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Barriers to Women Entrepreneur’s Participation in Public Procurement in Uganda

Author: Prof. Benon Basheka

Journal: Administratio Publica, Vol 26 No 1 

An increase in Women and Women Owned Businesses has been registered in both developed and developing countries. But regardless, women remain with challenges and difficulty in accessing opportunities to participate in public procurement.

Prof. Benon Basheka in his recent article published in Administratio Publica addresses opportunities, barriers and strategies to Women Entrepreneur’s Participation in Public Procurement in Uganda.

In his study, Prof. Basheka addresses three key issues: opportunities for women and their enterprises, the barriers to their participation and policy and management action strategies needed to address this dilemma.

The analysis of the survey responses in terms of the status of women’s participation in PP bidding in Uganda showed that the majority (38%) of respondents had never participated in PP bidding, 31% had done so just a few times, 14% regularly participated, while 8% participated very often.

A number of barriers to women participating in Uganda were also reported in the literature including women capacity, information accessibility, financing and Policy-Regulatory Frameworks.

In the study, respondents were asked their views on how they felt about each of the factors and 92% of respondents said women lacked training, 83% agreed that women lacked information on tendering opportunities, 79% agreed that women’s enterprises lacked capacity in preparing competitive bids, 70% agreed that most women’s businesses are too small yet most government contracts were too big and 64% of the respondents agreed that most women entrepreneurs lacked entrepreneurial skills.

The major reasons for failure of women enterprises to participate in some government tenders in Uganda were recorded to include; Lack of capacity, suspicion that selection process favours insiders, difficulty competing with large firms, education level, lack of adequate knowledge, bidder collusion, tendering is too complicated, low mobilisation power of resources for the down-payment, lower experience levels in some of the areas tendered, low self-esteem among others.

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