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Nathan Increases Myanmar Presence with Private Sector Development Work

Nathan Associates will implement a five-year program to increase broad-based economic opportunities in Burma (Myanmar) through more inclusive economic governance rules and processes and by increasing access to finance for businesses, individuals, and other emerging economic actors. The $23.3 million project, the U.S. Agency for International Developments Private Sector Development Activity, is set to begin August 1 in Burma’s capital, Naypyitaw. The project is the latest in Nathan’s Myanmar experience spanning more than 60 years. The firm implements the Economic Reform and ASEAN Integration (ERA) activity, a program under USAIDs ...
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Working Outside Home: No Easy Choice for Women in Developing World

By CAROLINE KAUFMAN June 2, 2015 The relationship between women and the labor force is filled with complexities and contradictions that are far too easily glossed over. For example, paid employment outside the home promotes womens economic empowerment, but this same work can also decrease their standing among friends and peers. How then, can women be expected to respond when a job opportunity presents itself Professor Naila Kabeer of the London School of Economics and Political Science recently shed light on these complexities. Speaking at the World Bank on Culture, ...
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ASEAN Women Take `GREAT’ Initiative to Enter Global Market

Women who lead small and medium enterprises in the ASEAN region will gain greater access to global markets through a marketing and branding initiative that officially began this week. The initiative, Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women), provides a regionally integrated supply chain as well as an opportunity for support and collaboration among women marketing crafts and artisanal goods under a regional brand The GREAT Women ASEAN Collection. GREAT Women will also help women protect their products from being illegally copied and sold. The small ...
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Gender Norms Can Change So Women Prosper in the Workforce

BY CAROLINE KAUFMAN Photo: Miami U. Libraries, Digital Collections [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons April 28, 2015,In my last post,Economic Growth\r\nStarts Here–I described the work of George Washington University students just beginning to research women’s labor force participation in Malaysia and Indonesia,and our hope that their findings can help Nathan Associates design an economic empowerment program for Egypt. In a conservative country like Egypt, where patriarchy is tangible, relatives discourage wives and daughters from entering the labor force. Many women recognize the stigma they would face should they choose to ...
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Nathan Initiative Puts Focus on Women as Economic Force

April 21, 2015-Nathan Associates has long incorporated women’s empowerment in the firm’s economic policy work, taking innovative and creative approaches to gender issues. Because of our expertise and our commitment to inclusion, we have assembled a team of specialists in gender integration and identified this practice as a cross-cutting specialty. Please see our special page for more on how we integrate gender into creating business enabling environments, developing the private sector, and facilitating trade, just to name a few areas ...
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Launch of ASEAN Women’s Entrepreneur Network

June 6, 2014 Businesswomen in ASEAN Member States can now share experiences and promote a favorable environment for women’s entrepreneurship through the ASEAN Women’s Entrepreneur Network (AWEN). The ASEAN Committee on Women created AWEN and hosted a launch event on April 23, 2014, in Hanoi with 60 businesswomen in attendance. The launch was held with the support of the ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) project, which Nathan Associates manages on behalf of USAID, U.S. State Department, and ASEAN. U.S. firms Google, Motorola, and Procter and Gamble contributed their ...
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ASEAN Delegation Starts Dialogue with US on Promoting Rights of Women and Children

May 2, 2012- With support from the ASEAN-U.S. Technical Assistance and Training Facility, managed by Nathan Associates, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) spent 10 days in Washington DC and New York City initiating discussions on how to address serious matters affecting women and children in Southeast Asia, including prenatal and maternal healthcare, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and human trafficking. The ACWC delegation consisted of representatives from all ten ASEAN Member States as well as the ASEAN Secretariat. In Washington DC, ...
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Peru-Andean Trade Capacity Building Project Officially Begins

February 17, 2011?USAID formally launched Facilitando Comercio, a $17 million three-year project managed by Nathan Associates, at a press conference and reception attended by U.S. Ambassador to Peru Rose Likins, Peru?s Minister of Foreign Trade Eduardo Ferreyros, USAID Mission Director Richard Goughner, the project?s Chief of Party Elena Conterno, as well as project stakeholders, consultants, and members of the business community. The purpose of Facilitando Comercio is to strengthen the ability of national and local government to fulfill the objectives of the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement and improve the climate ...