The sixth workshop of the International Research Study on Public Procurement (IRSPP).The workshop was held in The Hague in the Netherlands, November 20-21, 2015.
The theme of this sixth International Research Study workshop was:
Using Public Procurement as a Strategic Lever for achieving Community Benefits
The aim of the workshop was to go beyond straightforward cost containment (achieving savings). Topics covered ranged from getting the suppliers to delivering the goods, service and works promised to the use of public procurement to positively impact society by adding value in terms of sustainability, regional development, innovation, job creation and other policy or development objectives.
Exchanging (positive and negative) experiences with different approaches and within different situations improves our understanding of how best to further development using public procurement. This workshop was for exchanging and discussing these approaches, find out the reasons why they failed or succeeded and learn the lessons from each other.
This research aims to provide a set of policy and practice outcomes of assistance to public policy practitioners.
Before the workshop the participants were asked to fill in a questionnaire outlining the approaches taken or tried in their respective countries. These outlines were collated and analysed by the organizers prior to the workshop to structure the discussions during the workshop. The outlines were discussed by the participants in small groups, so as to allow in depth treatment during the 2 hours allocated to each country.
After the workshop a summary and conclusions were prepared by the workshop organizers. Aside from the common factors identified, a key outcome was that each nation had a different strategic priority, i.e. reducing unemployment, increasing the number of business start ups, or reducing the cost of healthcare etc.
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We are grateful to the following organisations for their sponsorship, without which the workshop could not have taken place.