Effective development co-operation

MAPS Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems


01 August - 31 October2016



The Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems provides a common tool which countries, as well as development partners, can use to assess the quality and effectiveness of  procurement systems.

Until today, the MAPS was used by over 60 countries. Since 2010, users of MAPS have called for updates to achieve:

    • a more strategic approach,
    • complementary assessments of e-procurement, the agency level, PPPs, and other areas,
    • professionalization and the degree to which public procurement is viewed as a strategic function,
    • a clarification of the link between the assessment and changes in implementation.

This update is now ongoing. The OECD is coordinating a stakeholder group consisting of all multilateral development banks, as well as other institutions and countries that applied MAPS, or that will use the tool for their assessment purposes in the future. A revised version of the MAPS will be subject to consultation during the spring of 2016 involving relevant committees and networks, OECD-internal and external. Following a validation process, piloting of the revised MAPS will start in the last quarter of 2016. The revised MAPS tool is expected to be finalised in 2017.

The revised MAPS will be part of the implementation of the OECD Recommendation on Public Procurement – available here. This OECD Council recommendation provides the overarching framework for the MAPS revision process.

The process for updating MAPS to focus on all – not just developing countries – is in line with the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals: The SDGs are a universal agenda for countries from all income- and development levels. Strengthening public governance systems and instruments is part of the SDGs (Goal 12, 16.) Public procurement is central for effective public service delivery

Previous versions of the MAPS are available below.

Version 4 of the Benchmarking and Assessment methodology has been approved for testing and ongoing application of lessons learned through field experience.

    • Co-chair approval letter


Increasing the effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of public procurement systems is an on-going concern of governments and of the international development community. All have recognised that increasing the effectiveness of the use of public funds, including funds provided through official development assistance (ODA), requires the existence of an adequate national procurement system that meets international standards and that operates as intended.

Under the auspices of the joint World Bank / OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Procurement Round Table initiative, developing countries and bilateral and multilateral donors worked together from 2003 – 2004 to develop a set of tools and standards that provide guidance for improvements in procurement systems and the results they produce. The Round Table Initiative culminated with the adoption in December 2004 of the "Johannesburg Declaration" including a commitment for the adoption of the Baseline Indicators Tool as the agreed international standards for assessment of national procurement systems. This tool was incorporated into the Preliminary DAC Guidelines and Reference Series – Harmonising Donor Practices for Effective Aid Delivery: Volume III (Strengthening Procurement Capacities in Developing Countries) which was tabled during the High level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Paris in March, 2005. Following the conclusion of the Round Table initiative, under the coordination of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness of the OECD/DAC, the Joint Venture for Procurement was created and has further advanced the development of the methodology for application of the baseline indicators and associated compliance and performance indicators.

The methodology for assessment of national procurement systems is intended to provide a common tool which developing countries and donors can use to assess the quality and effectiveness of national procurement systems. The understanding among the participants in this process is that the assessment will provide a basis upon which a country can formulate a capacity development plan to improve its procurement system. Similarly, donors can use the common assessment to develop strategies for assisting the capacity develop plan and to mitigate risks in the individual operations that they decide to fund. The long term goal is that countries will improve their national procurement systems to meet internationally recognised standards enabling greater effectiveness in the use of funds to meet country obligations.

It should be noted that the methodology and the tool have capacity development as a core objective; progress is dependent upon country ownership and commitment by donors and partner countries to implementing the development program. 


Questions or comments should be addressed to Lena Diesing at the Public Sector Integrity Division of the OECD (lena.diesing@oecd.org)