Gender-Responsive Procurement in Asia and the Pacific: An Opportunity for an Equitable Economic Future
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This report shows how taking a gender-responsive approach to procurement that centers on buying from women-owned businesses can mainstream gender into trade to build more sustainable markets for women entrepreneurs in Asia and the Pacific.
Produced with UN Women, it explains how women-owned businesses were hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19 and describes the inadequate focus on supplier diversity and lack of investment in gender-responsive value chains. It shows how raising awareness of gender-responsive procurement, building databases of women-owned businesses, and specifying provisions in procurement legislation can help bolster women entrepreneurs and ensure an inclusive recovery.
- Executive Summary
- Benefits and Challenges of Gender-Responsive Procurement
- Mapping Public-Sector Procurement in Asia and the Pacific
- Gender-Responsive Procurement in the Private Sector in Asia and the Pacific
- Key Recommendations