Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems


MAPS is the only tool that assesses public procurement systems in their entirety.

By showing what works and what does not, MAPS can support more efficient reforms for better public procurement systems.

MAPS has been used to assess more than 90 countries.


  • Countries can use the Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS) to evaluate how well their public procurement systems work.
  • MAPS is an ambitious, universal tool that can be used by all countries – regardless of income level or development status.
  • MAPS can support countries in implementing modern, efficient, sustainable and more inclusive public procurement systems, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Since 2015, MAPS is undergoing a substantial revision in order to reflect the fact that public procurement has evolved into a strategic function. MAPS was originally created in 2003/2004.
  • The revision was conducted by a diverse stakeholders’ group that consists of previous and future users of the MAPS as well as public procurement experts.1
  • A preliminary tool is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Serbian. The final tool is expected for the fall 2017.


  • MAPS is organised around 4 pillars:
    • (I) Legislative, Regulatory and Policy Framework;
    • (II) Institutional Framework and Management Capacity;
    • (III) Procurement Operations and Market Practices and
    • (IV) Accountability, Integrity and Transparency of the Public Procurement System.
  • Each pillar includes indicators, sub-indicators (qualitative and quantitative) and assessment criteria:



[1] Representatives from the following countries and organisations participated in the exchanges of the stakeholder group: Afghanistan, African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Global Affairs Canada, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Chile, Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), Colombia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), European Commission, Expertise France, Georgia, GIZ - commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Philippines, Senegal, SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, Zambia, as well as independent public procurement consultants.