• User Guide


    www.DevBusiness.com incorporates a powerful search engine that brings chosen pieces of procurement information to your screen with only a few keystrokes. We recommend that you read this section thoroughly so that you fully understand how the search engine works. At the end of this guide you will also find a section explaining how to set up Email Alerts.


    There are three broad categories of procurement information listed in DB Online:

    • Bank Operational Summaries
    • Procurement Notices
    • Contract Awards

    In order to perform any search function, one of the above three categories must be selected.
    Let's take a closer look at each of them.


    The summaries are documents reporting the status of projects under consideration by development banks. Information listed in the summaries includes, among other things: the name of the project, a brief description of the works, the loan amount, and the current status and contact information. Projects appear in the Operational Summary from the point they are identified up to the signing of the loan or credit agreement. After loans or credits are signed, entries for projects are dropped.

    The three published summaries are:

    The World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank summaries are updated monthly while the summary for the African Development Bank Group is updated quarterly. Any change from the previous summary is noted in italics. Also, an (R) at the beginning of the entry indicates that it has been revised. An (N) indicates that it is a new entry and this is the first time it is being reported. A (D) indicates that reporting has been discontinued for the time being, but the project can be reinstated later. An (F) indicates that it is the final time that project is being listed due to the project being approved or discontinued.


    Each year Development Business publishes thousands of procurement notices from development banks, UN agencies and governments. No other website provides such a comprehensive and accurate summary of worldwide tender announcements. For most banks, there are two types of procurement notices: (i) General Procurement Notices (GPN) and (ii) Specific Procurement Notices (SPN).


    These are regularly listed for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and for other agencies as they are sent to us. Contract Awards include, amongst other criteria, the type of goods, works or services sought, the amount of contract awarded, and the name and address of the executing agency. Contract awards help companies and consultants monitor the competition and follow-up on subcontracting opportunities.

    Our Advanced Search Engine

    As a subscriber, you have access to our Advanced Search Engine inside the Projects and Tenders Tab. From this panel (located right under the logo on the left hand side of the screen) you can submit a specific query to our database and get only the most relevant results. To help you do so, we have set up a series of filters that target only those results that meet your criteria.


    This field can be used to search for a particular word or expression that may appear in the document published, e.g. ”Urban” or “River”.


    Multiple sectors can be selected by clicking on respective fields consecutively and then confirming your selection by clicking the “Add to search” button at the bottom of the visual panel.

    A sector category takes into account the overall area of the goods, works or services to be procured, not exclusively the Project objective (e.g., under a Health Project, there may be a procurement notice inviting bids for ambulances, which would be under the Transport Sector).

    When performing sector search one should keep in mind that a sector category could have been assigned in one of three ways: (i) as the overall sector (listed as the "Project Sector"), (ii) as the sector for the goods, works or services being procured (listed as the "Product Sector"), and (iii) for both the Product and Project Sectors. A project is typically "assigned" to one sector. For example, the Malawi First Health Project would have an overall Project Sector designation of "Population, Health and Nutrition," while a procurement notice under the same project inviting bids for ambulances would have a Product Sector designation of "Transport" while a different procurement notice under the same project inviting bids for hospital construction works would have a Product Sector designation of "Construction."

    Please note the following:

    • Procurement announcements advertising consulting services are generally listed with the Sector designation of "Consultants." By selecting both Product and Project Sectors, consultants can search for notices for consulting services as well as for their sector of expertise.

    • The sector for "Transport" includes vehicles.

    • Some procurement notices announce bids for various items that may not all fall within the same sector category. Such notices are listed under ‘miscellaneous’.

    • To effectively use DB Online, searches should be performed by selecting a number of different sectors.


    The list of banks and other financing entities, including UN programmes, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and others allows you to select procurement announcements relating to specific institutions. If you select an instuitution, it will only return results for that entity, and it will return no results if the criteria does not match any content. Operational Summaries are produced for the African Development Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank only. Procurement notices are available for all institutions. Select one or more boxes to find records associated with those institutions.


    This allows you to search by different regional blocs.

    Africa Region: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Republic of Congo), Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia (The Gambia), Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Regional - Africa, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania (United Republic of Tanzania), Zambia, Zimbabwe

    East Asia and Pacific Region: Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Korea (Republic of Korea), Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Regional - East Asia and Pacific, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, Viet Nam

    Europe and Central Asia Region: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Moldova (Republic of Moldova), Poland, Regional - Europe and Central Asia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro (formerly Federal Republic of Yugoslavia), Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

    Latin America and the Caribbean Region: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Regional - Latin America and the Caribbean, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

    Middle East and North Africa Region: Algeria, Bahrain (Kingdom of Bahrain), Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Regional - Middle East and North Africa, Saudi Arabia, Syria (Syrian Arab Republic), Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

    North America Region: Mexico, United States of America

    South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Regional - South Asia, Sri Lanka

    This category subsumes projects that comprise more than one region.


    Generally, this field refers to the country where the project takes place.
    You can add multiple countries to your search.


    • All countries are listed in English with the exception of Côte d'Ivoire.

    • The COUNTRY and REGION filters are mutually exclusive of each other. When a Region is selected, it will not be possible to also select a Country, and when one or more Countries are selected it will not be possible to also select a Region.

    • When performing a search for the country of Viet Nam, be sure to include the space. Searching for "Vietnam" (with no space) will not perform an adequate search.

    • Some projects encompass more than one country within a region. Such procurement notices are listed by the word Regional and a dash (-) followed by the name of the region (i.e. Regional - Latin America and the Caribbean).

    • In rare instances, procurement notices will be listed for countries in different regions (e.g. Kazakhstan and Bolivia). These notices would be generally be listed as "Various"

    Another way to search for a particular country is to use the drop-down menu. The drop-down menu lists individual countries.


    Enter the name of the project. Entering a very detailed name of a project could limit the search. Note that in some instances there could be two different procurement announcements for the same project, but with a slight variation of the name of the project. For example, a project could be listed in one place as the "Uganda: Second Power Project" whereas in another place it could be listed as the "Uganda: Power II Project." In this case, entering the word "Power" would provide the most comprehensive search results.


    This field allows searches for a particular project by loan/credit/grant number. This is a very effective search mechanism, but keep in mind that World Bank projects are not assigned a loan or credit number until the loan/credit is actually approved and signed. Some procurement notices could have been published before a loan or credit was assigned. Using this search mechanism would not bring up any notices published before the loan/credit was signed.


    This field allows for a comprehensive search for a particular deadline within a certain period. Fill up the date from which you want to start the search and optionally, the date when you want it to end.


    This field allows for a comprehensive search for notices posted in a specific period. Fill in the date from which you want to start the search and optionally, the date when you want it to end.


    Each time that a notice is submitted for publication in Development Business, a reference number is assigned.  This field allows a search for specific reference number, (i.e., ADB18, AfDB34, WB1801).


    Use the drop-down menu to choose amongst the options available according to the status of a publication (i.e., Procurement Notice, Contract Awards, etc.) as follows:

    • On hold – Notice is processed and available online but is awaiting confirmation or additional information to be published

    • Published   Notice is fully processed and available online

    • Updated – Notice previously published where information content was revised

    • Cancelled – Notice reflecting a procurement that has been cancelled by the implementing agency

    • Deleted -  Notice has been withdrawn from the website

    My Preferred Search

    If you regularly perform the same searches, you can save your search criteria so you do not have to enter the same information every time you login to your account.

    This feature is only available to our subscribers.

    Click on “Projects and Tenders” and select the tab “Advanced Search”. You will find it right under the logo. Once the blue panel opens up, select your search criteria. For example, you may want to add a keyword, two sectors, three institutions, and a region.

    Once you have entered your search parameters, go ahead and SAVE your search. Click on the orange button “Save this search”

    A prompt pops up asking you to give your search a name. Enter any name you like in here as this is only for your own use and reference. The next time you log into DevBusiness.com you can simply visit your bookmarked search by clicking on “My Preferred Search” to see if any new opportunities match your criteria.

    How to set up Email Alerts

    You can sign up to receive email alerts daily, once or twice per week. You will receive an email indicating that a notice has been published that meets your criteria.

    First, go to "Advanced Search" on the Projects and Tenders page. Select whatever criteria you wish (such as a keyword, a sector, etc.) then save the search by selecting the "Save Search" tab. You will be prompted to name your search. You can give it any name you want, but try to keep it simple and memorable.

    You will then be able to go to your profile page by following this link: My Account (you can also find it on the top right corner directly under your login) or at any time by selecting Resources then For Subscribers then Manage My Account.

    Finally, make sure to check the box next to "Notify me by email when new notices match my preferred search criteria" under E-mail alerts. Select your preferred search from the dropdown and indicate how often you wish to receive the alerts. For now, you can only receive email alerts for one saved search. Please feel free to send us your feedback to this email address: dbusiness@un.org

    If you are having trouble setting up e-mail alerts, please click here to view a step-by-step guide.