Posts By Kate Bollinger

Notes from the Field

Making ASEAN Regional Connectivity Work for Women-Run Businesses

October 1, 2014

By the end of 2015, the long-anticipated ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is set to come into effect, covering 16 countries, 600 million people, with a combined GDP worth of $2.3 trillion. While the AEC is intended to bring about broad-based economic benefits by creating a more competitive economic region…

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Notes from the Field

Leveling the Playing Field for Women Entrepreneurs

September 18, 2013

This year’s annual meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) in Bali provided an opportunity to collaborate with experts and practitioners on findings from The Asia Foundation’s recently published research, “Access to Trade and Growth of Women’s SMEs in APEC Developing Economies: Evaluating Business Environments in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia.” The Foundation organized a panel discussion during APEC’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Working Group Meetings.

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Women Biz Owners in Indonesia Defy Some Long-Entrenched Barriers

September 4, 2013

At a time when analysts are monitoring Asia’s economic performance as it emerges from the global financial crisis, a new study from The Asia Foundation looks at a particular limitation in many Asian economies, namely those factors that limit women-run businesses’ ability to achieve their full growth potential.

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Networking Essential to Women Entrepreneurs in Asia

February 27, 2013

While many nations limped into the new year under the weight of somber economic forecasts, strong GDP predictions gave Asia a reason to ring in the Year of the Snake on a more positive note. This is certainly good news, but also consider this: over half of Asia’s population is women who, according to UN estimates…

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In The News

APEC 2012: Overcoming Challenges to Women’s Entrepreneurship

September 5, 2012

On September 8-9, the heads of 21 Asia-Pacific economies will gather in Vladivostok, Russia, for the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting to adopt a final declaration outlining prospects for the development of the region. Among the topics that will be integrated into the discussion is how women can more fully participate in APEC economies to foster innovative growth. Earlier this year, APEC held the second Women and the Economy Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and released a follow-up statement urging government officials and business leaders to “recognize the crucial role that women play in innovative economic development…

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Notes from the Field

Human Trafficking Rampant in Thailand’s Deep-Sea Fishing Industry

February 8, 2012

While a lucrative deep-sea fishing industry places Thailand among the world’s leading exporters of sea products, a grim specter of human rights abuse lurks below the surface of an industry whose contribution to the national economy is estimated to exceed $4 billion a year. A combination of factors – including a shortage of labor in this dangerous…

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Notes from the Field

Despite Serious Consequences, Gender-Based Violence Still Bitter Reality Across Asia

November 30, 2011

A global campaign is underway right now to bring attention to a pressing human rights issue which affects up to 60 percent women across the world. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign – which falls between International Day Against Violence Against Women…

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