Women's Entrepreneurship in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Burma (Myanmar)

As a supplement to the resources created through the Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC initiative, or WE-APEC, the USAID ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (US-ACTI) project has developed comprehensive reviews of the ecosystems for women’s economic empowerment in the three ASEAN economies—Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar—that do not also belong to APEC. The reports detail more than 100 organizations and service providers that support women entrepreneurs and business leaders in these important emerging economies.

The reports offer information about, as well as links to:

  • Organizations supporting women’s businesses, livelihoods, and social concerns
  • Financial and technology-oriented resources and services
  • Corporate and donor initiatives
  • Private social enterprises
  • Government services.

Through both US-ACTI and the U.S.-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) projects, both managed by Nathan Associates, the United States leads efforts throughout the Asia-Pacific region to empower women in the economy. Through US-ATAARI, Nathan Associates designed and developed the WE-APEC website, which includes information on the ecosystem that supports women entrepreneurs for all 21 member economies of APEC, including the seven economies that also belong to ASEAN (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). Through US-ACTI and in collaboration with American businesses in ASEAN and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, Nathan Associates has been promoting growth of women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region through support for the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network, the GREAT Women in ASEAN Initiative, and the ASEAN SME Academy. The ASEAN SME Academy provides online access to the women’s ecosystem information, among other organizations, for the ten ASEAN member states.

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