Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance
Our experts help governments realize value-for-money across the life cycle of an asset, and not simply at the point of purchase.
Governments spend between 12 and 30 per cent of their GDP buying goods, services and infrastructure. Our focus is helping policy-makers and public procurers achieve transformational change through positing their large and long-term spending power as a trigger for scaling-up industrial competitiveness, innovation and technology transfer. We do this by strengthening legal and regulatory provisions on value for money across an asset's life cycle; incorporating environmental and social criteria into the procurement cycle; and providing quantitative evidence on the multiple financial, economic, social and environmental gains that can be realized through sustainable public procurement.
Project Preparation Facility: Enabling local governments to access to private finance
This discussion paper explains IISD's recommendation for setting up a Project Preparation Facility (PPF) in Canada to enable smaller local governments to prepare bankable infrastructure project proposals.Read More
Investing in Sustainable Energy: The case for solar technologies in Sri Lanka
This commentary outlines why Sri Lanka should abandon coal and invest instead in a national solar energy program modelled on the experience of India.Read More
A Step in the Right Direction: The EU's revised directives on public procurement
The revised EU directives on public procurement provide welcome leadership on sustainable public procurement. The question that remains is how it can be implemented.Read More
Addressing the global infrastructure deficit—Can we rely on institutional investors?
The global infrastructure gap is forecast to reach USD 50 trillion by 2030. In Canada, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reports that CAD 145 billion worth of infrastructure is required in order to return infrastructure funding to historic levels—amounting to an additional CAD 20 to 30 billion a year for 10 years on top of current spending.Read More
Unsolicited Proposals in Infrastructure: A growing reality for governments, requiring robust management frameworks
Unsolicited proposals for infrastructure give rise to significant concerns related to transparency, quality and fair competition in public procurement.Read More
Ideas and Solutions to Address the USD 50 Trillion Infrastructure Deficit: A contribution to the 2015 G-20 Summit, Antalya, Turkey
The opportunity costs of not addressing the global infrastructure deficit are too high.According to Brodhead, Darling, and Mullin (2014), for every...Read More
How Green Public Procurement Contributes to Sustainable Development in China
Building on the results of the IISD Green Public Procurement (GPP) Model, consultations with stakeholders and an extensive literature review, this paper provides targeted recommendations addressing the development areas identified to improve GPP in China.Read More
Handbook for INGP Public Procurers / Manual para Agentes de Compras Públicas de las RICG
This handbook will guide government procurers on the design of procurement policies and preferential purchasing programs that will crowd-in SMEs, minority suppliers and women-owned enterprises.Read More
Currency Risk in Project Finance
In developing countries, international financing institutions (IFIs) often help finance key infrastructure projects, predominantly through hard currency loans.Read More
Risk Allocation in Public-Private Partnerships: Maximizing value for money
Optimal risk allocation is one of the key value for money (VFM) drivers in a public-private partnership (PPP) delivery model. In a conventional...Read More