July 1, 2016           Projects After July 1, 2016


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