Public Procurement Change Agents Programme



In many places, stakeholders in public procurement systems express discontent and frustration about the perceived shortcomings.  The UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Programme equips frustrated stakeholders to constructively address the problems or opportunities that they may perceive. The Programme includes training and subsequent support and advice to enable participants to put into practice what they have learned.

Designed For:

The target audience for the Programme are potential Change Agents: those who are themselves stakeholders in a public procurement system; and/or those who act as “honest brokers” by supporting stakeholders to better understand the problems or opportunities they perceive and to take action to facilitate constructive change. Potential Change Agents may include:

• Development organisations that are working to support partners interested in public procurement reform;

• Political actors who are seeking to frame a public procurement policy agenda;

• Public/ civil servants who want to improve public procurement capacity;

• Civil society representatives who are dissatisfied with a public procurement system and who are seeking to make positive changes;

• Business and industry associations representatives that perceive shortcomings or are seeking to make improvements; and

• Public procurement managers who may be challenged in implementing public procurement reforms.


Learning outcomes

The course aims to equip participants to constructively address public procurement related problems and opportunities by introducing and applying the following concepts, tools and techniques. 


Public procurement systems and their workings:

• the nature of various procurement systems including policy objectives, legislative and regulatory bases and their practice implications.

• strengths and weaknesses of various procurement systems

• general points of intervention for policy and practice improvement in each system


Evidence based policy development and practice transformation

• the concept of evidence based policy and practice development and its application to the development of public procurement systems

• available sources of data/information for understanding the workings of public procurement systems

• analytical tools and techniques to provide evidence to support policy development and practice transformation 


Stakeholder identification and engagement

• the stakeholders in the various aspects of public procurement systems

• the manifestations of problems and opportunities from the point of view of stakeholders

• the needs, issues and influences of stakeholders

• effectively engaging stakeholders in opportunity realization or problem resolution

• sustaining stakeholder motivation and engagement


In addition, information is provided about how the participants may access the supports available through the UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Programme including:

• the ongoing assistance of the UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Advisor;

• a moderated Public Procurement Change Agents Forum via a collaboration platform; and,

• when all else fails, access to pre-qualified consultants through a public procurement reform expert roster.

Topics to be covered:

Using the information about procurement systems and case studies elicited prior to each course from participants, (and where these are insufficient in range and depth, augmented as necessary with provided examples), the content is introduced as follows:


Day 1​ Public procurement systems and their workings


Day 2​ Evidence based policy development and practice transformation 


Day 3​ Stakeholder identification and engagement


Day 4​ Fully worked case study examples and information on access to the post training support and advice


Interactive and team based learning activities are to promote observation and reflection and to support assimilation of the course content by participants are featured throughout the training. 





US$ 3,520 including training and post-training support and advice:

• Ongoing assistance of the UNDP Public Procurement Change Agents Advisor

• Access to a moderated Public Procurement Change Agents Forum

• Access pre-qualified consultants through the UNDP’s public procurement reform expert roster