In both the public and private sectors, sound, clear, transparent and appropriate procurement systems and processes are important in facilitating the effective and efficient selection of goods, works and services –important for sustaining economic growth. Increasingly, governments are also relying on the support of the private sector in providing services in sectors such as transport, energy, power, water and communication and with adequate knowledge and appropriate application, public private partnerships (PPPs) can be beneficial in efficiently providing services and enhancing growth. ILI-ACLE work in this area has had significant impact on the continent.
ILI-ACLE has been engaged in procurement reform training across sub-Saharan Africa since its inception, as well as supporting increased capacity building on PPPs. Most technical assistance projects designed and implemented by ILI-ACLE related to public procurement have a strong component on PPPs. ILI-ACLE has played a significant role in procurement reform across the 19 partner states of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) – first by leading a groundbreaking harmonized procurement Directive endorsed by the COMESA Council of Ministers under the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP) and thereafter, conducting national training workshops in the partner states towards enhancing the capacity of procurement officials, and local training institutions across the COMESA region, measuring the level of compliance of the member states with the Directive and engaging the business community in the procurement reform process under the Enhancing Public Procurement Capacity Reform Project (EPRCP). Additionally, with the support of the World Bank, ILI-ACLE has trained over 1,000 procurement officials at the central and district government levels in Rwanda in a three-month diploma programme and a series of short courses. Throughout the implementation of its public procurement reform training activities, ILI-ACLE has highlighted the inextricable link between effective implementation of anti-corruption mechanisms including value for money audit of contracts and enhanced procurement systems.
ILI-ACLE has also conducted numerous relevant procurement reform training programmes, including Public Procurement; Project Procurement; Project Procurement and Contract Administration; Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure; and Private Financing of Infrastructure.