Capacity Building for SPP in Developing Countries

In December 2008, the Swiss government and the United Nations Environment Programme established a partnership to implement the methodology developed by the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement to implement SPP (MTF Approach on SPP). This partnership resulted in the implementation of a project entitled “Capacity Building for Sustainable Public Procurement in Developing Countries”, whereby UNEP rolled out the MTF Approach to SPP over the 2009-2012 period in 7 pilot countries (Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius, Tunisia and Uruguay), with the support of the European Commission, the Swiss Government and the Organization of Francophone Countries.


The project promoted capacity building and provided support for the development of Sustainable Public Procurement policies in developing countries. Selected pilot countries tested the approach on Sustainable Public Procurement developed by the Marrakech Task Force. The lessons learned from the project served to improve the Approach and raise awareness on Sustainable Public Procurement. 


In order to reach the above mentioned objectives, a series of trainings sessions took place in various regions of the world to ensure the creation of a pool of qualified experts able to provide assistance to governments wishing to engage in SPP. Additionally, the project foresaw a number of supporting activities aimed at providing assistance to the six project countries for the development of a national Sustainable Public Procurement policy and related implementation plan. The monitoring of this plan was done by international experts selected by United Nations Environment Programme in collaboration with the Marrakech Task Force.

Projects results 

In 2009, the project focused its activities on the building of human and institutional capacities. 120 experts from 48 countries (including pilot project managers) were trained on SPP and on the MTF Approach to SPP during 5 training sessions held in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa.

All 7 pilot countries developed SPP policies and action plans through the MTF Approach on SPP. 

In addition, a report containing policy conclusions and recommendations was presented to the Commission for Sustainable Development final session dedicated to Sustainable Consumption and Production (2011).

The project produced a number of key outputs: 
  • Guidelines of what has now become the UNEP’s SPP Approach, which incorporate the lessons drawn from the testing of the MTF Approach to SPP in the 7 pilot countries;
  • Study on the Impacts of Sustainable Public Procurement on Sustainable Development: this study is a first attempt to provide a methodology for measuring the sustainable development impacts and market changes of SPP, through the analysis of 8 international case studies;
  • Training toolkit for decision-makers, suppliers and procurers: UNEP has developed an SPP training toolkit – adaptable to national contexts - incorporating the lessons from the 5 training sessions conducted in 2009-2011 and of the pilot implementation of the SPP Approach

To view the project country outputs, please visit this page.