The Role of Public Procurement in Achieving the SDGs | An ASEAN Regional Dialogue

October 5, 2021

The Regional Dialogue is organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its FairBiz – Promoting Fair Business environment in ASEAN, in partnership with UN Women's WeEmpowerAsia programme, Open Government Partnership, Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (COST) and Open Contracting Partnership. The FairBiz project is supported by the UK Government, ASEAN Economic Reform Programme.

The Dialogue will bring together government representatives from the region along with private sector leaders and civil society representatives interested in learning more about and/or implementing the sustainable public procurement agenda via the SDGs, integrity and value-for-money lenses.

This Regional Dialogue will contribute to:

  • Promoting the use of sustainable public procurement as a strategic tool in achieving progress on the SDGs.
  • Introducing new resources from UNDP advocating for a collective action approach and multi-actor collaboration to improve the procurement ecosystem.
  • Building community of practice and learning for procurement practitioners and reformers in the Asia region.
  • Understanding and managing integrity risks in public procurement vis-à-vis SDG attainments.
  • Inspiring the community of practitioners and reformers in the region to adopt innovative solutions to procurement challenges. 
  • Facilitating knowledge exchange by showcasing relevant use cases and case studies
  • Sharing emerging technology trends in public procurement


WeEmpowerAsia is a UN Women programme funded by and in partnership with the European Union that seeks to increase the number of women who lead and participate in business in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. For more information, visit

The Infrastructure Transparency Initiative - CoST is one of the leading global initiatives improving transparency, participation and accountability in public infrastructure. CoST opens up infrastructure investment to multi-stakeholder scrutiny, empowering citizens and catalysing reforms that lead to quality infrastructure, stronger economies and better lives.  

The Open Government Partnership is an international multi-stakeholder initiative that provides an opportunity for government and civil society reformers to make governments more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Working together, government and civil society determine concrete reforms that are implemented through action plans that follow a two-year implementation cycle and are independently monitored. Founded in 2011, 78 countries, 76 local jurisdictions – representing more than two billion people – along with thousands of civil society organisations have joined the Partnership. Collectively, they have made 4,360 commitments in 283 biennial action plans. 

Open Contracting Partnership is a not-for-profit working in over 50 countries to open up and transform government contracting worldwide. We bring open data and open government together to make sure public money is spent openly, fairly and effectively. We support reformers from government, business and civil society to make reforms stick, help their innovations jump scale, and foster a culture of openness around the policies, teams, tools, data, and results needed to deliver impact.


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