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Women Entrepreneurs Strengthen Market through ‘GREAT Women in  ASEAN’ Brand
May 26, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, May 27, 2015 – Women entrepreneurs from around the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region this week launched the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of women (GREAT Women) in ASEAN initiative to promote their products for greater sales and business growth that can employ more workers and improve livelihoods.
 
“The support, links and collaboration in the GREAT Women in ASEAN initiative makes the regional, integrated supply chain an answer to women entrepreneurs' dreams to reach the global market," said GREAT Women representative, Jeannie Javelosa of ECHOsi  Foundation, Philippines.
 
The GREAT Women in ASEAN initiative is helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) led by women to sell their products beyond their own countries’ borders and protect their products’ intellectual property rights from being illegally copied and sold. Initial product categories in the initiative include food items and spices, textiles and silk-based goods and high-fashion jewelry and accessories that are manufactured under fair labor and trade standards.
May 26, 2015
The Scaling for Impact learning event encompassed a two-day Summit with internal and external parties, followed by a three-day interactive training for USAID staff. The Summit component provided a unique opportunity to bring together a wide variety of organizations and sectors, including development professionals, accelerators and investors, researchers, donors and governments, innovators, and private sector partners.
 
May 26, 2015

Translating written legislation into indigenous languages that do not have an alphabet is clearly problematic and creates a significant barrier for indigenous communities to access information on laws relevant to them and their rights. Open Institute creatively tackled this challenge by developing an interactive voice response (IVR) system that individuals can use to listen to voice recordings in indigenous languages that can be accessed via a menu on a mobile phone (i.e. “to learn about..., press/say 1”).

May 26, 2015

Across Asia, mobile phone ownership continues to grow, and prices are dropping. This has led to an increase in mobile phone access writ large, and the potential to integrate mobiles into development projects to improve development outcomes clearly exists. In an effort to catalyze conversations and actions aimed at creating a more holistic and inclusive approach to M4D, USAID and FHI 360 hosted the second annual Mobiles for Development Forum Asia in Bangkok on January 20-21, 2015.

May 26, 2015

The U.S. Government, in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), launched the inaugural ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology (S&T) Fellowship in April 2014. Over the next several years, the Fellowship will place emerging science leaders into government ministries to strengthen evidence-based policy making. The Fellowship also empowers young leaders to engage in policies that drive national priorities and impact the lives of citizens in ASEAN.

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Last updated: May 27, 2015

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