Development Aid

Supporting improved procurement practice within MDBs, IFIs and Developing Countries

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and other development aid organisations (DAOs) are aiming for ever greater expenditure on more complex projects in a more competitive development aid finance environment; all within the context of developing countries with rapidly evolving needs.

This environment demands a more flexible and tailored project procurement approach that delivers greater value whilst managing risk.

ArcBlue supports organisations to improve the practice of procurement in the delivery of development projects.

ArcBlue Development Aid Services

The support we provide ranges from sweeping strategic organisational procurement reform, to procurement risk assessment, planning and implementation support, to procurement capability and training of agencies within developing countries.

Listed below are some of the areas of support we have provided to our Development Aid clients.

Procurement Reform

Adopting a strategic approach to project procurement

Risk Assessment

Assessing procurement risks at the country, sector, agency and project levels

Project Procurement Support

Supporting project procurement planning and implementation

Capability Development

Building procurement capacity across the finance hierarchy

Procurement Reform

Design and implementation of procurement reform

ArcBlue has worked with the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on reforming their procurement practices from a price-focused transactional approach to one of optimising value for money.

We supported ADB in the design and roll-out of its New Procurement Framework (NPF), including:

  • Supporting ADB in the development of a suite of 24 Guidance Notes on Procurement
  • Development of a change management strategy for the implementation of the NPF to ADB’s internal staff and Executing Agencies, involving stakeholder mapping, development of communications and training plans, and development of a feedback capture process
  • Implementation of the NPF change management strategy including designing and conducting a procurement training needs analysis of ADB staff, developing training materials and a suite of procurement eLearning modules, developing communications, conducting training clinics, and designing performance measures to gauge the success of the reform

Risk Assessment

Assessing procurement risks at the country, sector, agency and project levels

ArcBlue understands that procurement risk occurs at multiple levels in development projects, at the public institutional level in developing countries, at the sector level, at the level of Executing Agencies (EAs) and Implementing Agencies (IAs) and at the project level.

We have conducted country procurement risk assessments for MDBs as well as project sector and agency risks in a number of developing countries. As well, we have performed project risk assessments for MDB development projects in Central Asia.

Whilst the procurement capacity of EAs and IAs is a major risk, ArcBlue believes that whole-of-project risks should be identified and assessed to ensure that risk is properly managed, including risks through procurement planning, procurement execution and contract implementation.

Project Procurement Support

Supporting project procurement planning and implementation

ArcBlue has not only authored strategic procurement planning guidelines for MDBs and trained numerous people in MDBs and their DMCs on strategic procurement planning, we have also used those guidelines to perform strategic procurement planning on live development projects.

The resulting strategic procurement plans we produced have been held up as benchmark examples for other consultants to emulate.

We analyse internal requirements, procurement capacity, stakeholder needs, the external environment, the supply market, and project procurement risks to generate procurement strategies that are fit-for-purpose and deliver value for money.

We have consultants experienced in public procurement, infrastructure projects and development aid that can assist MDBs, IFIs and DMCs in the procurement implementation of development projects.

Capability Development

Building procurement capacity across the finance hierarchy

Building procurement capacity in the public and private sector is a passion that drives ArcBlue.

We have a team specialising in procurement capability development and we’ve delivered training programs for MDBs and multiple public sector organisations.

We offer competency and capacity assessment, training needs analysis, capacity development program design, training materials development, e-learning module development, training delivery and training effectiveness measurement.

As part of ADB’s procurement reform, we developed a suite of ten procurement e-learning modules that have been used by hundreds of agencies and individuals across Asia and the world to build procurement capacity.

We have conducted procurement capacity training sessions supporting MDBs in India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines in addition to ArcBlue’s core capability development offering that we have delivered to many public and private sector organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere.

Speak to our specialists

Find out more about how we partner with development banks and other development aid institutions


Chris Gunn

Managing Consultant

Chris has broad MDB experience in strategic procurement planning, risk assessment, framework development, change management and capacity development.


Adrian Gjurasic

Regional Director, Southeast Asia

Adrian leads our Development Aid and International Financial Institution practice.


Jacqui Priestly

Executive Manager, Capability

Jacqui leads our Capability Development practice and has extensive experience in building public sector procurement capacity.


Chris Newman

Managing Director

Chris has a passion for developing procurement maturity in public institutions and in the social benefits procurement can provide.


Kitty Villani-Cohen

Senior Consultant

Kitty has senior MDB procurement experience having been General Director of Information Technology Procurement Directorate with the Council of Europe Development Bank. She is Vice-Chair of the FIDIC International Financial Institutions Committee and a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.