Government procurement offers a unique opportunity to empower women and combat poverty. Public procurement accounts for over 30% of gross domestic product (GDP) in developing countries and some 10%-15% of GDP in developed countries. WOBs have been largely excluded from this market due to a lack of access to information, understanding of procedures and the ability to meet requirements.
ITC calls on governments at all levels, including national, regional and local, as well as government agencies to join the initiative and commit to measuring and increasing their procurement from women vendors.
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To accompany the procurement initiative ITC has developed ‘Empowering women through public procurement’, a guide to help governments to develop guidelines and approaches for public procurement that will facilitate the sourcing of more goods and services from women entrepreneurs. Whereas many governments use public procurement policies as a tool to promote socio-economic objectives, few have used it to unleash the economic potential of women entrepreneurs.
Simplifying procurement rules and processes can boost the chances of WOBs and women entrepreneurs of securing contracts, as most of these businesses are small and do not have the capacity to prepare long documents often required in public procurement. The ITC publication guides governments through adjustments to the procurement process and capacity building among WOBs in order to increase sourcing from women vendors and, in turn, benefit their families and communities.
• The government of Samoa
• The government of the Republic of Uganda
• The government of the Republic of Rwanda
• endorsing the objective of increasing sourcing from women;
• collecting data on the value and percentage of their public procurement purchases awarded to women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs;
• establishing targets or quotas for sourcing from women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs.
• fostering procurement policies that will lead to the increase of procurement awards going to women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs;
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