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Publication(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2018-06) Turkewitz, Joel ; Nozadze, Sandro ; Davenport, Stephen R. ; Sjoberg, Fredrik ; Mellon, Jonathan ; Brough, Mark ; La Cascia, Hunt ; Agar, Mediha ; La Cascia, Joseph HuntingtonThe document provides a brief overview of the size and composition of public procurement. It then examines performance in relation to two key outcome variables – the success rate of competitive tenders, and the level of competition in open procedures. The nature of the performance issues in these two areas are explored, and specific recommendations are developed for improving performance in the short to medium term. A different perspective on performance is then provided through examining the degree to which small and medium firms participate in procurement tenders and are awarded contracts. A final section provides a limited number of recommendations on steps to establish a continuous process of data analysis and performance evaluation.