About PPRP II (Extension Phase)

PPRP Contract Signing Ceremony 1
Mr. Md. Faruque Hossain, DG, CPTU; Mr. Zafrul Islam, World Bank; Mr. Md. Shahid Ulla Khandaker, IMED;
Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, ED, BIGD, & Mr. RafiqulIslam Talukdar at the signing ceremony (From left to right)

During the period 2002-2007, the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh implemented the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP) and then began implementing the Public Procurement Reform Project–II (PPRP-II) in September 2007 with the financial support from the International Development Association (IDA). The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), under the Ministry of Planning, is implementing the project. The broad objective of the PPRP-II is to improve performance of the public procurement system progressively in Bangladesh, focusing largely on the key sectoral ministries and targeting their implementing agencies including Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Rural Electrification Board (REB), and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).

The PPRP II has four components as follows: 

i.     Furthering policy reform and institutionalizing capacity development;
ii.    Strengthening Procurement management at the sectoral level& CPTU/IMED;
iii.    Introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP);
iv.    Behavioral Change Communication and Social Accountability.

The Behaviour Change Communication and Social Accountability component of the project focuses on two separate but interrelated goals: (a) further strengthening of the stakeholders’ knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the e-GP and the ongoing reforms aiming to establish a well-functioning public procurement system in the country; and (b) engage key stakeholders, including relevant Government entities, civil society partners, private sector, media, and local communities in a Third Party Monitoring (TPM) system to promote transparency and accountability in the procurement process and its outcomes.

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, established an agreement (dated 28th July 2015) with the government (CPTU) to help design and implement the social accountability mechanism that aims to institutionalize and develop a Third Party Monitoring system in the public procurement process in the country.

Based on the lessons learned from the phase II, and in consultation with CPTU and the World Bank, BIGD has reformulated the existing Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC). It will also help ensure effective functioning of the committee so that it can provide policy inputs to strengthen the public procurement system of the country. At the same time, it is responsible for implementing a public procurement monitoring and accountability mechanism by engaging citizen groups as a third party in the public procurement system. This will include selecting an implementing partner at the field level and to build their capacity in public procurement issues so that this agency can ensure TPM engagement in the procurement system at the local level.