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Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Public Procurement: Qualitative Framework

Oxford Insights has created a new qualitative framework for assessing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in public procurement, as part of a project supported by the Open Contracting Partnership’s action research grant programme.

The purpose of this framework is to provide a universal tool, along with a previously designed quantitative framework, to assess the inclusivity of procurement practices, policies, regulations and laws within a country or region.

There are three categories included in the framework:

  • policy, laws, and regulations;
  • government capacity and internal tools;
  • accountability and transparency.

Within each category there are sub-indicators that detail how governments can assess that particular aspect of their procurement system through a gender equality and social inclusion lens. After an assessment using the framework is carried out, governments will have a step by step guide on how to increase the participation of under-represented groups in their procurement processes.

The framework is available for download here. The framework is an open-source document, and we welcome its use by governments or external assessors seeking to improve the inclusivity of public procurement processes.

Should you wish to get in touch to discuss this work, please contact: info@oxfordinsights.com

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Public Procurement: Qualitative Framework

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