The nature of multiple procurement rules and the policy issues arising from multiplicity of rules: a case study of Ghana

Borson, Fred (2016) The nature of multiple procurement rules and the policy issues arising from multiplicity of rules: a case study of Ghana. MPhil thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Many African countries such as Ghana have adopted rules and procedures that regulate the conduct of public procurement. These developing countries usually rely on foreign aid, which is disbursed through public procurement, to undertake major development projects. However, unreliable domestic systems contribute to the motivation of donors who usually require beneficiary countries to apply procurement rules and procedures set out by the donor for the implementation of development projects funded by the donor. Different rules of donors are applicable to procurement in addition to existing rules under the domestic regime, which results in the application of multiple procurement rules.

Adopting a doctrinal approach, this thesis examines the issues of multiple procurement regimes using Ghana as a case study. It seeks to analyse the manner of interaction between the rules of the different regimes and to identify and elaborate the policy issues arising from the application and interaction of the different sets of rules.

The thesis concludes that policies of the multiple procurement rules are almost the same but rather expressed in different terminologies. However, implementation of the multiple rules may have negative implications not only for the achievement of domestic policies such as value for money and simplification of procedures, but also for policies of the development partners that seek to promote domestic development on issues such as corruption and local capacity development. Particularly, the significant complexity created in the system, may work against other policies on domestic development

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MPhil)
Supervisors: Arrowsmith, Sue
Wang, Ping
Keywords: Procurement; Ghana; Foreign aid; Development aid; World Bank; Development financing; Aid to Africa; multiple procurement rules
Subjects: K Law > KQ Africa
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Law
Item ID: 33061
Depositing User: Borson, Fred
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 09:28
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 10:20

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