Assessment of Sustainable Public Procurement Practices in Ethiopian Public Procurement and Property Disposal Services and Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency

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Addis Ababa University


The objective of this study was to assess the practices of Sustainable Public Procurement in two public procurement organizations: Public Procurement and Property Disposable services, and Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency. The research used descriptive and explanatory types of research design, and also used the quantitative and qualitative approach. The target populations were employees who are involved in procurement, contracting team, Property administration team, Market research and valuation team of the two organizations and their total number were 81. Primary data, through the use of questionnaire and semi structured interview were used and secondary data such as; Public procurement proclamations, directives and various internal documents, books, journals were reviewed. The collected data, from the questionnaire, was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics by aid of Statistical Package for Social Science version 20. The major finding of the study indicates that the practice of sustainable public procurement in the two public procurement organizations, is in its infancy stages. Very few variables of the sustainability considerations were incorporated in their public procurement proclamation, directives, working manuals, framework agreement, and General and Special Conditions of contract and also very few variables of the sustainability considerations were practiced in the day to day procurement activities by the procurement professionals. Among the three Sustainable Public Procurement dimensions; environmental and social sustainability considerations were almost absent in their policy day to day procurement practices. In additions, the non-inclusion of majority of the sustainability considerations, as a policy or in their day to day procurement activities, has potentially bring undesirable consequences in to the environment, and exacerbated the social and economic aspects of Sustainable Public Procurement. The correlation result indicated that there were positive relationship between all of independent variables (Level of knowledge on Sustainable Public Procurement, Adequacy of training on Sustainable Public Procurement, Various challenges) and the dependent variable (Practices of Sustainable Public Procurement).The researcher recommends that, initiative has to be started on the formulation of sustainable public procurement policy and national implementation strategy, by Public Procurement and Property Disposable services, and Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency and in consultation with responsible stakeholders that translates how economic, environmental and social sustainability considerations need to be addressed through public procurement. In additions, a wider procurement reform will be required, by the two public procurement organization, considering sustainability at the different stages of the procurement cycles. Besides that, education and training on sustainable public procurement at the individual procurement professional level need to be provided to increase knowledge base for implementing sustainable procurement. With this problem, the researcher recommend further study to be carried out on the way forward on how the country adopt and implement the sustainability considerations in its the public procurement.



Sustainable, Procurement, Economic, Environmental, Social