Implementing Sustainable Public Procurement in Latin America and the Caribbean

This project was designed to enable the use of public procurement as a catalyst for green economic growth. Sustainable public procurement is a key factor in enabling the region to move towards an inclusive green economy. 

With the financial support of the International Development Research Center, and in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS), this project addressed SPP in Latin America and the Caribbean. Working with the Inter-American Network for Government Procurement (INGP), a network comprised of directors of public procurement authorities from 34 countries in the region, it aimed to raise awareness, build capacity and produce knowledge on the relevance of sustainable procurement among policy-makers. 

The project developed a practical handbook for procurers of the INGP network about how procurement policies and preferential purchasing programs can be designed to crowd-in small and medium enterprises, minority suppliers and women-owned enterprises. It outlined how to integrate environmental and social criteria across the public procurement cycle, from supplier qualification to technical specifications, award criteria and contract conditions.

IISD, together with OAS, developed an online course based on the handbook. They also implemented SPP through two pilot tenders in the Dominican Republic and Paraguay.