ACHIEVING VALUE FOR MONEY THROUGH PROCUREMENT
Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) commissioned MCP2 to lead a review into the Department for International Development’s (DFID) approach to its £1.4 billion yearly spend through commercial suppliers.
Ian McPherson and Rona Bassett from MCP2 were tasked to lead the assessment of DFID’s procurement approach, commercial objectives and whether its tendering and contract management practices secured quality programme delivery at competitive prices. This included the review of a sample of 44 contracts including visits to Nigeria and Tanzania to explore some of those contracts in more detail.
An assessment was also requested on if DFID had adequate controls in place against uncompetitive practices and unethical behaviour and how well they captured and applied procurement lessons learned.
Following an extensive period of review, MCP2 delivered a report on DFID’s approach to value for money through tendering and contract management that highlighted there was ‘an appropriate overall approach to procurement with good performance in most areas of tendering, but significant weaknesses in contract management’. The full report including the findings and recommendations can be found at https://icai.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/Achieving-value-for-money-through-procurement-Part-2.pdf
Alongside the report, Ian gave evidence to Parliament’s International Development Committee which is available to watch at https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/78210c2f-7f85-4aaa-9d9a-e0014d764909.