This course showcases the importance of the participation of women in a country's economy and outlines the ways in which public procurement can facilitate the development of women-owned businesses. It identifies the various barriers faced by women-owned businesses and proposes strategies to counteract them. In addition, it describes the targeted assistance measures that are available to governments in order to assist women in participating in the procurement process.


This course highlights the important role played by women in the economy and showcases the need to improve the current situation of women-owned businesses by using government procurement. It introduces the various barriers to the successful participation of women in public tenders, and offers a set of strategies and solutions which Public Procurement Officers can use to provide greater opportunities to women-owned businesses. Indeed, governments have a variety of targeted measures available to help the economic prospects of women, many of which have already been approved through existing governmental policies. The issue of capacity building for women-owned businesses is also discussed, with focus placed on the potential positive role which can be played by Procurement Officers in this regard.

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At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Argue for the importance of the involvement of women in the economy;
  • Identify the barriers that impact the successful participation of women-owned businesses in public procurement procedures;
  • Identify strategies to assist women-owned businesses in submitting successful tender bids; and
  • Identify targeted measures that facilitate greater involvement by women in government procurement
  • Lecture 1: Introduction to Women-owned Businesses and Procurement
  • Lecture 2: Solutions and Strategies
  • Lecture 3: Targeted Assistance Measures and Capacity Building
  • Case Study Exercise
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