Empowering Women Through Public Procurement

Government procurement offers a unique route to empower women and combat poverty, as this new ITC guide explains.

Public procurement accounts for over 30% of GDP in developing countries and some 10-15% of GDP in developed countries. Women-owned businesses have been largely excluded from this sizable market due to lack of access to information on bids, understanding of procedures and ability to meet requirements. This publication guides governments through adjustments to the procurement process and supply-side capacity building required to increase sourcing from women vendors to benefit their families and communities.