Legal requirements for procurement
Within the frame of the SDC’s domain of activity, the following exceptions are allowed to benefit from a direct procedure:
- Programmes and projects of international cooperation represent long-term investments;
- As a rule, a programme is calculated to last for about a 12-year period and is subdivided into several 3 to 4-year phases;
- Phase 1 is subject to a tendering procedure. The call for tenders mentions the option of a direct award for the follow-up phases.
Guidelines for the awarding of project funds by mandated organisations within the scope of international cooperation
Programmes and projects in the field of international cooperation often include funds that are administered by the mandated organisation. These funds serve the purpose of fighting poverty and flow directly into the SDC’s partner country. Such funds are to be distinguished from the fees and compensations paid to the mandated organisation and the sub-contractors that it works with. In terms of local procurement, local partners may have already been identified. In addition, an international call to tender would hardly be convenient and would run contrary to the goal of strengthening local structures. In the event that several local suppliers are worth considering for a given project or programme, the contract between the SDC and the mandated organisation regulates how the allocation of the project funds under management is to take place (e.g. local call to tender). In principle, the same rules apply here as those for the SDC.