Let's make procurement less obstructive, more pragmatic — Cordaid

    Top donors like the World Bank provide generous funding to development efforts — if you’re willing to play by their rules, which normally involve huge projects and having to deal with cumbersome bureaucratic processes in procurement.

    And those rules “sometimes don’t make sense,” Cordaid CEO Simone Filippini said in a video interview with Devex Editor Rolf Rosenkranz at the European Development Days in Brussels.

    “If you have to buy aid vehicles for a project and you have to do a huge procurement program, it’s nonsense. And we knew before that it would fail,” explained Filippini. “I think that we have to go through the bureaucratic rules and regulations, see what is useful and cut out what is obstructive in terms of getting results together, and become more pragmatic.”

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