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    The listing of procurement manuals below is designed to provide you with a valuable resource for navigating the global procurement marketplace and making informed business decisions.

    World Bank Procurement Framework & Business Opportunities

    Doing Business With The IDB Group 2016

    African Development Bank (AfDB) Rules of Procedure for Procurement of Goods and Works 

    Asian Development Bank (ADB) Procurement Guidelines

    Caribbean Development Bank Procurement Guidelines

    EBRD Standard Tender Documents

    Guidelines on Cooperation between the UN and the Business Sector (20 November 2009)

    International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): Procurement Guidelines

    Inter-American Development Bank's General Operational Policies

    Islamic Development Bank's Projects & Operations Evaluation Guidelines

    North American Development Bank Procurement Policies and Procedures

    Resource Guide to Consulting, Supply and Contracting Opportunities in Projects financed by the World Bank

    United Nations Procurement Manual

    World Bank Consulting Services Manual

    World Bank Procurement Manual


    World Bank Improving Transparency and Accountability in Pharmaceutical Procurement

    Inter-American Development Bank: NMEI Webinar Series: Multilateral Development Banks


    Financing for Development
    The objective of the Financing for Development Office is to provide effective secretariat support for sustained follow-up within the United Nations system to the agreements and commitments reached at the International Conference on Financing for Development, as contained in the Monterrey Consensus, as well as financing for development-related aspects of the outcomes of major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic and social fields, including the development goals set out in the United Nations Millennium Declaration.

    Human Development Report
    The Human Development Reports (HDR) produced since 1990 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are widely considered the most influential of the many regular reports by multilateral institutions. Unique among UN publications for their tradition of intellectual independence – though sponsored by UNDP, they do not represent its official views or policies – the Human Development Reports are best known for their innovative and often controversial analyses of critical issues, and for the annual Human Development Index (HDI), which was created as an alternative to income-based measures of national and individual well-being.

    TICAD stands for "Tokyo International Conference on African Development". But it is more than a conference. TICAD has become a major global framework for Asia and Africa to collaborate in promoting Africa's socio-economic growth and development

    The UNCTAD-ICC Investment Guides
    The investment guides provide accurate and up-to-date information on key emerging investment opportunities in participating countries with an analysis of the profiles, policies and prospects in selected focal sectors. The Guides, which are prepared in collaboration with governments, national chambers and investors, are a reliable and effective source of third-party information for investors.

    United Nations Global Compact
    Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. Our mission is to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. With 12000+ signatories in 170 countries, the United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. 

    UN Business Action Hub
    The UN Business Action Hub is a platform for the UN and business to connect and partner to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and UN objectives. On this platform, companies can learn about the partnership needs of UN entities, and offer programmatic support, in-kind and financial donations. UN entities can learn more about what partnership interest companies have and the engagement opportunities they desire. Both UN and Business can propose partnership projects and use the platform to search for and interact with potential partners to scale the impact of their partnerships.

    UN Global Marketplace
    UN Global Marketplace is the official vendor registration database for the United Nations and the global portal for all UN procurement information.

    The UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs puts out some 300 publications that analyze a wide range of development issues, which are distributed in print and electronic format around the world.

    World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    A global association of over 200+ companies dealing exclusively with issues relating to business and sustainable development.


    Some of the publications below will be useful sources of content for your research.

    The UN Resolutions are, in essence, guidelines that govern procurement and trade practices as stipulated by the United Nations. They will assist the business community in better understanding the parameters within which they have to operate.

    The Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement, compiled by UNOPS on behalf of the UN system, provides data on United Nations system of organisations procurement of goods and services in support of its operations.

    The Statistical Yearbook is an annual compilation of a wide range of international economic, social and environmental statistics on over 200 countries and areas, compiled from sources including UN agencies and other international, national and specialized organizations.

    The UN Publications website offers a special section with titles on trade and related sectors like finance and development, banking, commodities and international business. Some of the titles are also available as E-books.

    UN Comtrade provides access to information and data on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) and the work of the International Merchandise Trade Statistics Section (IMTSS) of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD).

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