The impact of Benin’s first public procurement code and its amendment on healthcare equipment acquisition prices

Pamphile Thierry Houngbo*, Maikel Kishna, Marjolein Zweekhorst, Daton Medenou, J.G.F. Bunders-Aelen

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Purpose: To satisfy donors and reduce public procurement acquisition prices, Benin has implemented and amended its first public procurement code guided by top-down principles of good governance. Design/methodology/approach: This study aims to measure the impact of the code and its amendment on public procurement acquisition prices of health-care equipment from 1995 to 2010. Findings: A segmented linear regression analysis was performed using interrupted time-series data. The analysis shows that the code and its amendment did not reduce acquisition prices, indicating the limited impact of the code. The authors recommend the implementation of bottom-up processes in establishing the public procurement system, and the development of a reference pricelist of the most widely used health-care equipment, as possible solutions for improving the effectiveness of the code.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-322
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Public Procurement
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2018



  • Benin
  • Healthcare equipment acquisition
  • Public procurement code

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