The World Bank procurement regulations: a critical analysis of the enforcement mechanism and of the application of secondary policies in financed projects

Meireles, Marta de Castro (2006) The World Bank procurement regulations: a critical analysis of the enforcement mechanism and of the application of secondary policies in financed projects. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

Many national and international instruments have been concerned with building an effective procurement system. In this context, particular procurement issues, such as the implementation of secondary policies, the review mechanism to address complaints, provisions on electronic procurement or rules governing privately financed projects, have received an in-depth examination. However, the particular analysis of those issues in the context of World Bank-funded procurement has been given almost no attention in the literature. Discussing such issues in the context of World Bank procurement involves special consideration because of the status and character of the organisation and the special nature of the relationship between the Bank, the borrower, and private parties involved in the procurement process.

This thesis proposes to offer a critical analysis of the World Bank procurement system in two specific respects, namely enforcement mechanisms and secondary policies. There are two main objectives in this study. The first one is to examine the current position in respect of those two issues, since there is no literature that offers a significant analysis of these points. Once it is determined what the current position is, this study will offer a critique of the rules and suggestions for reform, based on the particular character of the World Bank procurement system.

In terms of the first subject, several options for establishing a complaints mechanism are considered. Since none offer a wholly satisfactory answer for the particular needs of the World Bank procurement system, this study has tried to offer a conciliatory suggestion whereby the current system of suppliers’ complaints would be strengthened by a more formal review mechanism. Regarding the analysis of secondary policies, it is suggested that the current provisions could be improved in three main ways; namely, through a review of the policies set in the Guidelines; through greater use of national policies, and by providing further scope for implementing international standards.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Supervisors:Arrowsmith, S.
Uncontrolled Keywords:world bank, procurement, industrial procurement
Faculties/Schools:UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Law
ID Code:1586
Deposited By:Mr Tim Jacob
Deposited On:20 Oct 2010 09:39
Last Modified:20 Oct 2010 09:39

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