Procurement at DFID

Details of our purchasing arrangements and information for those looking to become a supplier or contractor.

Wider business opportunities

How you can work with DFID and how DFID can help you to find new business opportunities around the world.

New developments

  • Information for suppliers: UK Government Security Classifications (PDF, 511KB, 2 pages) : Policy Change. The UK Government has undertaken a fundamental review of its information classification policy. As a result, a new policy is being implemented from 2nd April 2014
  • Our statement of priorities and expectations for suppliers explains our expectations of all suppliers who work with us to manage our programmes. Suppliers are required to set out, in writing, exactly how they will make sure they can realise their commitments Find out more

  • DFID held its first Supplier Conference in July 2013. Read the Supplying value: conference report 2013

  • DFID is supporting the already highly successful Business Fights Poverty (BFP) Series which includes an integrated mix of public workshops, private roundtables, webinars and online discussions in order to harness business for greater development impact. Over 13,000 businesses and development organisations are already part of the BFP core community but if you are interested in learning about and sharing best practice on overseas development by taking part in the series you can sign up to BFP and receive info on future events.

Contracts

Due to essential maintenance on Saturday 15 March between 8am and 8pm the DFID Supplier Portal will be unavailable.

There are opportunities for you to help deliver our international development programmes around the world. Every year, we advertise hundreds of new opportunities for contracts.

The DFID supplier portal provides a way for suppliers to register, bid and participate in contract opportunities that we advertise.

Our contracts are open to any company or other body, anywhere in the world. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are particularly encouraged to bid for our contracts, and won around a third of the opportunities offered last year.

To use the supplier portal you must register and complete a company profile. You will then be issued with a user name and password to allow secure access to the portal.

For full details on how to do this, refer to the DFID supplier portal frequently asked questions (PDF, 23.5KB, 5 pages)

Beyond DFID, you can find export and contract opportunities with other aid agencies working in countries worldwide. UKTI through its Aid Funded Business service can help you UKTI also list hundreds of opportunities every month in more than 40 sectors worldwide. Register for updates at UKTI Business Opportunities Service.

DFID suppler portal terms and conditions of use

Pipeline and upcoming tenders

We are committed to giving suppliers easy access to tendering opportunities. Contracts Finder for Central Government: pipeline aid and international development provides details of future DFID tenders.

Contracts Finder lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.

Contracts awarded

Details of contracts we have awarded and frameworks are available on:

Partnering with DFID

Supporting inclusive growth is a key part of helping countries to develop and graduate from aid. DFID spends nearly £1bn a year on wealth creation programmes in poor countries and many of these are open to participation from business based anywhere in the world. These programmes include financing through grants, loans and other financial instruments and cover activities ranging from infrastructure to water, to agricultural development and to innovation. Awards are made on a competitive basis and you can find out more at Funding and partnerships with businesses in the UK and developing countries.

Another opportunity to partner to promote development outcomes could come from working with CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution owned by DFID. They support building businesses in these regions to help create jobs and drive prosperity, and are actively looking for new investment opportunities.

Information and advice

Guidance on Bidding for DFID Tenders

Outline guidance and tips for tendering (PDF, 124KB, 5 pages) for DFID requirements. Please note that as a government department DFID is required to comply with EU Public Procurement Regulations.

Working with developing countries can support growth and help to reduce poverty but can also be risky for companies and others not familiar with the country. UKTI provides information on the risks of doing business overseas.

Multilateral organisations like the World Bank offer advice on doing business overseas and International Finance Corporation compile indexes on the business climate in developing countries

DFID’s network of 28 country offices, predominantly in Africa and South Asia, may also be able to help. The teams there have knowledge of local market conditions and investment opportunities and many will also have contacts with private sector organisations (eg local chambers of commerce) and potential suppliers or other businesses seeking joint ventures.

A list of DFID country office and contacts

Businesses and others investing overseas need to conform to local laws, and should respect internationally agreed principles on good corporate behaviour, including on human rights, transparency and sustainability. DFID has set out the key principles to working in poorer countries in its statement of priorities and expectations for suppliers.

In addition the United Nations set out the key principles to working in poorer countries and offer voluntary codes and standards that business and others can sign-up to. Many not-for-profit organisations offer advice on responsible business including the Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and Non-Government Organisations, such as Oxfam.

Working with Other government departments

DFID works closely with other UK government department so as not to duplicate efforts. The FCO and BIS also provide help through their services to business and these links are given below:

If you have more specific questions about the information on this page you can call the Business Support help-line on 0300 456 3565. Please tell us how useful this information is. Give use your feedback on businessfeedback@dfid.gov.uk

Our procurement policies and initiatives

Transparency

As part of the government’s commitment to greater transparency, we publish:

  • all new central government ICT contracts over the value of £10,000
  • all new central government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 (this information is available to the public free of charge)
  • new items of central government spending over £500

Visit Contracts Finder for more information.

Suppliers looking to bid for public sector contracts should be aware that if you are awarded a new government contract, information about the contract will be published. In some cases we’ll make limited redactions before the information is published, or we may not publish the details at all. If this happens, it is to comply with existing law and for the protection of national security.

Duty of care

We have a duty of care policy for suppliers working in dangerous environments. For full details of the policy see the Duty of care: suppliers information note (PDF, 126KB, 5 pages)

Bribery Act 2010 – supplier responsibilities

Suppliers should be aware of their responsibilities under the Bribery Act 2010. Please make sure you read and are compliant with the guidance when considering providing services to us.

Corporate social and environmental responsibility

DFID will strive to purchase goods and services which are:

  • produced and delivered under conditions that do not involve abuse or exploitation
  • have the least negative impact on the environment

For full details of the policy see the corporate social and environmental responsibility information note (PDF, 165KB, 5 pages)

Security policy for contractors, consultants and suppliers

Specifies the requirements that must be met by contractors in the handling, management, storage and processing of information belonging to DFID or its partners. For full details of the policy see the Security policy for contractors, consultants and suppliers information note

Promoting Tax Compliance and Procurement – Guidance to Suppliers

Any supplier bidding for central government above-threshold contracts advertised in OJEU and to which EU procurement rules apply will, from 1 April 2013, be required to make a declaration regarding their tax compliance at the selection stage of the procurement procedure. Promoting tax compliance and procurement guidance (PDF, 300KB, 5 pages) provides details as per Procurement Policy Note 03/13 14 February 2013.

Standard services contract

Please note that we may adjust these to suit the requirements of a specific procurement.

Standard framework agreement and call-down contract

Please note that we may adjust these to suit the requirements of a specific procurement.

Complaints

We aim to use fair, open and transparent contracting practices and protection for all parties. If you have any complaints with our procurement process, contact our Public Enquiry Point by:

Email: enquiry@dfid.gov.uk

Telephone (UK only): 0845 300 4100

Telephone (from outside UK): +44 (0) 1355 84 3132

If your complaint remains unresolved, contact Cabinet Office’s Supplier Feedback Service.

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