• Best Practices

    Based on the impact evaluation of projects and lessons learned, multilateral development agencies can arrive at a set of Best Practices which are the practical steps, gained from experience, for the most efficient approach to delivering the desired outcomes. In essence, they are a procedural text book guide.

    The World Bank has done extensive work with respect to best practices in a number of sectors. The new text "International Public Procurement: A Guide to Best Practice" by Roberto Hernández García, contains contributions from leading experts around the world who explain the best practice in public procurement in different jurisdictions. In addition to 19 jurisdictional chapters by leading professionals, featured chapters include contributions on United Nations best practice, the European directives, how countries are fighting corruption and more.

    The UN Procurement Division has an entire section devoted to best practices.

    With an emphasis on partnerships and working with the private sector, the UN Global Compact has put out a number of publications highlighting best practices, most notably "Doing Business While Advancing Development and Peace".

    In a continuous effort to seek best practices in international procurement and to harmonize and standardize procurement processes, EBRD in conjunction with the ADB, AfDB, EIB and other MDBs discussed developments and future challenges for procurement  both globally and for each bank's particular region of operations. Read more: Best Practices - Harmonizing International Procurement Practices

    As a result of the on-going collaboration among the MDBs, the following harmonized documents have been issued:


    The Harmonized Master Documents reflect what is considered “best practices” and are intended to be used as a basis by the participating organizations for issuing a standard procurement document for each individual institution. In preparing the institutional own standard procurement documents, the Harmonized Master Documents are expected to be followed, insofar as possible, while allowing for institutional and member country considerations. The text shown in the Harmonized Master Documents correspond to specifics of each participating institution based on its respective policy.


    Transparency International is the leading international watchdog organization for the fight against corruption, especially in public procurement.  Their 2014 publication - Combatting Corruption in Public Procurement  - provides government officials, businesses and civil society with a practical introduction to the risks of corruption in public procurement. It outlines key principles and minimum standards which, when respected, can protect public contracting from corruption.