How to spend it: Smart procurement for more effective aid

A report based on six country case studies on procurement, aid untying and using country systems.

During the last decade, donors and recipients have made commitments to improving how development aid is delivered. In recent years, Eurodad and other civil society organisations have examined various aspects of how to make this aid more effective, but so far independent research has paid little attention to the agreements made on procurement- the purchasing of goods and services by governments to implement public projects or provide public services such as infrastructure or health and education services- despite the fact that procurement plays a decisive role in determining how aid is  spent and who is the ultimate beneficiary of aid.

Commitments on procurement oblige donors and recipient countries alike to make reforms that will increase the chance that more aid goes to companies and individuals in developing countries, rather than to companies from the donor country.

This report assesses the progress made against these commitments and looks at how smarter procurement can make aid more effective to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development.

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