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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.

05. gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

16. peace and justice

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17. partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development



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