Increasing Women’s Economic Opportunities


Accelerating Women’s Advancement in STEM: Emerging Lessons on Network Strategies and Approaches

June 28, 2021


Networks, both formal and informal, play a pivotal role in helping girls and women enter and succeed in STEM fields. They do this by facilitating peer support, role models, mentorship and sponsorship, opportunities for technical and soft skills development, knowledge exchange and collaboration, visibility, and more. This Asia Foundation report show… Read more


The Asia Foundation and Zendesk Invest in Women’s STEM Networks in Asia

Singapore, March 29, 2021

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The Asia Foundation and Zendesk are partnering on a new social impact initiative to track and sustain women’s leadership networks in East and Southeast Asia in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The pandemic threatens to widen already serious gaps in women’s participation in the labor force and STEM fields specifically; a foc… Read more


Economically Empowering Women in Mongolia

February 24, 2021


The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Economic Empowerment project supports women’s organizations to work on a range of economic empowerment issues, while building capacity, and multi-stakeholder coalitions to pursue changes that create an enabling environment for women to participate fully in Mongolia’s economy.


Asia Foundation Launches Women’s Economic Empowerment Project in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, October 26, 2020

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On September 25th, The Asia Foundation launched a four-year Women’s Economic Empowerment Project in Mongolia funded by Global Affairs Canada. The launch event was attended by a range of leaders active in Mongolia’s gender equality movement. Those gathered represented Mongolian civil society, government, the private sector, international organizatio… Read more


India’s Emerging Gig Economy: The Future of Work for Women

July 23, 2020


This pilot study seeks to understand the role of India’s growing platform-based gig economy on women’s employment and working conditions. It presents an in-depth study of women’s work through the lens of India’s leading platform companies, and aims to understand the emerging forms of labor practices and the impact of platform engagement on workers’… Read more


Funding Women Entrepreneurs on Mongolia’s Covid Front Line

July 8, 2020

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Mongolia has been a Covid-19 success story, but the early lockdown that kept the virus at bay has also battered the economy, and no one has felt it more than Mongolia’s small businesswomen.


Getting Her Gig on: The Future of Work for Indian Women

March 4, 2020

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On the eve of International Women’s Day, Indian women are still too often excluded from the formal economy. But they’re finding a place in the gig economy, thanks to a raft of tech start-ups that have given them new freedom, flexibility, and economic dignity.


Girls Can Do Anything

January 22, 2020

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Michelle Obama came to December’s Grassroots Leaders Roundtable in Vietnam to deliver an urgent message: some of the world’s best minds are going undeveloped because of our failure to educate girls.


100 Female Scholars in Rural Cambodia Complete Girls Learning & Leading Program

Phhom Penh, December 17, 2019

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Shiseido Asia Pacific and The Asia Foundation have successfully concluded the inaugural Girls Learning & Leading (GLL) program, a scholarship program empowering marginalized young women at a critical time when many drop out of school to find paying jobs. The first cohort of 102 female scholars in Cambodia completed the eight-month program with… Read more


Female Employment Stagnation in Bangladesh

December 4, 2018


It is now widely accepted that women’s labor market participation improves their relative economic position, and from a broader perspective also stimulates the efficiency and development potential of the economy. However, traditional gender norms and patriarchal values often restrict women’s mobility and constrain their activities in the labor mark… Read more

Bangladesh women entrepreneur 

No Silver Bullet for Women Entrepreneurs

November 7, 2018

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Women’s entrepreneurship is a top regional concern in Asia, where women own more than half of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in some countries. Even where women are starting businesses at relatively high rates, however, their profits and growth are constrained relative to their male counterparts. In Cambodia, for example, less than 1… Read more


The Asia Foundation’s Migrant Women Program in China Selected for Moody’s Reshape Tomorrow Initiative

October 25, 2018

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The Asia Foundation today announced its selection on Moody’s Corporation’s inaugural list of partners for Reshape Tomorrow™, an innovative, global program to help owners of small and growing businesses overcome the challenges of expanding their enterprises. The selected Asia Foundation program, “Accelerate Women’s Entrepreneurship: Supportin… Read more


Asia Foundation and Asian Development Bank Launch Publication on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific

Washington, D.C., October 18, 2018

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Today, The Asia Foundation and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released a new publication, Emerging Lessons on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific: Case Studies from the Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation. The joint undertaking explores the most pressing challenges women entrepreneurs face in the region and includes compel… Read more


Emerging Lessons on Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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9:30 am – 11:00 am Choate Room, 1st Floor, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 Women’s entrepreneurship is increasingly understood to be a key driver of economic growth and job creation: an estimated $4.5 trillion could be added to Asia and the Pacific’s GDP by 2025 by closing the gender disparities in economic opportunities. Widely rec… Read more


Advancing Gender Equality in Asia

September 12, 2018

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Earlier this year, the G7 launched the Gender Equality Advisory Council to promote the integration of gender equality and gender-based analysis across all G7 activities and outcomes. As part of Canada’s presidency of the G7 during 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Gender equality must play a key role in creating lasting solutions to the ch… Read more


Gender Mainstreaming in Subnational Governance: Myanmar’s Fisheries and Livestock Sectors

August 15, 2018


In Myanmar, there is a general attitude that issues affecting women fall exclusively under the purview of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement. This policy paper explores how gender mainstreaming in subnational governance can take place outside of what is typically considered women-centric policy domains in Myanmar, using the fi… Read more


No Women, No Growth

July 18, 2018

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The 2018 Chatham House International Policy Forum convened last week at a time of international angst. Two British cabinet ministers had resigned over Brexit negotiations, creating more uncertainty around the tenure of Prime Minister May. President Trump’s contentious meeting with NATO officials sparked questions about the U.S. commitment to that i… Read more


Undrakh’s Journey

July 9, 2018


The Women’s Business Center Incubator Project (WBC Project) addresses a critical demand from women entrepreneurs to receive day-to-day professional and high-quality business support and development. The Center provides services in an enabling environment that fosters women’s entrepreneurship and supports small and medium cover a… Read more


Building an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem for Women in Mongolia

May 23, 2018

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For many Mongolians, the booming capital, Ulaanbaatar, is synonymous with economic opportunity and a new life. Half the population now lives in the capital, most of them in the so-called ger areas, unplanned districts often lacking essential infrastructure like water and electricity and isolated from commercial activity. Starting a business here an… Read more


Women Funded 2017: Tools for Turbulent Times

San Francisco, September 6-8, 2017

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The Park Central Hotel 50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA The Asia Foundation is proud to be a co-sponsor of the three-day Women’s Funding Network conference. Join 300 women’s fund and foundation leaders, corporate foundations investing in economic security, senior executives of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and issue experts from around the… Read more


Live Tweet Chat on Women’s Economic Empowerment

May 3, 2017

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Today, The Asia Foundation joined eight partner organizations for a day-long tweet chat focusing on different aspects of women’s economic empowerment. The robust discussion was in preparation for the upcoming Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum on May 23-25 in Bangkok. The Forum, hosted by The SEEP Network and in… Read more


Asia Foundation and CSIS Host Trilateral Dialogue on Advancing Women’s Economic Opportunities

Washington, DC, September 29, 2016

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This week, The Asia Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a trilateral dialogue on Advancing Women’s Economic Opportunities: Lessons from Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Held at CSIS headquarters on September 27, the event moderated by the Foundation’s Acting Director of Women’s programs Eileen P… Read more

Women's Business Center in Mongolia 

New Business Center Supports Women Entrepreneurs in Mongolia

September 21, 2016

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At first glance, Mongolia appears to be a shining star globally in the realm of women’s empowerment, and in many ways, it is. For example, according to the UN’s Gender Development Index (GDI), women in Mongolia have a longer life expectancy than men (70.2 compared to 63.1), and outnumber men in school attendance across all ages. Women can be seen i… Read more


The Asia Foundation Announces Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Sheryl WuDunn to Receive Lotus Leadership Award

San Francisco and Washington, DC, March 4, 2015

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As world leaders convene in New York for the 59th Commission on the Status of Women, The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a group of committed individuals, foundations, and corporations working together to advance the rights and opportunities of women in Asia, are pleased to honor Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author Sheryl WuDunn, and women… Read more


Financial Express Features Asia Foundation’s Support for South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium in Dhaka

April 3, 2014

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Financial Express in Bangladesh features The Asia Foundation’s support for South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium “Strengthening Women’s Entrepreneurship in South Asia” in Dhaka. The article highlights Asia Foundation Country Representative in Bangladesh Hasan Mazumdar among symposium guests. Read the full article here: “Inequity, poor netwo… Read more


The Asia Foundation Announces Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus to Receive Lotus Leadership Award

San Francisco and Washington, DC, February 14, 2014

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The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a group of committed individuals, foundations, and corporations working together to advance the rights and opportunities of women in Asia, are pleased to honor Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus as this year’s recipient of the Lotus Leadership Award in recognition of his efforts to eliminate economic i… Read more


Asia Foundation’s Véronique Salze-Lozac’h Presents at 2014 International Conference on Globalization, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development in Washington, DC

Washington, DC, January 24, 2014

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On January 23 in Washington, DC, Asia Foundation’s chief economist and director of Economic Development Véronique Salze-Lozac’h presented at the 2014 International Conference on Globalization, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development. Ms. Salze-Lozac’h spoke on the topic “Entrepreneurship and the Role of the Private Sector in Fostering Economic G… Read more


Asia Foundation President Addresses Global Leaders at APEC CEO Summit 2013 in Bali

San Francisco, California and Bali, Indonesia, October 8, 2013

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Asia Foundation president David D. Arnold presents the Foundation’s research on women’s entrepreneurship in APEC economies at a sideline event at the APEC CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia. The Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold, joined over 1,200 CEOs and 10 heads of member economies in the recent two-day APEC CEO Summit, a high-level meeting t… Read more


Asia Foundation Chief Economist Addresses CSR Asia Summit in Bangkok

San Francisco, California and Bangkok, Thailand, September 25, 2013

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Last week, Veronique Salze-Lozac’h, The Asia Foundation’s Chief Economist and Director, Economic Development spoke at the CSR Asia Summit in Bangkok, an annual gathering of business, government, and civil society leaders to address important corporate social responsibility issues in light of Asia’s rapid and sometimes uneven growth. A key focus of… Read more


The Jakarta Globe Quotes Kate Bollinger on 2013 APEC Meetings

September 10, 2013

Media Coverage Post

The Jakarta Globe’s September 10 article “Empower Women: APEC” quotes The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program officer, Kate Bollinger, on the 2013 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. Read the full article: “Empower Women: APEC.”


Asia Foundation Launches New Report at 2013 APEC in Bali – SME Businesswomen Report High Interest Rates as Top Challenge

San Francisco, California and Bali, Indonesia, September 5, 2013

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Carol Yost, The Asia Foundation’s Senior Director of Women’s Empowerment Programs, presents findings from The Foundation’s new report on barriers to women in business at the September 2013 APEC meetings in Bali, Indonesia. According to the latest Asia Foundation report, women-owned firms in Asia face many barriers including finance, social factors,… Read more