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Tracking Procurements: What You Need to Know

By Oliver Subasinghe07 July 2009

Tracking international development business opportunities requires targeted networking as well as a thorough search of public documents and donor Web sites. Photo by: Peter Bate/Inter-American Development Bank

The art of tracking procurements involves piecing together a mosaic of information from multiple sources as early as possible in a project's life cycle.

Methods of tracking request for proposals and other types of contracts, tenders, or grants come down to the time and resources an organization can dedicate to the effort.

"Narrow down your search into phases starting with what countries you're focused on, and then do some background research on a given country or technical area," said Beatrice Bezmalinovic, a senior associate for Momenteum Group and trainer for InsideNGO, an association of nonprofit groups headquartered in Westport, Conn.

After identifying key priority areas and countries, the tracking process should continue with a search of public documents and Web sites. These documents give clues as to which priority areas may lead to future contracts.

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Oliver Subasinghe

Oliver joined Devex in late 2008 as an international development correspondent and researcher. He previously served as a microfinance fellow for Kiva in Kenya and Uganda. During his tenure, he worked with Kiva’s field partners to improve their operations and governance. Oliver holds a master's in business from the College of William & Mary.


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