Recent Publications and Resources

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Empowering Grassroots Women in Burma

The message of women’s economic empowerment is gaining force all over the world, but the challenge of helping the most vulnerable women achieve true income and food security remains daunting. As part of its efforts to promote women-owned SME growth in the ASEAN region, the USAID-funded Economic Reform and ASEAN Integration Program (ERA), of the USAID ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment Project (US-ACTI), brought a group of leaders from the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a world-renowned movement for empowering grassroots women, from India to Burma in August 2015. This visit was the first of two planned exchange programs between ...
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What do we know about private sector / economic development programmes in Small Island Development States?

The aim of this research is to identify common traits among initiatives that have sought to stimulate economic growth through private sector participation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The identified opportunities include donor-funded initiatives and Government-sponsored projects ...
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Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC (WE-APEC) Initiative

This document summarizes trends, opportunities, and gaps observed in a review of how women entrepreneurs in all 21 APEC economies are served, supported, and strengthened through business networks, private sector initiatives, and government services. The report also highlights good practices discovered in that review, as those practices relate to five priorities for women’s economic empowerment: (1) access to capital and assets (2) access to markets (3) skills, capacity building and health (4) leadership, voice, and agency (5) innovation and technology. Additionally, the report provides recommendations for how the Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC (WE-APEC) initiative, begun in 2014, can add value ...
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If rural areas were to be the target for donor programmes to create economic opportunities for those unable to make a living from primary agricultural production, what is the evidence on the best entry points?

This paper attempts to provide systematic evidence on how activities can serve as entry points to relieve development bottlenecks, whether it is an introduction of a new cash crop or upgrading existing crops ...
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Should local market centres, second and third tier cities be the target for donor programmes and how should they create local economic opportunities?

This paper examines market centres and second/third tier cities that are: i) close to rural areas; and ii) not major economic centres. These types of urban areas are offering the most opportunities for informal sector employment, mostly in the form of informal and seasonal occupations ...
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The intersection of agricultural and financial markets

This report highlights the importance of agriculture to economies and how reliant those in a chronic cycle of poverty are on agriculture for their livelihoods. As a result, financial services need to be obtainable for the rural poor so they can increase resilience, improve productivity and manage their money. In this way, access to finance can be an enabling factor in creating stability, jobs and increasing their likelihood for improved futures. This report includes the challenges that the agricultural population and financial providers face when interacting and how interventions at both the demand and the supply level can shift the ...
APEC Women and The Economy Dashboard: Introduction and Analysis

APEC Women and The Economy Dashboard: Introduction and Analysis

The ministers of the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization recognize that data, particularly disaggregated by sex, are essential to the formulation of policies and reforms that can advance women’s economic participation. A milestone achievement, the Women and the Economy Dashboard is a set of 75 indicators on the status of women in APEC’s member economies. It reflects APEC’s commitment to gauging the impact of reforms on women’s economic empowerment and inclusion in five areas selected by APEC’s Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE): 1. Access to capital and assets 2. Access to markets 3. Skills, capacity ...
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Lao PDR Business Perceptions Survey 2015

This report presents the results of a recent survey on business perceptions of trade liberalization in Laos called the Business Perceptions Survey, or BPS. The goal of the BPS was to obtain data on how businesses in Lao PDR are experiencing, perceiving, and adjusting to opportunities and challenges created by international trade, at a point in time two years after the country’s accession to membership in the World Trade Organization. Compared to other recent business surveys, the primary contribution of the BPS stems from its in-depth focus on trade. The survey findings can therefore provide an agenda for public-private dialogue ...