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Clarkson University's S.N. Nyeck in Senegal to Speak about Government Outsourcing

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Political Science S.N. Nyeck is speaking this week in Senegal on public procurement reform and gender equality in Africa.

S.N. NyeckNyeck was invited to take part in the eighth international symposium on “Citizenship and Women’s Empowerment: Obstacles and Challenges in Africa," organized by the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD), a pan-African research organization headquartered in Senegal.

Nyeck’s paper, titled "Outbidding Women: Public Procurement Reform Diffusion and Gender Equality in Africa," presents the first comparative study of the gendered dynamics within national procurement legislations in 16 countries in Africa south of the Sahara from 1995 to 2014.

The paper traces the gendered trajectories in public procurement liberalization in light of the World Bank’s recommendations for reform in the early 1990s. Important to this comparative study are opportunities and challenges in implementing preferential public procurement policies for women-owned or led, small- and middle-size enterprises.

Nyeck's analysis also reveals the chaotic adoption of gender in public procurement laws without substantial consideration for enabling, as well as disenabling, factors that impact women as potential vendors to government and as users of public works, goods and services.

Nyeck is in Senegal at the invitation and sponsorship of AAWORD. The work presented at this conference will be published in a journal of women’s studies later this month.

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