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Our experts help governments realize value-for-money across the life cycle of an asset, and not simply at the point of purchase. 

Governments spend between 12 and 30 per cent of their GDP buying goods, services and infrastructure. Our focus is helping policy-makers and public procurers achieve transformational change through positing their large and long-term spending power as a trigger for scaling-up industrial competitiveness, innovation and technology transfer. We do this by strengthening legal and regulatory provisions on value for money across an asset's life cycle; incorporating environmental and social criteria into the procurement cycle; and providing quantitative evidence on the multiple financial, economic, social and environmental gains that can be realized through sustainable public procurement.

  • Blog
    Three Key Challenges to Innovative Public Procurement

    Three Key Challenges to Innovative Public Procurement

    In our work, we frequently come across three barriers for public procurers in their attempt to implement innovative public procurement. This blog discusses each and provides examples of how they are being addressed.

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  • Blog
    IISD Contributes to the Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank

    IISD Contributes to the Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank

    IISD applauds the New Development Bank for setting out a clear target whereby two thirds of its portfolio will advance sustainable infrastructure as well as their strategic focus on clean energy, irrigation and water resource management.

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  • Report
    Moving Towards Sustainable Performance-Based Procurement in the Western Cape

    Moving Towards Sustainable Performance-Based Procurement in the Western Cape

    Read this report to discover how public procurement is no longer a back-office function anymore, but a crucial pillar for delivering government services, and a strategic one for tackling climate change. 

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  • Report
    Low-Carbon Innovation for Sustainable Infrastructure: The role of public procurement

    Low-Carbon Innovation for Sustainable Infrastructure: The role of public procurement

    This report discusses how to leverage the power of public procurement laws, policies and practices to drive low-carbon innovation in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

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  • Report
    Stormwater Markets: Concepts and applications

    Stormwater Markets: Concepts and applications

    This paper provides an overview of the technology and financing options available to address the stormwater problem in urban areas. The analysis focuses on policy instruments for incentivising private investments into green infrastructure, specifically through the creation of stormwater markets.

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  • Discussion Paper
    Infrastructure Banks: Solutions and best practices

    Infrastructure Banks: Solutions and best practices

    This discussion paper features infrastructure bank best practices and recommendations for countries exploring similar models to support their infrastructure pipelines.

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  • Policy Brief
    Leveraging the Power of the Public Purse: Using public procurement of low-carbon innovation for sustainable infrastructure recommendations to the European Commission and EU member states

    Leveraging the Power of the Public Purse: Using public procurement of low-carbon innovation for sustainable infrastructure recommendations to the European Commission and EU member states

    i24c and International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) publish recommendations for the European Commission and member state authorities on how to better leverage the power of the public purse to drive demand of low-carbon innovation in sustainable infrastructure.

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  • Report
    Contracts for Sustainable Infrastructure: Ensuring the economic, social and environmental co-benefits of infrastructure investment projects

    Contracts for Sustainable Infrastructure: Ensuring the economic, social and environmental co-benefits of infrastructure investment projects

    This report defines sustainable infrastructure, outlines its expected characteristics and co-benefits, and presents why governments must and how they can integrate sustainability into public–private partnerships (PPP) and other infrastructure contracts.

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  • Policy Brief
    Biodiversity and Infrastructure: A better nexus?

    Biodiversity and Infrastructure: A better nexus?

    In this brief, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) provide initial policy guidance for parties to consider prior to COP 14 in Egypt on how biodiversity mainstreaming can be reconciled with the infrastructure sector. 

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  • Data brief
    Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool: Water infrastructure

    Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool: Water infrastructure

    Technical background document for the Sustainable Asset Valuation Tool of IISD (SAVi) for water infrastructure.

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