Measuring the World: The World Bank’s Public Procurement Benchmarking

23 Aug 2016
Every year the World Bank benchmarks the regulatory environments in 77 economies the world over, assessing their impact on the public procurement process. The benchmarking essentially cuts across two lines: The procurement lifecycle (how well the contract lifecycle from bid preparation to contract...

Implementing E-Procurement – Kenya Runs Into Problems

25 Sep 2015
It is not long ago that the introduction of e-procurement in Kenya was being hailed as a big success. Like many other countries in Africa and indeed other parts of the world, corruption has been a major problem in public procurement, and the introduction of e-procurement was seen as one way of...

Australia Seeks to Use Procurement to Empower Aboriginal Australians

4 May 2015
As a son of an Australian immigrant, one of my father’s most prized possessions—and yet one which my mom kept hidden in a guest room until the past few years as we have dealt with his Alzheimer’s—is a set of two lithograph prints my grandmother brought with them when she and my father...

New EU Directives on Abnormally Low Tenders – Implications for Procurement

22 Sep 2014
EU Public Procurement Directives targeting low tenders are beginning to be implemented following their adoption in April of this year. Three directives which would change the way public procurers treat abnormally low tenders (ALTs) must be implemented by member states before April 2016. However,...

New E-procurement System for Kenya to Stop Corruption

15 Apr 2014
This is an article from our archives, originally published on August, 15, 2014.  Last week, Kenya officially launched their new national E-procurement system, with the President formally launching the initiative, a sign of how important this is perceived to be in the country. Kenya has had a...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

DHS is seeking tech proposals from small businesses, industry leaders provide bold predictions for federal tech this year, and GSA plans to launch a pilot program to collect data and identify best practices from multiple e-commerce providers. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s first weekly...