Helpdesk Report: K4D - Models of gender-sensitive procurement used by international aid entities

from Department for International Development
Published on 22 Jun 2018 View Original


This review investigates the different models that major international aid entities use to implement gender-sensitive procurement (GSP) in their own operations. It is based on a rapid survey of 40 such multilateral, bilateral, and non-profit organisations conducted by email. Of the 15 organisations that provided information, only a few are systematically implementing gender-sensitive procurement (GSP) in their own operations, while several others are piloting or considering it. By far the most common model is to increase sourcing from businesses owned and/or controlled by women. Other frequent models include: sourcing from suppliers that internally advance equality or empowerment for women (e.g. gender balance, representation of women at all levels, good gender equality policies); or sourcing from suppliers that commit to recruiting a percentage of women for the contract.

K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development.