Women Entrepreneurs

 

Women’s Entrepreneurship in Korea: Tapping a Potent Source of National Prosperity

November 20, 2019

Blog Post

Working with a factory was surely a new experience for me, but every male worker in the factory looked down at me just because I was a woman. —Ms. Cho, entrepreneur in Gyeonggi Province Ms. Cho, who runs a melamine tableware business in Gyeonggi Province, one of the most industrialized, populous, and diverse regions in Korea, tells a tale that is a… Read more

 

Harvard Business Review Cites Women’s SME Report

October 31, 2019

Media Coverage Post

Harvard Business Review publishes analysis by Boston Consulting Group on women-led businesses and the importance of networks in the global economy. Read The Asia Foundation’s related report. Again and again we find that networks are a critical factor for small business success. In low- and middle-income countries, for example, we studied how knowin… Read more

 

Accelerate Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Opportunities in Korea

September 19, 2019

Publication

With generous support from Fondation CHANEL, The Asia Foundation implemented a one-year research project, Accelerate Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Opportunities in South Korea, to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs in Gyeonggi Province, including the current policy environment. The long-term goal o… Read more

 

Accelerating Women’s Entrepreneurship in South Korea

September 19, 2019

Publication

Women’s entrepreneurship represents a potent untapped resource for economic growth in Korea, which is struggling to reinvigorate its flagging economy. The Asia Foundation and Gyeonggido Family & Women’s Research Institute’s targeted research illuminates the key factors affecting the launch and growth of women-owned businesses in Gyeonggi Provin… Read more

 

Women in ICT: Entering a Forbidden Space

May 8, 2019

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Tovkhon Monastery, Mongolia. Photo: Torbenbrinker / Wikimedia Creative Commons Traveling last year in Mongolia’s Arkhangai Province, I joined a party climbing the Shireet Ulaan Uul, a rocky, forested mountain that rises to 2,600 meters from the ridges west of the Orkhon River. At the top of this peak, in 1684, the revered monk and polymath Zanabaza… Read more

 

Big Hope, a Factory, and the Survival of Women in Bangladesh

April 10, 2019

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In 1998, with her husband too sick to work and two children to support, Ashiron Nesa took an unusual step for a woman in rural Bangladesh: she started her own business. With no help from a bank, and just 40 Bangladeshi taka (BDT)—50 U.S. cents—in savings, she launched her company, Onek Asha (Big Hope), for the survival of her family. Twenty years l… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Launches “Accelerate Women’s Entrepreneurship Program” in Shanghai

Beijing, March 17, 2019

News Post

Today marks the launch of the inaugural class of The Asia Foundation’s “Accelerate Women’s Entrepreneurship: Supporting Migrant Women-Owned Businesses” program in Shanghai, China. This program is part of Moody’s Reshape Tomorrow™ initiative, an innovative global program to help owners of small and growing businesses and made possible by a gr… Read more

 

Women’s Business Center and Incubator Project

February 25, 2019

Publication

Women’s Business Center and Incubator Project (WBC Project) addresses a critical demand from women entrepreneurs to receive day-to-day professional and high-quality business support and development services in an enabling environment that fosters women’s entrepreneurship and supports small and medium businesses. In addition, it responds to the desi… Read more

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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

 

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

Washington, D.C., October 18, 2018

News Post

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 Asia and the Pacific

October 18, 2018

Publication

Case Studies from the Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation As two organizations with a history of supporting women entrepreneurs in Asia, The Asia Foundation and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have published this report to leverage both organizations’ complementary areas of expertise to make evidence-based policy and program recommendat… Read more

 

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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Events Post

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

 

Undrakh’s Journey

July 9, 2018

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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 businesses.services cover a… Read more

 

Building an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem for Women in Mongolia

May 23, 2018

Blog Post

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

 

Asia Foundation and Fondation CHANEL Launch Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative in Gyeonggi, Korea

Seoul, March 14, 2018

News Post

The Asia Foundation is pleased to announce it has received support from Paris-based Fondation CHANEL under a brand-new AccelerateGrowth Initiative aimed at enhancing opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship in South Korea. Under this new collaboration, The Asia Foundation is launching a one-year research project with Gyeonggi Family & Women’s… Read more

 

To Make China’s Female Entrepreneurs Count, Let’s Go Beyond Just Counting Them

December 13, 2017

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In November, the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit was held in Hyderabad, India, focusing on the theme of “Women First, Prosperity For All.” For the first time in the history of this summit that brings together entrepreneurs and high-level politicians from around the world, women make up a majority of the 1500 entrepreneurs selected to a… Read more

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Financial Inclusion for Women Entrepreneurs

November 1, 2017

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Over the last two decades, significant progress has been made in improving access to finance for women, especially women entrepreneurs. Yet despite the fact that over 30 percent of all small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets globally are women owned and operated, they continue to have lower than average growth rates compared t… Read more

 

Q&A with Goldman Sachs Technology Investor on Inequality in the Workforce

August 23, 2017

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On September 6-8, over 300 women funders and leaders from across the globe will convene in San Francisco for the 2017 Women Funded Conference, which will feature interactive workshops and sessions to mobilize a community around promoting equality and eradicating discrimination. Ahead of the event, In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down with Lucy Lee,… Read more

 

Бизнес Эрхлэгч Эмэгтэйчүүдийн Төв

March 21, 2017

Publication

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Women’s Business Center Mongolia – Infographic

March 21, 2017

Publication

Established in July 2016, Ulaanbaatar’s first women-focused business service center is committed to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses through educational workshops, one-on-one assistance, co-working and business facilities, and connection with local resources.

 

Mongolia: Women’s Business Center

November 7, 2016

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The Asia Foundation opened Ulaanbaatar’s first Women’s Business Center (WBC) in July of 2016. The WBC welcomes new and existing female business owners to avail of the center’s business, marketing, and select financial support services. This center is being established under a three-year pilot Women’s Business Center and Incubator Project, funded by… Read more

 

Women’s News Korea: Supporting Mongolian Businesswomen

October 21, 2016

Media Coverage Post

Women’s News Korea features an interview with The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Mongolia Meloney Lindberg on the launch of the Women’s Business Center in Mongolia, which supports for women entrepreneurs: Ulaanbaatar’s first Women’s Business Center opened on July 6th, earlier this year. The Women’s Business Center acts as an incubator… Read more

 

Building an Economic Foundation for Girls in Southern Thailand

October 5, 2016

Blog Post

The High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in January 2016, convened alongside the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month where it released its first-ever report. The panel was created to place women’s economic empowerment at the top of the global agenda and the 2030 Agenda for… Read more

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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

 

Ulaanbaatar Women’s Business Center Opens, Business Services and Training Now Available for Women Entrepreneurs

Ulaanbaatar, July 5, 2016

News Post

Today, Ulaanbaatar’s first Women’s Business Center (WBC) is opening on the first floor of the Capital City Administration Building no. 4. The WBC welcomes new and existing female business owners to avail of the center’s business, marketing, and select financial support services. This center is being established under a three-year pilot Women’s Busi… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation and KOICA to Open New Women’s Business Center and Incubator in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, February 18, 2016

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On the morning of February 18th, The Asia Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the office of the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar to establish Ulaanbaatar’s first Women’s Business Center and Incubator to empower female entrepreneurs. The Asia Foundation has assembled a public-private partne… Read more

 

Bangladesh’s Women Entrepreneurs Push Forward

November 18, 2015

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Bangladeshi girls start their lives at a disadvantage that for most only increases as they grow up. Though more than half of the population is female, women and girls are still viewed as second-class citizens whose identities are based on who their father or brother or husband is.

 

Women’s Labor Rights: The Road Ahead

April 29, 2015

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May 1 is International Workers Day. Its origins lie in a peaceful demonstration in 1886 in Chicago’s Haymarket Square that turned violent as frustrated workers petitioned for an eight-hour workday. Since then, workers’ rights around the world have seen significant legal gains, including the right to collective bargaining…

 

Leveling the Playing Field for China’s Migrant Women Entrepreneurs

December 3, 2014

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On this year’s Singles’ Day Sale in China – one of the largest online shopping days in the world – the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba reported sales of more than $9 billion within 24 hours. Just weeks earlier, Alibaba had the largest IPO in U.S. history…

 

Making ASEAN Regional Connectivity Work for Women-Run Businesses

October 1, 2014

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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…

 

Online Work: The Game-Changer for Asia’s Entrepreneurs

July 9, 2014

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An exciting tech trend is reshaping Asian workforces. In countries like Bangladesh where the economy is expanding alongside faster broadband speeds and mobile penetration, entrepreneurs and skilled workers looking for employment are turning to online work…

 

ICT Innovations Connect Bangladesh’s Women Entrepreneurs

May 14, 2014

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By 2020, Bangladesh will have a population of 170 million – and half of this population will be made up of women. If the country is to achieve the 8 percent GDP growth it hopes for, making sure that women entrepreneurs are able to reach their full potential and fully contribute…

 

Advancing Women Business Leadership in Mongolia

May 14, 2014

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While Mongolia has made important strides in achieving gender equality, it still has a long way to go when it comes to parity between women and men in business. Currently, it ranks 33rd out of 136 countries according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index (2013)…

 

The Women Leaders Who Drive Aquino’s Reform Agenda

March 5, 2014

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For a president who was so greatly influenced by his mother and surrounded by sisters, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Simeon Benigno Aquino III has appointed women to some of the highest positions of his administration. A confirmed bachelor…

 

Inclusive Growth in Asia is Impossible Without Including Women

March 5, 2014

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A report from Oxfam released in late January put down on paper what many already feared was true: almost almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population. This is also the case in Asia, where income and wealth disparity is growing rapidly.

 

Securing a Place for Afghan Women in the Workplace

March 5, 2014

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In one month, Afghanistan will hold presidential elections in a critical transition year faced with the drawdown of the remaining international security forces in the country, the growing insurgency, and the impact these events will have on the nation’s economy.

 

Photo Blog: Critical Issue – Women’s Participation

March 5, 2014

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While Asian women are increasingly visible in leadership positions, political participation rates of men and women continue to be vastly unequal. In many countries, women are routinely discouraged from entering public office.

 

South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Challenge Status Quo

December 18, 2013

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It was Sabita Mahajan’s first time flying out of Nepal. She was a bit afraid and nervous on her way from Kathmandu to New Delhi, India, where she was traveling for an exposure tour for businesswomen, hosted by The Asia Foundation.

 

Women Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh

February 15, 2013

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In the Northeastern Bangladesh city of Sylhet, a group of women entrepreneurs have joined together to advocate for better access to loans for women. Through their efforts, more women are now finding the means to grow their own business and boost employment in their region. The Asia Foundation, in partnership with BICF, has provided technical assist… Read more