09 September 2008 | Paul Snell
The United Nations Development Programme has launched a website to help buyers around the world share procurement expertise.
The new site, set up by the UN Procurement Capacity Development Centre (PCDC), aims to create a network of individuals and organisations from a range of developing and developed countries, private and public sectors and educational institutions to exchange research, analysis and practical advice about purchasing.
This information should particularly help buyers in developing countries learn how to better form, manage and improve their procurement processes to curb waste, but is aimed at helping all purchasers to exchange notes.
"Until now no web-based forum has existed dedicated to sharing knowledge on improving public procurement in the developing world. This will provide a forum for the exchange of information," the PCDC said.
Buyers can search the site to find information specific to a region or country and it covers particular areas that may need attention, such as e-procurement, anti-corruption measures or education and training. Go to www.unpcdc.org to find out more.
The PCDC was established in January this year and is part of the UN's Capacity Development Group (CDG) in partnership with Danish International Development Assistance, the development arm of the Danish government. The CDG was set up to help developing countries meet the Millennium Development Goals, eight targets such as eradicating extreme poverty and reducing child mortality that the UN has agreed to meet by 2015.