Buying a better future

The URBACT Knowledge Hub brings together good practices from across the EU, with the latest urban trends, to fill the gaps and make sure that the learning is within everyone's reach. At URBACT we see procurement as a strategic lever that cities can use to address the economic, social and environmental challenges they face. Building on the experience of URBACT networks, we developed a wealth of resources on strategic procurement, including a free online course targeted at anyone with an interest in procurement and changing the way it is undertaken in cities.

 

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What is public procurement?

Public procurement is the process used by municipalities and other institutions to buy goods, services and works which enable them to deliver their activities.

 

At URBACT we see procurement as a strategic lever that cities can use to address the economic, social and environmental challenges they face.

 

We think procurement could be used to create jobs and apprenticeships, to develop workers skills and reduce carbon emissions. We call this strategic procurement.

 

 

 

 

How does URBACT supports cities to improve their procurement strategies?

 

 

 

 

 

In 2015, the work of the PROCURE network paved the way for a future generation of URBACT cities eager to enhance their procurement processes. The core learning from the network was that procurement has to be viewed as a cycle. We called this process “the Cycle of Procurement”.

 

In 2018, the Making Spend Matter Transfer Network started working on transferring one of the key steps of the cycle called Spend Analysis across seven cities.

 

Since 2017, URBACT and the City of Preston have been contributing to the Urban Agenda Partnership on Public Procurement pushing forward public procurement as a strategic driver to help public authorities solve challenges they are dealing with, be they social, economic or environmental. 

URBACT Online Course on Strategic Procurement

About the course

Drawing upon the activities of Procure and Making Spend Matter's cities, URBACT has developed a free online course to equip cities with the knowledge and tools required to embed social and environmental criteria into the process of public procurement and to progress strategic procurement.

URBACT online course on strategic procurement

Who is this course for?

This free and online training is targeted at anyone with an interest in procurement and changing the way it is undertaken in cities. You could be a mayor or politician, a civil servant working in strategy or procurement department, or working in urban and economic development, or someone completely different and willing to learn! 

 

What's the structure of the course?

Released in 2021, the course comprises of 7 training modules and accompanying city case-studies covering the procurement cycle. In addition to the original course, URBACT released 4 new transversal modules to raise awareness and help cities implement gender responsive public procurement at local level. Developed in collaboration with EIGE, the course is made of 6 videos, including 2 case studies.

URBACT Toolbox

Start now your Strategic Public Procurement journey with the introduction general module and the first part of the gender responsive sequence.