Public Procurement and Sustainable Development

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Public Procurement and Sustainable Development

A training course developed for the Ministry of Public Administration of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

The course is available in English

Public procurement refers to the process of acquisition – by public sector and regulated entities – of goods, works and services. These goods, works and services are required to enable public sector entities fulfil their legal and political mandates in providing the citizens with infrastructure, services and related goods.

At the request of the Ministry of Public Administration of the Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh (MOPA), the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO), over the period 2015-2018, has designed and delivered several activities to strengthen the capacity of senior officials of the Bangladesh civil service in terms of public procurement knowledge. The training programmes were very well received and future collaboration was envisaged.

Now, MOPA has approached ITCILO to provide an offer for a training, which goes beyond public procurement as such and, on the one hand explores advanced topics in public procurement and on the other hand sheds light on the links to sustainable development and the global development agenda.

This tailor-made course is available upon request and may be customized for local, national, and international organizations. Contact us to learn more.

Who attends this course?

All the participants of the training programme are high-level civil servants from Bangladesh, including:

  • Mostly Senior Assistant Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries; and
  • Additional Secretaries/Joint Secretaries.

All the participants already have at least basic knowledge about financial management, project management, public procurement rules and development administration.

In total 25 civil servants participate in the training programme.

What topics does this course cover?

The training programme will utilize training material already developed by ITCILO, presenting the most recent advanced public procurement and broad sustainable development knowledge. Based on these materials the sessions will be tailored to the agreed set of subjects, which will put special emphasis on the latest methodologies employed by the World Bank and other development institutions in the area of public procurement, i.e. particularly the Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD) and the tools related to it. The specific subjects will be as follows (with the first 5 of them being in the context of the PPSD):

  • Public Procurement International Actors and Evolving Issues
  • Methodology for Assessing National Procurement Systems
  • Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD)
  • Risk Assessment in the Selection of Contracting Strategy
  • Market Intelligence Portfolio
  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)
  • PPP Case Presentation: Experience of France
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs
  • Sustainable Public Procurement

Two study visits included in the programme:

  • Study visit at UNCTAD Headquarters in Geneva
  • Study visit to the Faculty of Law, University of Nice -  Sophia Antipolis, Nice
What will I be able to do after the course?
  • describe the broader context of sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs;
  • describe how modern public procurement may contribute to sustainable development;
  • contribute to the development of the Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD), required by every World Bank project and meant to ensure positive development outcomes;
  • understand the potential benefits and pitfalls of public-private partnership arrangements and how Sustainable Public Procurement can further sustainable development by incorporating social and environmental criteria into public procurement processes.
Objectives of this course

The overall objective of this training programme is to contribute to the better leveraging of public procurement for the purposes of sustainable development in Bangladesh. To this end, the training programme will provide the participants with up-to-date knowledge about advanced aspects of public procurement and at the same time illuminate the broader picture of sustainable development to which also public procurement can contribute significantly.


The trainers use a combination of presentations (delivered by subject-matter specialists), panel and group discussions, individual and group exercises, and case studies.

Participants will be provided with training programme and reference materials covering various topics and modules in the training programme.

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