Gender-smart procurement

Through the use of policy and spending levers, governments can play four primary roles in encouraging procurement from enterprises owned by women, or from businesses committed to promoting female labour participation.

These roles are: – To direct reforms of government procurement – reviewing procurement policies and practices to ensure sustainable and inclusive procurement; – To reduce barriers to women’s participation in the economy – creating the support mechanisms to ensure an environment in which businesses owned by women can flourish; – To help scale up gender-smart procurement in the private sector – expanding government’s role in encouraging private companies to spend more of their procurement budgets with women’s businesses; and – To encourage increased transparency on the issues – creating and sharing procurement databases and lessons learned, especially at the regional level.

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