Fighting corruption in the public sector

Procurement - Knowledge sharing



Despite its economic significance, public procurement is often handled as an administrative, compliance-oriented process rather than a strategic function of government.

The Network of Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement provides a global view of leading procurement practice through knowledge sharing on effective approaches to strengthening public procurement systems and transforming procurement into a strategic function.


Meetings bring together senior procurement officials and innovators from governments at national and federal level from OECD countries, selected non-member countries and international organisations with long-standing experience in this field.


The review of progress made since 2008 shows that OECD countries lag behind in five areas:



LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM remains the greatest weakness in many countries. Procurement is not recognised as a specific profession in a third of OECD countries.

from the design of the project throughout the tender until contract management. Only half of OECD countries indicated that their recent procurement reforms have addressed the whole public procurement cycle.

of procurement systems is the exception to the rule. Few countries monitor the performance of procurement systems and processes based on data and benchmarks.

RISKS AND OPPORTUNITY COSTS are rarely assessed when using procurement to support socio-economic and environmental objectives. In half of OECD countries there is no prior assessment to verify that public procurement is an effective tool to achieve these objectives.

ACCESS to international procurement markets is still a challenge. Even in an integrated market such as the European Union, less than 4% of the value of contracts are awarded to firms from another member state.


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