Project Title

Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Leadership Conference: Enhancing Women’s Economic Participation by Improving Women’s Health 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

HRD 05 2016A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

HRD 05 2016A 

Project Title

Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Leadership Conference: Enhancing Women’s Economic Participation by Improving Women’s Health 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Health and Emergency Preparedness 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

60,000 

Co-funding Amount

103,740 

Total Project Value

163,740 

Sponsoring Forum

Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) 

Topics

Human Resources Development 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

Health Working Group (HWG); Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Japan; Peru; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/05/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Chris Watson 

Job Title 1

Senior Advisor for APEC Affairs 

Organization 1

US Department of Labor 

Postal Address 1

200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210, USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 6934858 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Watson.Christopher@dol.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Ms Ann Katsiak 

Job Title 2

Chief of Party 

Organization 2

US-ATAARI 

Postal Address 2

1777 N Kent Street, Arlington,VA, USA 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

akatsiak@nathaninc.com 

Declaration

Chris Watson and Ann Katsiak 

Project Summary

Women's empowerment and the promotion of gender equality are key to achieving sustainable economic development in APEC.  Basic foundational needs – including health – must be met for women to enter, remain and rise in the workforce.  The Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit was launched in 2015 to help governments, companies, and NGOs improve female labor force participation through better health. In 2016 an implementation workshop was held to equip governments and private sector with the tools to implement HWHE. In 2017, a Conference will be held to share HWHE experiences and learnings with labor, health and gender officials and other private sector participants, and to galvanize others into action by announcing HWHE commitments and innovative partnerships. This project supports Rank 1 funding criteria building sustainable and resilient communities as well as human capital development.

Relevance

865 million women in the world have the potential to contribute more fully to their economies (ILO) and studies suggest that raising female labor force participation would raise GDP substantially – by as much as 5 percent in the United States and 9 percent in Japan (IMF).  Further, the APEC region is facing a shrinking labor pool, which threatens economic growth.  This is driven by plummeting birth rates and rapidly aging populations, among other factors.  According to the ADB, population aging is perhaps the single biggest economic and social obstacle confronting Asia’s future.  There is wide recognition – most recently by the IMF -- that increasing women’s participation in the labor force can mitigate these impending demographic shifts.  However, rates of female labor force participation are low, have remained low and, perhaps most alarmingly, are stagnating (World Bank).  The IMF, World Bank and others agree that foundational needs – including health and education – need to be met if women are to enter and remain in the labor force. Furthermore, it was shared at the 2016 workshop that despite progress in the last few years, there is still much work to do in this area. McKinsey and Company explained that if women could contribute the same productivity and number of hours as men, the global GDP would increase by 26% or $28 trillion dollars. McKinsey’s recommended areas of focus to address this gap in productivity included low labor-force participation in quality jobs; blocked economic potential; and violence against women.

In 2015 APEC launched a Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit which compiled policies and best practices to help governments, companies, and NGOs to improve female labor force participation through better health (see full Toolkit: http://healthywomen.apec.org).  The Toolkit was informed by the results of a literature review and the drafting process was done through a public-private partnership with input from an experts group co-chaired by the Philippines (Department of Health, Philippine Commission on Women, and Department of Labor & Employment) and Merck KGaA. In 2015, the initiative held an implementation workshop, which equipped governments and the private sector with the tools to implement the HWHE Toolkit. Speakers from various economies and the private sector shared best practices across the five toolkit areas. To keep the momentum and ensure sustainable change, attention now turns to tracking and reporting progress from current champions. 

This project supports Rank 1 funding criteria (building sustainable and resilient communities) and Rank 2 funding criteria (Inclusive Growth - Women and the Economy / Activities/issues related to addressing the social dimension of globalization, including health and gender). The HWHE initiative directly addresses both of the criteria by increasing female workforce through better health in the APEC region, and through this increase build up regional workforce to ensure a sustainable economic future.

Objectives

1) To empower and equip additional governments, companies and NGOs to implement the APEC HWHE Policy Toolkit recommendations.

2) To empower governments and the private sector to track and report on the progress of programs and/or policies implemented.

3) To build awareness and catalyze commitments and partnerships from relevant stakeholders for the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies initiative so it may be broadly implemented and female economic participation can be improved across the APEC region.

Alignment

2016 APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Statement: “We recognize the role of women in the economic prosperity of the region and reaffirm our commitment to take concrete policies to further enhance women’s economic empowerment. To achieve this goal, we commend the initiative to conduct case studies to collect and share good practices in which promotion of gender diversity in corporate leadership contributed to corporate growth. We also encourage officials to further work to enhance women´s participation in the economy, including the ratio of women’s representation in leadership positions. We welcome the APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit, which seeks to enhance women’s economic participation through better health, and call for the public and private sectors to consider adopting relevant aspects of its recommendations.” 

2015 APEC Ministerial Meeting Statement: “We endorse the Strategic Plan of the PPWE 2015-2018 to advance women’s full and equal economic participation across the APEC work streams, in particular through improved access to…health…We welcome initiatives to ensure mainstreaming of gender perspectives in APEC. These include: …Policy Toolkit on Healthy Women, Healthy Economies. 

2014 APEC Ministerial Meeting Statement:We …encourage sustained momentum from economies to provide policy support for women’s economic empowerment and establish a gender-responsive enabling environment to advance women's full and equal economic participation… We encourage cross-fora synergies wherever possible, and welcome the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies joint initiative to enhance women’s labor force participation….” 

The HRDWG's mission is to share knowledge, experience, and skills to strengthen human resource development and promote sustainable economic growth, which is a key objective of this project.  In addition, this project also supports all three objectives listed in the HRDWG work plan: 1) Develop 21st Century Knowledge and Skills for All, 2) Integrate HRD into the Global Economy, and 3) Address the social dimension of globalization.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project enhances the capacity building support extended to APEC developing economies by convening experts from other economies, multilateral organizations, private sector and NGOs to provide guidance on implementing policies and programs to address health issues and improve women’s economic participation. Developing economies, now armed with the tools needed to begin implementation, will be able to begin implementation. The 2017 meeting will provide a forum for reporting back, discussing implementation to date with key experts in the field, and learning to improve and expand their programs. They will also hear lessons learned from other economies who have implemented programs or policies throughout the year. 

At this time, there is not additional support envisioned for targeted developing economy implementers, however attendance at the conference will allow developing economies to connect with a wide array with of implementers to pull resources and best practices that will further assist developing economies with their implementation efforts.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: A two-day conference: The conference likely be held in Viet Nam on the margins of SOM 3 will share HWHE Policy Toolkit experiences and learnings with labor, health and gender officials and other private sector participants, and galvanize others into action by announcing HWHE commitments and innovative partnerships. It will allow economies and the private sector to share their data and progress to date. It will also dive more deeply into the issue of monitoring and evaluation and data collection across HWHE activities and implementers. 

Outcomes: This will be the third annual meeting of this multi-year initiative where economies and private sector partners focus on improving women’s economic participation by improving their health. The vision is that by 2019, APEC member economies, businesses, and organizations will have implemented elements of the HWHE Policy Toolkit, resulting in increased women’s economic participation. We note that while the vision is an annual conference, there is no obligation on behalf of APEC to fund an annual conference at this stage and the organizers will continue to examine the resource availability for a conference on an annual basis for the time being. 

The main output expected is additional implementation of the HWHE Policy Toolkit. While economies and companies are already implementing the suggested actions, ideally the HWHE Policy Toolkit will reach an increasing number of government agencies and businesses who will want to join in improving women’s economic participation through better health. These governments and businesses newer to HWHE will be convinced by the data presented by those already implementing. 

For those reconvening and who have been implementing since the 2016 workshop or prior, the 2017 conference will serve as a forum to share learnings and lessons to date. This draws directly on the lessons learned from the 2016 workshop, where several economies mentioned the need for further exchange of tools and best practices. 

During the last session of the 2016 workshop, Peru asked the Philippines to share its assessment tools used for the Scorecard program, so that they could think about applying similar mechanisms for their work on gender-based violence. Australia also conversed with Japan about their government’s new procurement regulation, and what Australia can learn from that. The discussion highlighted the need for continued exchange of tools, ideas, and program successes and failures. Thus, the 2017 conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss what has worked and what hasn’t with both experts and participants from other economies, allowing them a space to think about who to improve and expand their existing HWHE programs and policies, and thus, impacting more women across the APEC region. 

Beneficiaries: The project’s direct beneficiaries will include:

·  Senior Government officials from health, labor, gender and trade ministries. The PO will ask economies (via the HRDWG, in collaboration with the HWG, and PPWE) to nominate these representatives.

·  Private sector, NGOs, multinational organizations, academic experts who are knowledgeable about women’s health, economic empowerment and workforce development issues. These individuals will ideally work in human resources departments within companies. Returning private sector and NGO attendees and experts may include:

a) Jhpiego (international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University that implements women’s health programs in developing economies);

b) Merck KGaA (leader in therapies targeting women; Dr. Sarbani Chakraborty of Merck KGaA who co-chaired development of the Toolkit alongside Dr. Ubial of Philippines DOH);

c) Deloitte;

d) McKinsey and Company;

e) USAID and

f) The Asian Development Bank; among others.

The project’s outputs will also have many long term/indirect beneficiaries beyond workshop participants, including:

·   APEC governments (health ministries, labor ministries, economic ministries, gender and trade ministries) as the Policy Toolkit will provide a useful reference as they seek to improve female labor force participation through better health;

·   APEC civil society not-for-profits, academic institutions and industry organizations who have an opportunity to share best practices as well as to jointly develop/implement the Policy Toolkit;

.  Women in APEC economies seeking to enter, remain, and rise in the labor force but face health barriers to do so.

Dissemination

The target audience of this workshop is representatives from governments, businesses and chamber of commerce, and NGOs from the APEC region who work on and are knowledgeable in women’s health, economic empowerment and workforce development issues – or are in a position to help scale the reach of the Toolkit. In addition, the conference will be promoted to both formal and informal sector stakeholders including business associations.  Multilateral organizations active in the region and we will use these resources where possible to make sure we are pulling in the right speakers and participants. 

Key materials, including the conference agenda, will be circulated electronically prior to the conference. Any additional outcome documents will be circulated following the conference.  In addition, project overseers may use the conference to examine the toolkit and look at any additions or changes that could be made, as it is intended to be a living document refined as implementation takes place. 

As appropriate, the Project Overseers will also work with the APEC Secretariat to explore opportunities to disseminate project outputs via traditional and social media channels and the HWHE website. 

None of the outputs from this project are being produced for commercial gain; outputs will be openly shared with all APEC economies. All materials will be posted to the APEC Meeting Document Database and theAPEC publications database.

Gender

As a project that strives to increase female labor force participation through better health, the project has actively sought engagement by both men and women to attend the past workshops and will continue to do so for the upcoming conference.  The project directly benefits women through its focused efforts on improving women’s economic participation through women’s health. 

Generally, women continue to face barriers to entering, remaining in, and advancing in the workplace as they remain vastly underrepresented in the Asia-Pacific region. The United Nations reports that limits on women’s workforce participation across the Asia-Pacific region cost the region’s economy an estimated US $89 billion annually. Governments and businesses increasingly recognize that addressing health related issues is a key way to engaging women more fully in employment throughout the economy and the toolkit specifically responds to this need, providing specific interventions that can be implemented by both public and private sector. The toolkit specifically notes which partners would be responsible for actions, recognizing there are certain elements that require government actions but that private sector are key partners as well.

Work Plan

Q1 2017: The Project Overseers will develop a brief draft conference agenda, based on the feedback from the 2016 workshop and in line with the concept note. The agenda will be developed with consideration of the outcomes report from the 2016 workshop. The Project Overseers will begin to engage stakeholders in order to foster interest in the initiative’s 2017 conference. The Project Overseers will begin identifying key speakers who have implemented HWHE Policy Toolkit actions and have been in implementation long enough to speak to areas such as key obstacles, best practices, program monitoring and evaluation, and utilizing data for program improvement. 

Q2 2017: The Project Overseers will work to issue an invitation for participants from the 21 economies. They will also focus on private sector recruitment. In terms of agenda development, the Project Overseers will fill any remaining speaker slots and refine the agenda as needed. If there are any interactive or breakout sessions on the agenda, the Project Overseers will develop interactive tools, templates, etc. needed for the sessions. The Project Overseers will also work to confirm a venue for the conference and begin working out logistical details.

Q3 2017: The conference will be held on the margins of the APEC Third Senior Officials’ Meeting. A brief outcomes report will be developed and circulated.  This outcomes report will be structured along the lines of the 2016 workshop outcomes document which was also completed at the end of the 2016 workshop. The report captures discussions of the workshop and also highlights key and emerging case studies to capture for the record and for use by economies. The outcomes report is available on the healthy women healthy economies website as would be this one. 

Q4 2017: The Project Overseers will debrief following the conference, reviewing participant feedback, considering the requests and needs of those implementing the HWHE Policy Toolkit, and discussing next steps. The Project Overseers will also work to conduct follow up with additional economies and businesses who volunteered to begin implementation during the conference. This follow up is not technical assistance but simply continued communication to ensure that partnerships and linkages are built where all implementers can work with each other to capture lessons learned and apply the tools that have been developed over the last two years.

Risks

The following risks are based on our experience in prior event implementation:

·  Schedule conflicts from sought speakers or experts – August can be a difficult time, as many people take holiday or vacation. However, the project has collected a substantial amount of key partners and contacts throughout the past few years of the HWHE initiative and thus has a multitude of experts to rely on in case any scheduling conflicts arise.

·  Overlap with other APEC meetings: The project team will be in close communication with the APEC Secretariat and Viet Nam to ensure that there is no overlap that can be avoided with the conference and other relevant APEC working group meetings.

. Logistical challenges in meeting preparations: The project team will be in regular communication with the various stakeholders and Viet Nam. This close communication will allow the project team to address logistical challenges before or as they arise.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Conference will provide an opportunity for economies and businesses now implementing the HWHE Policy Toolkit to share experiences, impact data and lessons learned. The number of and progress of implementation commitments will be monitored and reported back to the following year’s gathering, the HRDWG and other supporting fora.

In addition, the Project Overseers will conduct a series of evaluation surveys with all workshop participants. The evaluations will measure participants’ knowledge before and after the workshop in areas of key competencies. In addition, the surveys will ask participants whether the topics covered in the workshop were relevant to the APEC HWHE work that their economy, business, or organization is doing. In follow-up surveys, the target will be for at least 60% of participants to have applied the information learned successfully in their economy, and an additional 20% indicating that they have plans to do so. 

Other potential indicators include the following: 

.  Number of survey responses and response ratio (>80% target).

.  Number of survey and workshop participants, including ratio of women to men.

.  Percentage of participants in project that indicate increased learning from participating in the survey and workshop (>60% target).

. Feedback from APEC member economies, Senior Officials, Ministers or Leaders. 

Participants will be surveyed again 6 months and 12 months following the workshop. The responses will be utilized to shape and improve the project’s work in 2018.

Linkages

First and foremost, this project was the first in APEC to fall under three working groups (HRD, PPWE, and HRDWG). IT is cross-sectoral in nature and brings together officials from a range of government agencies, including women’s, health, labor, and trade ministries. In addition, multilateral organizations, private sector and NGOs who are interested in implementing the HWHE Policy Toolkit recommendations will be recruited to participate in the Conference. This will include representatives from the WHO, UN Women, and Women Deliver, as well as other organizations working to address women’s health. 

The workshop will also include interested representatives from a few non-APEC economies, such as in Southeast Asia and the Americas. Merck is currently rolling out HWHE work in economies outside of APEC such as Jordan. This may provide an area for collaboration or at the very least, additional insights and perspectives. 

Additionally, this project avoids duplication and instead intends the opposite – it brings together those who are working in this area to organize and collect efforts so that economies and businesses can learn from each other’s efforts. Economies and businesses such as Mexico and Deloitte recognized at the 2016 workshop that though programs are being implemented, identifying and sharing them as related to the HWHE Policy Toolkit enables them to organize themselves and find others working in those same areas, promoting further partnerships.

Sustainability

APEC HWHE is a multi-year initiative and has held annual meetings and produced deliverables for the last three years. It has developed a strong group of stakeholders and implementers dedicated to jointly moving the HWHE initiative forward. A multi-step planned has enabled this work to evolve since the creation of the APEC HWHE Policy Toolkit. Since the Policy Toolkit was launched in 2015, the initiative has moved from vision to action – providing the tools needed for economies, businesses, and organizations to implement the recommended actions. 

The initiative has provided both economic and business case reports that provide data and tactics for those that need to make the pitch for implementation. Once implementation has begun, they are armed with a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework that will allow them to track progress and demonstrate positive impacts to their workforce. 

Economies and businesses are encouraged to utilize the M&E Framework to track data, and thus share progress and success to date at the 2017 conference. The lessons learned and data shared will be carried forward through an outcomes document. This outcomes document will demonstrate the economies and businesses that have shared progress, thus exhibiting the volume of governments and companies implementing HWHE actions across APEC. 

The next possible steps after completion of the 2017 activities would be to hold an additional conference in 2018, which could assess efforts of the multi-year initiative to date. This may include launching of public-private partnerships, sharing of major impacts across both governments and businesses, and presenting aggregate progress across all implementers. The project will also consider additional follow up activities for 2018, to be decided based on the outcomes and feedback from the 2017 conference. 

Additionally, the project will aim to continue to collect lessons learned. Following the 2016 workshop, the project compiled lessons learned in an outcomes document. The project will continue to collect lessons learned and best practices, including following the 2017 conference. These will be disseminated online and at future APEC and HWHE events. The project overseers can look to share these lessons learned and a summary of the project to date with the HWG and HRDWG as well as the PPWE.

Project Overseers

Christopher Watson, Senior Advisor for Asia and the Pacific and APEC Affairs, International Labor Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor  – United States Delegate to the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG). 

Mr. Watson will be working in close consultation with:

·  Deanne de Lima, Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Economic Policy, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

·  Erika Elvander, Director, Office of Asia-Pacific, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services  – United States Delegate to the APEC Health Working Group (HWG)

·  Julia Santucci, Senior Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State – United States Delegate to the APEC Policy Partnership on Women & the Economy (PPWE)

·  Ann Katsiak and others from the US-ATAARI team at Nathan Associates. 

Ms. Katsiak is Chief of Party of the US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) activity, which is managed by Nathan Associates Inc. She has more than a decade of work in trade policy and development programs, overseeing all facets of this $27 million dollar project which provides a breadth of capacity building assistance to APEC member economies. As Managing Director of the Regional Integration division at Nathan Associates Inc., Ms. Katsiak has also overseen and managed the implementation of a portfolio of more than 50 million dollars, with programs in Central America, ASEAN as well as APEC. Ms. Katsiak holds an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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