Global: Procurement Index for the Health Sector

Innovation Areas: DESIGN THINKING, BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHT
Stage: Early stage

to improve the transparency of procurement in the health sector

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The problem addressed

The initiative aims to improve the transparency of procurement in the health sector with regard to its environmental impact, and encourage UN agencies and their suppliers/manufacturers to produce, procure and supply in a more environmentally friendly manner. Overall the project is aligned with the post-2015 agenda and UN initiative “Greening the Blue” which aim to “walk the talk” of implementing sustainability agenda into UN practices. With an overall interest to promote climate neutrality with the UN, this project should be seen as a step towards a continuous improvement process aiming at transforming the global health sector as an example of greening economies.

The intervention

To develop the Project Roadmap, numerous stakeholders from public and private sector have been included in the development of the roadmap and have provided valuable feedback on it. Through a co-planning process, GPIH Project Team has collaborated with:

UN agencies (UNDP (including the Human Development Report Office), UNFPA, WHO and UNEP), Consultancies and think-tanks (Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, Copenhagen Economics), NGOs (Health Care Without Harm Europe and Sustainable Purchasing Council), Universities and Institutes (Aarhus University Hospital, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Ecoinstitut SCCL, International Institute for Sustainable Development).

The partners

To develop the Project Roadmap, numerous stakeholders from public and private sector have been included in the development of the roadmap and have provided valuable feedback on it. Through a co-planning process, GPIH Project Team has collaborated with:

UN agencies (UNDP (including the Human Development Report Office), UNFPA, WHO and UNEP), Consultancies and think-tanks (Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, Copenhagen Economics), NGOs (Health Care Without Harm Europe and Sustainable Purchasing Council), Universities and Institutes (Aarhus University Hospital, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Ecoinstitut SCCL, International Institute for Sustainable Development).

Results/outcomes

2013 UN procurement data analysis has shown which are the most procured products in the health sector by the UN (in terms of the quantity and financial volumes); which companies are top UN suppliers (to which companies UN is mostly exposed to); which products show be used for the pilot-phase of the GPIH;

 

As procurement officers are regarded as end-users of the GPIH, senior UNDP and UNFPA procurement officers have been interviewed and they advised on the product categories which can be used for the testing of the GPIH metrics (low-hanging fruits);

 

Stakeholder Mapping Exercise has shown the key stakeholders for GPIH project who should be a part of the stakeholder engagement process envisioned to span across future phases of the project. Moreover, stakeholder engagement has been broaden through social media channels, e.g. Twitter profile.

 

The substantive work on phase 0 has helped to gain new members for the iIATT-SPHS (UN informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector) – namely the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNITAID.

Lessons identified

Multi-stakeholder engagement (co-designing and collaborative process – share and learn processes) in the early phases of the project was crucial in ensuring that valuable perspectives on the first draft of the project roadmap are taken into consideration and integrated in the future phases of the project,

Alliance approach is needed to increase the acceptance of relevant stakeholders and end-users of the project's main output,

Involvement of end-users is very helpful and gives good insight how a project can be implemented in the most efficient way;

Immediate applicability of project’s outcomes is welcomed and identified as a relevant approach to the development of the project and to ensure the early acceptance by the end-users.

Contact person

Dr. Christoph Hamelmann: Christoph.hamelmann@undp.org

Related materials

Article: Green Procurement Index (Health): Road map development

Overview: UN Initiative on Greening Procurement in the Health Sector

Budget

$80,000 USD



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