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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.

  • Briefing Note
    Financing High Performance Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Climate Bonds for Multi-Functional Water Harvesting Infrastructure on the Canadian Prairies

    Financing High Performance Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Climate Bonds for Multi-Functional Water Harvesting Infrastructure on the Canadian Prairies

    This article explores distributed water harvesting, a climate change adaptation strategy that can offer the co-benefit of enhancing ecosystem services.

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  • Briefing Note
    How Green Public Procurement Became a Crucial Pillar for Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Strategy

    How Green Public Procurement Became a Crucial Pillar for Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Strategy

    This document provides an overview of the 3.5 year Green Public Procurement in Bhutan project, led by IISD and supported by the EU SWITCH-Asia program.

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  • Brochure
    Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) Tool brochure

    Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) Tool brochure

    This brochure highlights IISD's Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) Tool, which helps governments assess the finanical impact of climate and other environmental, social, ecnomic and governance risks on infrastructure.

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  • Blog
    Behind the Scenes of the G20: a Substantive Process Leads to a Significant Statement

    Behind the Scenes of the G20: a Substantive Process Leads to a Significant Statement

    After months of working behind the scenes to help develop recommendations for G20 leaders, I can tell you that it is a substantive process that led to a significant statement.

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  • Blog
    How to Implement Strategic, Smart, Sustainable Public Procurement

    How to Implement Strategic, Smart, Sustainable Public Procurement

    Public procurement is “not a back-office function anymore, but a crucial pillar for delivering government services, and a strategic one for tackling climate change.” 

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  • Blog
    Financing Infrastructure – How can multilateral development banks avoid crowding out institutional investors?

    Financing Infrastructure – How can multilateral development banks avoid crowding out institutional investors?

    David Uzsoki takes a look at the role multilateral development banks should play in financing infrastructure.

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  • Commentary
    Investing in Sustainable Energy: The case for solar technologies in Sri Lanka

    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.

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  • Commentary
    A Step in the Right Direction: The EU's revised directives on public procurement

    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.  

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  • Blog
    Addressing the global infrastructure deficit—Can we rely on institutional investors?

    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.

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  • Paper
    Unsolicited Proposals in Infrastructure: A growing reality for governments, requiring robust management frameworks

    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.

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