Project Title

Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

PPWE 02 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPWE 02 2016A 

Project Title

Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

57,000 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

57,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) 

Topics

Gender 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

Investment Experts Group (IEG) 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Philippines 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Japan; Peru; Chinese Taipei; Indonesia 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Lydia R Guevarra 

Job Title 1

Director, Resource Generation and Management Service / OIC, Financial and Management Service 

Organization 1

Department of Trade and Industry 

Postal Address 1

/F RGMS, Board of Investments Building, 385 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, Manila, Philippines 

Telephone 1

63-2 9765711 Extension 5311 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

LydiaGuevarra@dti.gov.ph 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Lydia R Guevarra 

Project Summary

The Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business project is a cross-fora collaboration effort of PPWE (as the lead forum) and IEG.  It looks into the broader aspect of Inclusive Business (IB) both in theory and practice, and zooms into how women’s economic empowerment serves as vital contribution in the development, scale-up, and replication of IB models in the Asia Pacific region.

It aims to provide more understanding on the importance of IB in helping narrow the chasm between the rich and the poor, alongside addressing the gender gap. It aspires to provide a fresh perspective on how businesses that recognize gender-based constraints reap substantial benefits and trickle-down results up to those in the base of the pyramid (BoP). 

To do this, the project will conduct a survey to compile success stories and best endeavours of member economies’ IBs that recognize the contribution of addressing barriers to women’s economic empowerment in attaining balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative, and secure growth objectives.  A validation workshop will be conducted as a preliminary step before finalizing the study, followed by a concluding workshop for the presentation of the results. 

The final digital publication will be distributed during the APEC Women and the Economy Forum 2017.

Relevance

According to the 2014 data released by APEC Policy Support Unit, the Asia Pacific region’s female labor force participation rate averaged 56% vis-à-vis the world rate of 55%; meanwhile, the male participation rate accounted to 75% below the world rate of 81%.  Overall, an average 66% total labor force participation rate has been recorded, which is three notches lower than in 2013.  Factors contributing to the decline are the structural shifts in the labor market, particularly an aging workforce, and slow demand in the global economic activity. 

Despite the positive growth that the Asia Pacific region is experiencing whereas the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recognizes Asia as the leading global growth leader with favorable economic outlook amidst slowdown, poverty still persists.  The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approximated that more than 700 million people in the Asia Pacific live below the global poverty rate of US$1.25 per day in 2005.  Various approaches and models to combat poverty are continuously introduced and implemented across economies through joint public and private efforts.  Among the solutions presented is the Inclusive Business (IB) model which is perceived to help alleviate poverty in the region. 

Supplementing the government’s efforts in broadening the access to opportunities and enabling people reap the benefits of globalization, in the IB model, the private sector incorporates inclusive practices in their business plan.  As explained by ADB, Inclusive Business does not prioritize profit making but rather, combine and balance profitability and scaled social impact.  They target people at the base of the income pyramid (BoP) such as those living below the US$3 international poverty line.  IB models are designed to address social issues and benefit the poor and vulnerable by including them in the value chain as supplier, employee, distributor, partner or consumer of goods and services.  This practice does not only help the poor improve the quality of their lives, but also makes them an economic actor in their own right.  Aside from the partnership between the businesses and their host communities – with government creating the necessary linkages – financial institutions also actively engage in this cycle.  A healthy cycle like this provides a striking balance of economic gain and social good, helping businesses remain profitable to ensure everyone benefits from its growth. 

Commonly mistaken as the same, ADB differentiates IB from social enterprise in terms of their scale of impact while, corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities have different profitability objective.  Typically small in scale, social enterprises carry out their activities normally in limited geographic area.  On the other hand, IBs are more inclined to operate on a larger scale particularly if it is a subsidiary or line of business within a large company.  The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) explained that adoption of IB models goes beyond business strategy development; it also represents a fundamental shift in companies’ mind sets. 

The project directly corresponds to the 2016 Funding Criteria endorsed by SOM Officials under Rank 1 Priority as it supports the implementation of the Boracay Action Agenda to globalize micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); the Cebu Action Plan advocating for more inclusive financing; and the Iloilo Initiative supporting the capacity building of MSMEs.  It also falls under Rank 2 Priority as it promotes Inclusive Growth through women’s economic empowerment.

Objectives

1) To disseminate a publication at all relevant APEC fora and working groups before and during the APEC Women and the Economy Forum in 2017, enumerating exemplary IBs that recognize how women are vital partners and contributors in the economy and, how they are supported by the government by creating a favourable business environment;

2) To showcase best practices on how IB provide social and economic benefits to BOP – which is largely composed of women – contributing to economies’ poverty alleviation efforts;

3) To conduct a validation workshop in Manila, Philippines to present the preliminary findings and recommendations of the study;

4) To conduct a concluding workshop during the margins of APEC Women and the Economy Forum 2017 in Viet Nam upon its completion;

5) To present the results of the study at the PPWE Meeting during APEC Women and the Economy Forum 2017 in Viet Nam;

6) To build awareness and support among companies, women and communities on successful IB models for future replication; and

7) To raise awareness of female owned SMEs on opportunities made possible through the IB models which promotes partnership with communities as workers, suppliers, consumers and distributors of goods and services, by further distribution of digital copies of the publication across relevant channels.

Alignment

The project is directly aligned to the APEC 2016 Peru theme of “Quality Growth and Human Development” and the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ commitment as it emphasizes how gender equality, tapping women’s economic potential, and participation of MSMEs are supportive to the development and achievement of a balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth in the Asia Pacific region.  Recognizing its significance, two related meetings were held in 2015 such as the APEC High Level Dialogue on Inclusive Business in November 2015 and APEC Investment Experts’ Group Public-Private Dialogue on Inclusive Business in August 2015. 

During the Public Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy in September 2015, one of the sub-themes highlighted is Women and Inclusive Business operating under the APEC Women and the Economy 2015 Fora theme “Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Growth.”  In the dialogue, speakers discussed the importance of gathering more case studies on Inclusive Business to obtain better understanding as this field is particularly prone to misunderstanding.  They also recognized the positive impact brought by IBs to the BoP or the poor / low-income communities. 

Supportive to the APEC PPWE Strategic Plan 2015-2018, the project aspires to integrate gender responsive policies and programs in the discussions across other relevant APEC fora and working group through the advancement of five PPWE pillars of women’s economic empowerment (access to capital and assets; access to markets; skills, capacity building and health; leadership, voice, and agency; and innovation and technology).

TILF/ASF Justification

Over two decades have passed since the acknowledgement of gender equality and women’s empowerment as significant contributors to the economy through the Beijing Declaration and Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) agreed by 189 United Nations (UN) Member States; nevertheless, more work still need to be done to sustain the momentum in achieving this. 

In the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders Declaration, leaders remain committed to achieve a strong, balanced, sustainable, and inclusive growth.  Essential to achieving this is to harness women’s full economic potential in concrete, actionable, and measurable ways and support the efforts to advance gender equality.  However, it is notable that most developing economies’ SMEs in particular, are less developed with low level of competitiveness and women’s economic engagement are relatively low, despite the support given by their governments.  As such, capacity building efforts are essential for developing economies to be integrated globally.  For instance, technical support such as conducting workshops and seminars, and producing easily accessible informative materials are needed to innovate more people by expanding their skills and knowledge to contribute in the economy’s growth and development. 

It can also be recounted that in 2010, UN estimated that the region loses up to US$47 billion in output each year due to lack of female participation in labor markets.  Hence in 2012,UN stated that up to US$89 billion a year could potentially add up to the regional economy when barriers to women’s economic participation in the workforce are addressed.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

1) Event: The project will organize a public-private workshop prior its completion to generate inputs and recommendations to further improve the study.  This will be attended by participants from the 21 APEC member economies representing relevant government agencies such as those from trade, finance, foreign affairs, and gender ministries, and private sector companies and organizations, particularly with IB models that are gender responsive and/or advocating for more women’s participation. 

This one-day workshop will be held in Manila, Philippines to validate the data and information gathered by the study, and to further improve the effectivity of the project.  The consultant to be hired and other key experts to be invited will provide an overview of the relevance of IB and its impact to women’s economic empowerment by presenting the best practices and success stories gathered from the survey conducted.  It will discuss the risks and implications of adopting an IB model vis-à-vis its benefits in the longer run for APEC member economies.  Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and how they addressed the challenges posed. 

Upon completion of the study, a concluding workshop will be held to present the results.  It will discuss more effectively the next steps and recommendations to help achieve the objectives and disseminate the results of the project.  Participants from the 21 member economies will be invited to bring in interested companies and women’s organizations for information sharing and network-building, promoting partnership across communities as women play an important role as worker, supplier, consumer, and distributor of goods and services.  The workshop is targeted to be held for a day during the margins of APEC Women and the Economy Forum 2017 in Hanoi, Viet Nam, preferably prior the PPWE Meeting, where representatives from other APEC fora and working groups will be invited to gather more support and spread awareness on the results of the project. 

2) Tools: After the conduct of the concluding workshop, an official publication entitled: “Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business” will be distributed in digital format to all APEC economies which will be made available at the APEC website.  It will also be presented by the PO in the PPWE Meeting at APEC Women and the Economy Forum in Viet Nam, assuming that it will be held in June 2017.  The publication will consist of compilation of success stories and best endeavours of member economies’ IBs that support gender responsive policies and women’s economic empowerment goals. 

3) Knowledge: The contracted consultant will design the survey questionnaire, define objectives, and list of criteria in selecting participants.  This will be followed by a request for contact information of relevant agencies and participants to the survey which will be circulated through the APEC Secretariat.  The survey questionnaire will be disseminated across PPWE and IEG, and other relevant APEC fora and working groups.  It will seek for information on the economies’ policies that provide favourable business environment for IBs to prosper, the constraints faced by using the IB model, and success stories and best endeavours of companies with IB models that recognize women’s vital contribution in its growth and productivity. 

4) Collaboration: A joint collaboration of PPWE and IEG, the project is designed to gather more support and avoid replication of efforts in advancing IB in the Asia Pacific region.  Advocating for possible replication of successful case studies and best endeavours, the project will provide networking opportunity for interested companies aiming to shift into IB model that will be more gender responsive, by taking into account the impact of including more women in the process.  To do this, economies will be encouraged to invite SMEs to be engaged as participants of the project. 

Outcomes: 

§1) The publication on Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business has been widely circulated and cited as reference in research materials and drafting of policy recommendations to strengthen women’s participation in the economy.

2) Participants to the workshop, particularly those from the trade, finance, and gender ministries, apply the knowledge they learned to their jobs by organizing capacity building activities to enhance the skills and knowledge of women in IB.

3) Participants to the workshop applied gender sensitive programming to the programs, activities, and projects that they create and manage.

4) More businesses shift to IB and gender equality has become apparent where women and men both benefit and contribute to the economy’s growth and development.

5) Women’s innovative potential, especially those in the BoP, is fostered as worker, supplier, consumer, and distributor of goods and services.

6) Growth in number of businesses that engage those in the BoP as supplier and distributor, particularly in the developing economies. 

Beneficiaries:

1) Direct beneficiaries: 
The direct beneficiaries of the project are the participants from the 21 APEC member economies to the validation and concluding workshops that will be held to present the key results and exchange of first-hand information related to the project.  All APEC member economies’ participation are highly anticipated as this would allow them to give their additional comments and share their respective economies' best cases of inclusive business, highlighting women's participation at the finalization stage or in the dissemination of the results of the study.  In particular, these participants should be from the following:

a) Public sector – those from trade, finance, foreign affairs, and gender ministries.  Participants that are aware of the APEC work are highly encouraged to join.

b) Private sector – companies engaged in IB, gender-responsive companies and/or advocating for more women’s participation, SMEs (particularly women-owned/ managed), and others that are interested to shift.

To further disseminate the results of the project, representatives from International organizations (i.e., ADB, ASEAN, UN Women) and Women’s groups, especially those who are part of the WE-APEC Network, will be invited to participate.

Participants are anticipated to learn from key experts and case studies on how IB is a viable business model in making a change and contributing to the economy by engaging more women participation in the process.  Everyone will be closely engaged from the commencement of the project until the finalization and distribution of the publication on Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business. 

2) Long-term or indirect beneficiaries: With 21 APEC Member Economies discussing the importance of IB in advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, it will send an important message across prompting more data gathering, case studies on IB models, and information exchange benefiting everyone in the circle.  It will also benefit those businesses that are planning to shift its business model as it presents fresher viewpoint on how they could maximize the benefits and rewards that they could reap if the full economic potential of women are unlocked. For those in the BoP, the benefits include access to basic services, income and employment, productivity, and empowerment. 

IB models create a healthy cycle as it equally benefits the employer (companies and enterprises that already adopted the IB model), together with the women in the BoP acting as supplier, distributor, partner, and consumer of goods and services.  With its design aiming to address social issues and benefit the poor and those in the vulnerable groups, it also contributes to the poverty alleviation efforts of the government and helps provide a healthier environment for businesses to thrive.

Dissemination

The project will produce a publication entitled “Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business” which will be made available online at the APEC website.  Dissemination of the output will be coursed through the APEC Secretariat.  To reach wider set of audiences, the project targets to have at least one website (e.g., government website) or one news article that will direct a link to the publication for download from the APEC Secretariat database.

Gender

Women will be integrated in every step of this project.  From the development of the project proposal itself, it is headed by a woman.  For its implementation, the PO will strive to adopt a gender-balanced participation by taking into account that, in order to empower more women effectively, men should take part and support this process. 

Aside from circulating the workshop invitation to the PPWE members, IEG and SMEWG will be consulted.  This is to gather spread more awareness and interest from members, both male and female, to discuss how tapping women’s economic potential will be beneficial to achieving an economy’s quality growth and development.  For instance, IBs that are male-led will be more gender sensitive and engage more women which could be their supplier, distributor, employee, or client.  Meanwhile, women-led IBs can learn from each other, helping them increase their company growth and profitability through increased sales and lower costs. 

The publication on Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business will showcase successful cases of women-owned/-led IBs from the APEC economies along with a background study on the benefits of venturing in an IB and contribution to the poverty alleviation efforts of an economy fostering a healthy relationship between the public and private sectors, particularly in developing economies.

Work Plan

1) July 2016:  Raise awareness on the project by informing the co-sponsors regarding its commencement and work plan.  Undergo bidding process for the hiring of consultant (5-month contract) who will conduct the research for the publication.

2) August 2016:  Consultant to design the survey questionnaire, define objectives, and list of criteria in selecting participants.  POs to closely work with the consultant and also seek for advice from co-sponsors to ensure that the questionnaire can be easily filled up and well-covered.  The survey questionnaire designed should be targeted by making the topics and industries to be identified, more specific.  Request member economies across PPWE, IEG and other relevant APEC fora and working groups for contact information of participants to the survey.

3) September 2016:  Survey questionnaire to be disseminated across PPWE and IEG, and other relevant APEC fora and working groups.

4) September 2016:  Dissemination of invitation letters to the speakers and participants of the validation workshop.

5) October 2016:  Begin with the consolidation of inputs / follow-up submission from survey participants.  It should cover information on economies’ policies that provide favourable business environment for IBs to prosper, the constraints faced, and success stories and best endeavours of IBs that support gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.  Consultant will also review existing studies on IB and women in APEC and other international organizations to avoid replication of efforts.

6) October 2016 (second half):  Collection of the presentations of the speakers and circulation of relevant materials to the participants.  Share with co-sponsoring economies the agenda to the validation workshop, for comments and suggestions.

7) November 2016 (first half):  Continue with the consolidation of inputs gathered from participating economies.  Contact the participant to obtain more information and to validate, as necessary.

8) November 2016 (second half):  Consultant should have the preliminary study and presentation ready.

9) December 2016:  Conduct of validation workshop in Manila, Philippines.  Project evaluation materials distributed, gathered, and summarized.  Dissemination of letters of invitation to the participants and speakers to the concluding workshop.

10) December 2016 (second half):   Finalization of the publication on Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Business.  Share with co-sponsoring economies the agenda to the concluding workshop, for comments and suggestions.

11) January 2017:  Dissemination of invitation letters to the speakers and participants of the concluding workshop.

12)  February 2017:  Collection of the presentations of the speakers and circulation of relevant materials to the participants.  Share with co-sponsoring economies the agenda to the validation workshop, for comments and suggestions.

13)  March 2017:  Circulation of final study and presentation materials to the participants.

14) June 2017:  Conduct of concluding workshop during the margins of APEC Women and the Economy Forum in Hanoi, Viet Nam, preferably prior the PPWE Meeting.  Project evaluation materials distributed, gathered, and summarized.

15) June 2017:  Present the results of the study during the PPWE Meeting at the APEC Women and the Economy Forum 2017.

16) July – November 2017

a) POs to prepare the project completion report to be submitted to the APEC Secretariat.

b) Share with any relevant APEC fora and working groups during the margins of SOM II and SOM III the results of the study.

Risks

Estimated date

Activity

Output

Risk

Management of Risk

July 2016

Raise awareness on the project;

Undergo bidding process for the hiring of consultant

Consultant hired

Difficulty in finding a consultant to be contracted

POs will ensure that initial discussion on the project will be brought up during the APEC WEF 2016 in Lima, Peru to provide a heads up to economies regarding the information to be requested.

POs will develop a set of criteria to easily identify the consultant needed.

August 2016

Designing of survey questionnaire, define objectives, and list of criteria in selecting participants;

Request for contact information of participants to the survey

Survey questionnaire on Women and IB;

Database of participants to the survey

Questionnaire not focused enough to gather information;

Stakeholders take too long to respond and/or respondents recommended are not appropriate.

The consultant hired will design the survey questionnaire. POs will work closely with the consultant and also seek for advice with co-sponsors to ensure that the questionnaire can be easily filled up and well-covered.

POs will assist the consultant in conducting a follow-up email to PPWE and IEG members.

September 2016

Dissemination of survey questionnaire

Survey questionnaire disseminated

Wrong contact information provided

The consultant hired and POs to work closely with the APEC member economies to validate the contact information provided

September 2016

Dissemination of invitation letters for speakers and participants to the validation workshop

Confirmed line-up of speakers and participant’s list

Delay in issuance of the letters;

Speaker/s invited cannot attend;

Low turn-out of confirmed attendees

Re-double efforts in finalizing the invitation letters with the Philippine government;

Prepare a back-up roster of suitable speakers based on the agenda developed;

Economies will be encouraged to send representatives from their embassy if they cannot attend.

October 2016

Begin with the consolidation of inputs from participants;

Review of existing studies and publications to avoid replication of efforts

Preliminary study on Women and IB

Stakeholders take too long to respond

POs will send gentle reminders to participants and work closely with member economies for timely consolidation of inputs.  POs will forward the data collected to the consultant for processing.

October 2016

(second half)

Collection of presentation materials of speakers and circulation of relevant materials to the participants

Presentation files of speakers collected;

Agenda for the workshop established

Delay in the preparation of presentation files;

Agenda not yet developed

POs to work closely with the invited speakers to ensure timely submission;

Work closely with co-sponsors to draft the agenda

November 2016

(first half)

Continue the consolidation of inputs from participating economies

Compilation of success stories and best endeavours on Women and IB

Missing, lack, or incorrect information provided

POs will conduct follow-up emails to the participants to request for the necessary information and/or revalidate the inputs provided.

November 2016

(second half)

Preliminary study and presentation materials should be ready

Presentation files

Delay in submission

POs to work closely with the consultant and other stakeholders involved

December 2016

Conduct of validation workshop;

Project evaluation materials distributed, gathered and summarized;

Dissemination of letters of invitation to the participants and speakers for the concluding workshop

Workshop conducted;

Materials are issued;

Letters disseminated; Confirmed line-up of speakers and participant’s list

Participants do not show-up / last minute cancellation of attendance;

Responses are delayed; Summary is delayed

POs to ensure that no issues on visa and other logistical matters will arise; 

Allocate time for the evaluation of the workshop in the agenda; monitor summary development

Re-double efforts in finalizing the invitation letters with the Philippine government;

Prepare a back-up roster of speakers that are suitable based on the agenda developed;

Economies will be encouraged to send representatives from their embassy if they cannot attend.

December 2016

(second half)

Finalization of the study

Publication on Women and Inclusive Business

Delay in the publication

POs will work closely with the consultant contracted to ensure timely completion of the study conducted

January 2017

Dissemination of invitation letters for speakers and participants to the validation workshop

Confirmed line-up of speakers and participant’s list

Delay in issuance of the letters;

Speaker/s invited cannot attend;

Low turn-out of confirmed attendees

Re-double efforts in finalizing the invitation letters with the Philippine government;

Prepare a back-up roster of suitable speakers based on the agenda developed;

Economies will be encouraged to send representatives from their embassy if they cannot attend.

February 2017

Collection of presentation materials of speakers and circulation of relevant materials to the participants

Presentation files of speakers collected;

Agenda for the workshop established

Delay in the preparation of presentation files;

Agenda not yet developed

POs to work closely with the invited speakers to ensure timely submission; 

Work closely with co-sponsors to draft the agenda

March 2017

Circulation of final study and presentation materials

Presentation files

Delay in submission

POs to work closely with the consultant and other stakeholders involved

June 2017

Conduct of concluding workshop (during the margins of APEC WEF 2017)

Project evaluation materials distributed, gathered and summarized

Workshop conducted;

Materials are issued

Participants do not show-up / last minute cancellation of attendance;

Responses are delayed; Summary is delayed

POs will work closely with the Host Economy to ensure that no issues on visa and other logistical matters will not arise; 

Allocate time for the evaluation of the workshop in the agenda; monitor summary development

June 2017

Presentation of results of the study at the PPWE Meeting

Distribution of electronic copy of the publication to all member economies

APEC WEF 2017 will not be held in June

POs to work closely with the Host Economy and to remain flexible to any changes that may be encountered

July – November 2017

Finalization of project completion report

Project completion report submitted to the APEC Secretariat

Liquidation of funds are not settled in a timely manner

POs to ensure that an officer will be assigned to monitor the disbursement of funds within the allowable budget provided by APEC

July – November 2017

Sharing of project results to relevant APEC fora and working groups

E-copies of the publication distributed

Non-availability to travel

Share in advance with the group’s Program Director the copy of the publication

Monitoring and Evaluation

Evaluation methods:

1)  The project will organize a validation workshop to present the study and gather inputs from experts to further improve its substance.  The preliminary study will be circulated beforehand to provide ample time for participants to peer review before the actual conduct of the workshop.

2) This will be followed by a concluding workshop to share the results of the study and discuss next steps. 

Performance indicators:

1) Number of success stories and best endeavours to be compiled from participating economies.  Considering that there are 21 APEC member economies, the desirable number is to have one (1) or two (2) success story/stories from each economy;

2) Number of survey questionnaires disseminated vis-à-vis the actual number of respondents.  It is expected to obtain at least 60% response rate from all APEC member economies.

3) Number of participants (including their gender) who attended the workshops.  The desirable ratio of participants is to have 50:50 men and women.  As for the percentage of those who are funded and non-funded economies attending the workshop, it is targeted to have 80% attendance from the former, while, 60% attendance for the latter;

4) Number of accomplished project evaluation/ feedback received from the participants of the workshops.  This will help assess the satisfaction level of the participants in terms of the knowledge learned from the key speakers, effectivity and relevance of the workshop, their plans of applying it to their jobs, recommendations and commentary.  To do this, after each workshop, there will be a time allotted to evaluate the workshop design, the speakers, and the project itself;

5) Once the study has been published and made available in the APEC website, the number of visits and downloads of the publication will be taken note of, with a target number of 300 within six months.

6) At least one website (e.g. government website) or one news article should direct a link to the publication for download from the APEC Secretariat database.

Linkages

The project is a cross-fora collaboration effort of PPWE and IEG, with the former acting as the lead forum.  It will also coordinate with SMEWG and ABAC by referring to any publication they have produced or the outcomes of the meetings they have conducted on Inclusive Business to avoid repetition of efforts, but instead building upon what has been started.  External stakeholders such as UNDP and ADB will be engaged by citing publications relative to Women and IB. 

With the Asia Pacific region gaining a stronger ground, the member economies’ total exports and imports amounted to US$ 18.5 trillion (equivalent to 49% of total world trade) in 2014.  The project presents women and IB as a viable contribution in sustaining and balancing the growth that is inclusive, which could help APEC leverage its share of global GDP and participation in international trade.

Sustainability

Both results from the validation and concluding workshops will be disseminated to the APEC economies for information.  Economies will also be encouraged to provide comments to ensure that everyone are engaged and to promote consensus-building. 

The study will be presented at the PPWE Meeting of APEC WEF 2017 to gather inputs and discuss possible cooperation in the future to sustain and/or build upon the results of the project.  The same will be done at the IEG meeting to raise more awareness and gather more support on the work done by PPWE.  It is aspired that in the future, more fora and working groups will be engaged in activities such as this.  Aside from disseminating the results within APEC, the project will share the publication with other international organizations such as UNDP and ADB for reference. 

The POs will ensure that appropriate exposure will be given to the project through news articles that will be posted in the APEC Website, and other platforms to strengthen its visibility and to encourage the public to download the study.  Through the database built from the participants of the workshops, POs will circulate the electronic copies of the study to them, and encourage to share these to their network.  To avoid replication of efforts and to maintain contact with these participants, the PO will encourage them to be part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC (WE-APEC) network where they could also take part in the forum discussions, and share their experiences on how they applied the lessons learned from the workshops in their respective economies.

Project Overseers

Ms. Lydia R. Guevarra
Director, Department of Trade and Industry – Resource Generation and Management Service
OIC, Finance and Management Service 

In her more than two (2) decades work with government, Director Guevarra has managed several key projects in diverse fields such as promotion of IT literacy in secondary education, regional growth centers, Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) and economic empowerment of women and Persons with Disability (PWD) among others. She now handles development cooperation with domestic and overseas development agencies to address key issues and capacity building needs in line with the department's mandate and priorities.  Director Guevarra was the Head of the Philippines’ APEC Women and the Economy 2015 Fora Secretariat.

Alternate point of contact:

Name:  (Ms.) Ma. Gerardine Carlisa S. Millares
Title: Policy and Substantive Support, APEC Women and the Economy Desk
Organization:  Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines
E-mail:  MaGerardineMillares@dti.gov.ph / APECWEPH@dti.gov.ph

Name:  (Ms.) Ma. Aurora A. Dela Rea
Title: Admin and Logistics Support, APEC Women and the Economy Desk
Organization:  Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines
E-mail:  MaAuroradelaRea@dti.gov.ph

Cost Efficiency

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Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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