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Mainstreaming Sustainable Public Procurement through the introduction of Product Service Systems in the Western Cape

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This project will introduce product service systems (PSS) in the Western Cape as a specific tool to implement sustianable public procurement (SPP). 

Enabling the introduction of PSS and output, functional or performance-based specifications to public procurement in the Western Cape has been identified as an innovative and complementary addition to existing SPP knowledge and practice. Therefore, this project aims to integrate PSS knowledge into existing public procurement policy and practice in order to drive SPP implementation.

In collaboration with WWF South Africa, this project has a strong focus on analyzing and overcoming hurdles for PSS procurement posed by public accounting frameworks. In South Africa, as in many other countries, prevalent rules do not allow recording the financial gains that can be realized through leasing instead of traditional procurement. Therefore, the project will take stock of existing rules and propose ways to overcome challenges to PSS procurement.

Overall, the project is designed to directly contribute to the province's and South Africa's green growth and sustainable development goals. It builds upon previous SPP work and initiatives already taking place in Western Cape and nationally, including an IISD-led project in 2013-14 and joint and separate work of WWF South Africa with the Western Cape government. Previous research by IISD in cooperation with WWF South Africa demonstrates that the legal, institutional and policy frameworks in South Africa and the Western Cape are supportive of SPP but have not been taken fully advantage of.

This project is part of the 10 YFP program on sustainable public procurement.

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