About the UN Procurement Capacity Development Centre (PCDC)
PCDC works with and for the global public procurement community to achieve development results through efficient, transparent and accountable procurement systems.
We support the development of national and sub-national procurement capacities through advocacy and field-based advisory support services as well as through developing and disseminating guidance materials, tools, methodologies and approaches relating to procurement capacity development.
The PCDC is part of the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group (KICG) in UNDP and works closely with and through partners to achieve its objectives and visions for the future. In addition to expanding its advisory support, the PCDC strives to be the leading resource and networking centre within the field of procurement capacity development.
UNDP, in partnership with Danida, launched the UN Procurement Capacity Development Centre (PCDC) in January 2008 in response to the growing demand for a resource centre to support procurement capacity development.
The idea for PCDC emerged out of a global network around the OECD-DAC/World Bank Roundtable on Strengthening National Procurement. Now the Task Force on Procurement, this network, which includes procurement specialists from partner countries and their development partners, is united behind a common goal to increase the development of national procurement capacity, including strengthening of procurement systems, with a view to improving aid effectiveness and achieving development goals.
Our Approach to capacity development
Our approach to capacity development is based on the premise that only through nationally owned and led processes will capacity development lead to sustainable results. Therefore we support endogenous processes aimed at strengthening country systems for procurement.
Our entry point is the UNDP approach to capacity development. UNDP defines capacity development as 'the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time'. The online guide to procurement capacity development supports this definition by enabling countries to take the lead on their own terms.
PCDC shares the UN's value base: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity. The centre has, however, also formulated a set of additional, unique values or guiding principles, which underpin our approach to capacity development and inform our work.
National Ownership - we believe that strategies,
decisions and choices relating to public procurement capacity and
its on-going development should be nationally lead and grounded in
priorities that are nationally determined.
Participation - drawing in all relevant government and country-level stakeholders helps create legitimacy and ownership and contributes to sustainable change.
Sustainability - capacity development is a long-term process and usually requires fundamental changes in behaviour, norms and values that go beyond quick fixes that focus only on strengthening skills, processes and systems.
Performance & Efficiency - providing value for money to government and delivering public services requires a pragmatic approach that balances long-term sustainable change with "quick wins" that improve delivery immediately.
Brokering - connecting people and their ideas, solutions and concepts, both innovative and tried and tested, within countries, regions or around the globe.
Holistic Viewpoint - procurement capacity development requires much more than a "training and workshops perspective": to be effective it should involve not just the individual, but the organization and the enabling environment.