A Development Today analysis of Swedish aid procurement statistics for 2004 shows that in two-thirds of the largest Sida-financed consultancy contracts, there was no competitive tendering.
According to Sida lawyer Stefan Roos, this contradicts the spirit of Sida’s procurement rules, introduced two years ago, which were supposed to increase international competition in Swedish aid-financed procurement
Swedish suppliers continued to dominate last year, while foreign companies captured only a small fraction of the Swedish aid market.
Norwegian suppliers in the so-called NOREPS system have been awarded contracts worth over NOK 50 million in relation to tsunami relief efforts. More contracts are likely to come as empty UN and NGO storage facilities in Norway and abroad have ran out of the Norwegian products.