Empowering Women Through Public Procurement

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Women-owned businesses represent one third of the small and medium-sized enterprises of developing countries, but only a fraction of government procurement opportunities for goods and services. This guide helps governments understand what measures to put in place so that more women-owned businesses have access to this important market, which often accounts for 15-20% of GDP. It includes practical national case examples, checklists and overviews for busy decision-makers as well as guidelines for implementation.

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Conclusion. Towards greater commitment to women-owned businesses

Due to their regulatory and buying powers, governments have a unique opportunity to unleash the tremendous economic potential represented by women-owned businesses. To date, little attention has been paid to how governments can use public procurement policies and programmes to unlock this potential, despite a growing body of evidence that shows gender equality and women’s empowerment are pivotal to sustained economic growth and attaining development goals.

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