The ISOPP Project aims at addressing challenges for the implementation of Social Responsible Public Procurement (SRPP) through transformative research and creating a network of municipal actors. ISOPP is conducted in cooperation with the Services Agency Municipalities in One World of Engagement Global financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean

Sector of activity
Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

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The Project „Impulses for Socially Responsible Public Procurement of Municipalities in Global Value Chains“ (ISOPP) addresses challenges for SRPP in four thematic areas through transformative reasearch and in close exchange and collaboration with municipal practitioners.
1) Communication with the market
Preliminar research shows an information deficit in the implementation of SRPP. By using instruments of communication with market actors and the general public contracting authorities can improve the process and the outcome of tenders that inlcude sustainability aspects. An analysis of International good practices and interviews with practitioners will be used to develop recommendations for contract authorities.
2) Purchasing groups and SRPP
Purchasing groups present a chance and a risk for SRPP. Through the concentration of market power there is a higher pressure on the adherence to sustainability aspects in the production process and in tenders in general. However, if municipal actors outsorce their procurement they might also outsource strategic decisions connected to the procurement function, such as SRPP. The status quo of purchasing groups in Germany and the conditions that have to be fullfilled for a successful intergration of SRPP in the procurement of purchasing groups will be analysed by assessing the situation in Germany and through comparing it with international examples.
3) Digitalisation of public procurement and SRPP
The ongoing process of the digitalisation of public procurement will be analysed as regards the potentials and challenges for the implementation of SRPP.
4) Options for verification in SRPP
There is an ongoing discourse on the effects of SRPP in global value chains. By looking into different ways of verifying the adherence to labour laws and human rights in production countries, the ISOPP project will contribute to this discourse and strifes to create orientation for policy makers and practitioners.
Additionally, Dialogue Fora on SRPP will be organised with municipal actors from Germany, Europe and the Global South in 2020 and 2021. Their goal is to fascilitate exchange and provide insights and traninigs for the participants and to establish a South-South-North network on SRPP.


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Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Dialogue Forum on Sustainable Public Procurement 2020 – E-Procurement, Market Dialogue and Joint Procurement as Drivers for SPP

Training for SCP

  • Workshop on Social Responsible Public Procurement at the University for Police and Administration Cologne

Impact and Results

The ISOPP project will enable municipal practitioners and policy makers on all political levels to better understand and cope with ongoing challenges in the implementation of SRPP:

Next steps and how to get involved

Interested parties are invited to contribute to the reasearch within the ISOPP project and might apply for joining the network of municipal actors and apply to participate in the annual Dialogue Fora.