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  • Promoting Best-Value Practices in Ethiopia

    Under the GPI, USTDA works with the Ethiopian government, including Ethiopian Electric Power, to encourage best-value procurement practices.

    Promoting Best-Value Practices in Ethiopia
  • Strengthening a Partnership

    USTDA welcomed a high-level delegation of Philippine government officials, who received advanced training in life-cycle cost analysis, best value determinations and risk management from experts in the field.

    Strengthening our Partnership with the Philippines
  • Training Procurement Officials in Vietnam

    Through its GPI partnership with Vietnam, USTDA has trained over 170 public procurement officials in value-based procurement.

    Training Procurement Officials in Vietnam
  • Facilitating Better Development Outcomes in Botswana

    As GPI’s first partner country, Botswana has been a model success story for the Initiative. Government entities in Botswana are now integrating best value and life-cycle cost analysis into their procurements, and significant progress has been made in internal procurement regulations, legislation, and evaluation criteria.

    Facilitating Better Development Outcomes in Botswana
  • Building Capacity in Romania

    USTDA’s GPI collaboration with Romania aims to foster transparent, value-based procurement mechanisms and demonstrates that GPI best practices are applicable across procurement systems, including in the EU.

    Building Capacity in Romania


All over the world, countries are considering how their governments plan, pay and procure the goods and services they need to build quality infrastructure. This is the rationale behind USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI).

Launched in 2013, the GPI helps public procurement officials in emerging economies establish practices and policies that utilize life-cycle cost analysis and best-value determinations to understand the total cost of ownership of public sector investments. It is a comprehensive curriculum of ideas informing overseas decision-makers about best practices to obtain the greatest value for money. This leads to more structured investments with overall savings to the government while also leveling the playing field for U.S. firms in international tenders.

Partner Countries 

  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • India (State of Maharashtra)
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Vietnam

Partner Organizations

  • African Development Bank
  • George Washington University Government Procurement Law Program
  • World Bank
  • Government of Japan – Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Government of Australia – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Asian Development Bank
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Islamic Development Bank
  • Organization of American States
  • Power Africa