This video showcases the flexibility in procurement available to borrowers operating in fragile and conflict-affected situations or in emergency situations.


What conditions describe countries in Fragile, Conflict-Affected, and Emergency Situations?

Countries in these situations may experience political instability, weak governance, economic and social insecurity, poverty, civil unrest, or have recently experienced conflict or disasters.

These conditions create challenging operating environments, which often limit the capacity of local industries and the ability for borrowers to plan for and implement procurement activities.

How does ADB help borrowers overcome these challenges to procurement?

ADB follows an internal process that categorizes developing member countries facing fragile and conflict-affected situations.

While procurement procedures have been in place to expedite emergency assistance loans, ADB’s procurement policy now offers greater flexibility to help borrowers simplify the procurement process and initiate projects faster in response to these situations.

How does ADB’s procurement framework enable flexibility for borrowers?

To respond to challenges inherent to such situations, ADB’s procurement framework allows for customized approaches to procurement.

The urgency of the need and the capacity of the borrower and its local markets require careful and timely analysis.

A “one size fits all” approach does not apply; local conditions and other unique factors must be considered to help ensure Value for Money in each procurement situation.

ADB’s Guidance Note proposes practical measures that can facilitate procurement in Fragile, Conflict-Affected, and Emergency Situations.