Fivefold rise in UN procurements from developing countries

UNICEF world warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. The past decade has seen a significant increase of U.N. procurement from countries in the “global south.” Photo by: Boegh on Flickr / CC BY-SA

The United Nations spent $16.1 billion on lifesaving goods and services in 2013, $9.7 billion of which was sourced from developing countries and those with an economy in transition, according to the global body’s latest annual procurement report. This represents a $738 million increase compared with 2012.

Orders from suppliers in the “global south” have grown nearly fivefold over the past decade, jumping from $2 billion in 2003 to $9.7 billion in 2013. This is consistent with a General Assembly resolution from 2005 calling all U.N. organizations to increase opportunities for vendors in developing countries or countries with economies in transition.

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    Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.