Towards Gender Balance in Public Procurement

Value for Women and the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) developed this research report to document the challenges and opportunities to empower women-led businesses (WLBs) in public procurement. The research examines the challenges WLBs experience in public procurement, explores some of the wider challenges of shaping gender-responsive procurement (GRP) policies,1 and summarizes key reforms pursued by governments to create fairer and more inclusive procurement systems.

Globally, the literature on public sector experiences with GRP is limited. This report aims to contribute to the current knowledge base on how governments can better support women entrepreneurs and WLBs who seek to sell to the government. Most of the examples and case studies in this report come specifically from Chile, the Dominican Republic, and the City of Buenos Aires, which have developed GRP programs and are at different stages of implementation.

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