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. Dozens of countries around the world have already used it.

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

MAPS was originally created by a joint initiative of the World Bank and the Development Assistance Committee (DAC)in 2003. It has been used by the development banks, bilateral development agencies and partner countries to assess their procurement systems. Dozens of countries around the world have already used the Methodology, both in its current and previous version. 

MAPS was updated through a multi-stakeholder process between 2015 and 2018 to match today’s public procurement challenges, such as e-procurement and sustainability. Read more about the revision process here.

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Objectives of the MAPS

  • Allow any country to assess how well their public procurement systems 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  

What does MAPS assess?

Governments need to evaluate their economic and financial systems to maintain accountability, report to their constituents, identify opportunities for reform and monitor progress.

MAPS assess the following aspects of the system:

    Value for money: the basic goal that every procurement system should be providing the required goods, works and services in an economic, efficient, effective and sustainable way.   Transparency: the basic and commonly agreed-upon principle of disclosure to make policies, legal and institutional frameworks and information related to decisions available to the public in a comprehensible, accessible and timely manner.
  Fairness: the ambition that the public procurement process should be free from bias, ensure equal treatment and take decisions accordingly, thus ensuring integrity.         Good governance: recognising the importance of the wider governance context on the way public procurement is conducted and how reforms to procurement are implemented. This aspect includes a reflection of horizontal procurement goals, policy considerations and integrity principles