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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