THE CHANGES TO THE WORLD BANK’S PROCUREMENT POLICY AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR AFRICAN BORROWERS

Sope Williams-Elegbe

Abstract


In 2011, the World Bank commenced the process of a comprehensive review  and reform of Bank procurement policies and procedures, the first of its kind in the history of the Bank. The significance of the proposed reforms cannot be understated and they evince a step-change in the way the Bank has conceptualized and conducted procurement since its inception. The purpose of the reforms are to ensure that the Bank's procurement is fit for its purpose, is flexible, is in line with the modern practice of public procurement and can assist Borrowers to deliver on their developmental objectives. This paper examines the salient features of the reform agenda and highlights the implications of the reforms for African borrowers. It will be seen that the Bank desires to undertake a central leadership role in global public procurement and that it is putting sustainability at the heart of its reforms. It will also be seen that the Bank intends to provide more assistance to building the procurement capacity in its Borrowers to partly address the moral hazard that arises in Bank projects.


Keywords


public procurement, World Bank

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14803/1-1-3

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