Gender-Responsive Procurement in Asia and the Pacific: An Opportunity for an Equitable Economic Future

Publication | November 2022

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
  • Introduction
  • 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

Additional Details

  • Gender
  • Industry and trade
  • 62
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS220525-2

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