UNOPS has introduced a new online course ‘Doing Business with UNOPS’ to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) tap into UNOPS procurement opportunities.
This online course was developed with the aim of improving the knowledge of current and potential suppliers on how to do business with UNOPS, including expectations on ethics and sustainability. The course is expected to enhance procurement outcomes by fostering competition, transparency, and value for money.
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The free course is available in English, French, and Spanish.
‘Doing business with UNOPS’ is just one of several UNOPS initiatives that aims to improve supplier capacity. The UNOPS Possibilities Programme focuses on enhancing supplier diversity by enabling MSMEs as well as local, women and youth-owned enterprises to build their capacity as successful entrepreneurs.
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Last year, UNOPS procured almost $1.1 billion worth of goods and services. Within this, more than 80 percent of tenders were awarded to approximately 1,500 different MSMEs.
Contributing between 50–70 percent of a country’s gross domestic product, MSMEs are the backbone of economies and make significant contributions to sustainable development. The economic fallout during the COVID-19 pandemic has left these businesses hard hit, including those owned by women and young entrepreneurs.
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Around 700 additional vendors have registered or are in the process of completing the course. At least 10 per cent of course participants identify as women-owned businesses and UNOPS is constantly working to encourage the participation of these enterprises in UNOPS procurement processes.