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Become International: UN and EU Tenders

Great opportunities, small risks: in addition to the development banks, Supranational Organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union also repeatedly put services and goods out to tender. Where to find the tenders and what you need to know about them.

European Union (EU)

Within the European Commission, the Department for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) is responsible for implementing EU policy on development and international aid. It formulates the European Development Strategy and manages the European Union's (EU) programmes and projects in all developing countries. It works with numerous partners, including member states, and aims to pool responsibilities in European development policy as much as is reasonable.

The EU also provides financing instruments for countries outside the EU with the so-called third country programmes. The overarching goal is to combat poverty through sustainable development in the long term, and they also support foreign policy goals. In the financial period 2014 to 2020, the EU has made around 97 billion euros available for all third-country programmes. An overview of the different funding instruments and their share of the total budget can be found at the European Commission.

United Nations (UN)

As the world's largest purchaser, the United Nations (UN) buys more than US$ 15 billion worth of goods and services annually. The largest share of these purchases was recently made by UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), the Procurement Division (UN/PD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Which UN organisation is right for me?

We recommend doing some kind of market research first, starting with the UN organisation that is most likely to demand your product or service. Across all organisations, in terms of purchasing volume, these have most recently been the most important tendered goods and services:

  • Pharmaceuticals (including contraceptives and vaccines)
  • Transport, storage and postal services
  • Food and beverages
  • Management and administrative services
  • Building construction and maintenance
  • Engineering, science and technology-based services

Other Organisations

The EU and the UN are certainly the best-known Supranational Organisations - and they are also the largest in terms of the volume of contracts. However, two other organisations are also to be considered.

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Carolin Welzel

Agency for Business and Economic Development

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