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The Asia Foundation
Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are added the following fiscal year.

Displaying 65 Projects

Projects : Increasing Women's Economic Opportunities

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2012

Access to Trade and Growth of Women's SMEs in APEC Developing Economies: Evaluating Business Environments in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia

Conducting a survey in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia to increase the understanding of constraints to women's entrepreneurship and access to trade in APEC developing economies. Developing policy recommendations for consideration by women business associations and by APEC and its member economies to build awareness of, and interest for, the role of women and the need to create women-friendly business environments.

Total Expenditures: $206,761

Funding Sources: Expenditures:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat (APEC Secretariat)$145,664
Congressional appropriation$61,097
2012

Educational Opportunities and Training for Chinese Footwear Workers

Providing scholarships to footwear factory workers to enroll in vocational schools and colleges, thereby increasing the knowledge, skills, personal confidence, and employment opportunities of hundreds of factory workers. Raising awareness of factory workers on issues of health and safety through in-factory training and education.

Local Partners:

Stella International Ltd.; Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd.; Zhongshan New Hope Education Institute

2012

Evaluating Business Environments to Foster Access to Trade and Growth of Women's SMEs in Southeast Asian APEC Developing Economies

Increasing knowledge of the factors that encourage or deter access to trade and growth of women-run/owned SMEs in APEC economies through research and the development of policy recommendations for APEC and its member economies.

Local Partners:

Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute; University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce; Thai Chamber of Commerce

2012

Evaluating Business Environments to Foster Access to Trade and Growth of Women's Small and Medium Enterprises in Southeast Asian APEC Developing Economies

Researching and analyzing the factors affecting access to trade and growth of women-owned small and medium enterprises in three APEC developing economies – Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Making policy recommendations for consideration by APEC and its member economies.

Local Partner:

National Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Malaysia (NAWEM)

Total Expenditures: $28,234

Funding Sources:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat (APEC Secretariat)
2012

Evaluating Business Environments to Foster Access to Trade and Growth of Womenís Small and Medium Enterprises in Southeast Asian APEC Developing Economies

Increasing understanding of the factors that encourage or deter access to trade and growth for women-run or women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations. In partnership with the Women’s Business Council, the Foundation organized a Women’s Networking Workshop which provided opportunity for women in business in each country to meet and network; build a platform for continued networking among participants; identify key constraints to women in business in the Philippines; discuss in-country issues highlighted in the APEC Research findings; prepare action items and timeline to address key constraints; and create opportunities for sustainable electronic communications.

Local Partner:

Social Weather Stations

Total Expenditures: $39,336

Funding Sources:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat (APEC Secretariat)
2012

Improving Skills and Network of Women Business Leaders

Developing the capacity of Lao businesswomen from seven provinces throughout Laos by creating an opportunity for networking and providing training on developing business strategies, how to access credit, gender rights, upgrading skills on business management and leadership, and how to expand the network of businesswomen.

Local Partner:

Lao Businesswomen’s Association

Total Expenditures: $9,300

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Migrant Women Entrepreneurs

Providing business development loans and mentoring to migrant entrepreneurs in Beijing, with a focus on women beneficiaries.

Local Partner:

China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation

2012

Vocational Training for Victims of Human Trafficking

Supporting counseling, vocational training, apprenticeships, and materials for 16 victims of human trafficking to enable them to become economically independent, reintegrate into society, and start new lives.

Local Partner:

Acting for Women in Distressing Circumstances (AFESIP)

Total Expenditures: $17,221

Funding Sources:
Chong-Moon Lee Foundation, a supporting organization of Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2010

Can Tho Women's Union

Vocational training and job placement in local restaurants or hotels for 18 poor and disadvantaged women in Can Tho City.

2010

Care Foundation

National university scholarship program to provide 200 scholarships for young women to pursue higher education degrees in a variety of fields including engineering and medicine.

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