The Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS) is the only tool that assesses public procurement systems in their entirety. It is universal and can be used by all countries - regardless of income level or development status. 90 countries have already used it.

By showing what works and what does not, MAPS can support more efficient reforms for better public procurement systems.

The MAPS methodology is built around 4 pillars and 14 indicators that correspond to aspirational characteristics of a public procurement system. The 4 pillars are: 

  1. Legal, Regulatory and Policy Framework
  2. Institutional Framework and Management Capacity
  3. Public Procurement Operations and Market Practices
  4. Accountability, Integrity and Transparency of the Public Procurement System

The indicator framework is complemented by

  • a user’s guide
  • country context analysis
  • 6 supplementary modules that allow focused assessments of specific areas

MAPS was originally created by a joint initiative of the World Bank and the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in 2003/4. It has been used by the development banks, bilateral development agencies and partner countries to assess their procurement systems. The original Methodology was used by over 90 countries targeting mostly developing countries. 

Starting in the spring of 2015, MAPS has been updated to match today’s public procurement challenges. Read more about the revision process here.

Objectives of the MAPS

  • Allow any country to assess how well their public procurement system work
  • Support countries in implementing modern, efficient, sustainable and more inclusive public procurement systems, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.


MAPS is:


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  It works for all countries: it also considers country context and political environment   To develop systems: Initiate improvements, encourage dialogue, monitor progress   So that different partners have to conduct only one assessment for their different purposes  

MAPS Stakeholders

The MAPS revision was led by an informal group of countries, parties and institutions that have a particular interest in the MAPS – either because they have used the methodology or have been assessed with it. The group met regularly to drive the update of the MAPS.

Representatives from the following countries and organisations participated in the exchanges of the stakeholder group :


AfDB logo USaid logo‌‌  Australian Government Logo
Canada logo‌  ChileCompra logo CEB logo‌ 
EBRD logo  EC logo IDB logo‌‌ 
 OECD logo Sigma logo Swiss SECO logo



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