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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.

  • 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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  • Paper
    Ideas and Solutions to Address the USD 50 Trillion Infrastructure Deficit: A contribution to the 2015 G-20 Summit, Antalya, Turkey

    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...

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  • Paper
    How Green Public  Procurement Contributes  to Sustainable Development in China

    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.

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  • Paper
    Handbook for INGP Public Procurers / Manual para Agentes de Compras Públicas de las RICG

    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. 

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  • Paper
    Currency Risk in Project Finance

    Currency Risk in Project Finance

    In developing countries, international financing institutions (IFIs) often help finance key infrastructure projects, predominantly through hard currency loans.

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