Standard Bidding Documents

The Standard Bidding Documents (SBDs) are a useful tool for both Executing Agencies as well as bidders/participants since they contain instructions and provisions corresponding to the specific type of procurement processes. The objective of these SBDs is to ensure compliance with the principles of economy, transparency and efficiency in the execution of IDB-financed projects.


There are two types of standard documents for all countries

Standard Bidding Documents for Goods and Works, and Request for Proposals for Consulting Services (firms). When the procurement plan requires an International Competitive Bidding (ICB) for goods, works or consulting services their use is mandatory.

Some countries require the use of their own standard bidding documents, agreed to by the IDB. Currently they are Colombia, Honduras, Jamaica and México.