Project Title

Women's Leadership in Digital Era: Agility, Adaptability, Fluency 

Project Year

2019   

Project Number

PPWE 04 2019A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPWE 04 2019A 

Project Title

Women's Leadership in Digital Era: Agility, Adaptability, Fluency 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2019 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

130,265 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

130,265 

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

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Malaysia 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Papua New Guinea; Chinese Taipei; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/04/2020 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2021 

Project Proponent Name 1

Syahidatul Aazimah Ahmad Sidique  

Job Title 1

Principal Assistant Secretary 

Organization 1

International Relations, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(60-3) 83231404 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

aazimah@kpwkm.gov.my 

Project Proponent Name 2

Rosmida Omar (wef 1 October 2021) 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

International Relations, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

(60-3) 83231404 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

rosmida@kpwkm.gov.my 

Project Summary

Relevance

Relevance – Benefits to region: The World Economic Forum report on The Future of Jobs 2018 states that there exists an imbalance in the ratio of leadership roles for women in the job landscape. Only 33% of women are in leadership roles despite the fact that 67% of them are employed and 75% of that are in skilled jobs. In addition to the scenario, digital disruption and IR4.0 is predicted to widen the gender gap by contributing to higher job losses with nearly one new STEM job per four jobs lost for men, but only one new STEM job per 20 jobs lost for women[1].  It is deemed that the lesser the ratio of women in technology-related industries, it would also entail lesser women to be in the leadership positions in those industries. 

In relation to women’s participation in entrepreneurship as well as start-ups and venture capital investment, OECD has reported that gaps remain due to socio-cultural gender biases. Across OECD countries, 90% of innovative start-ups seeking venture capital investments have been founded by men. Women-owned start-ups receive 23% less funding and are 30% less likely to have a positive exit[2].  It is founded that women experience challenges when employing digital technologies in their business and hence, hinders their opportunities in business pitch. This project is also aligned to the “La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth” where two of the key action areas which are improving access of women to leadership positions in all levels of decision making and also to support women’s education, training and skills development and access in a changing world of work. 

Hence, this project will contribute to efforts in mitigating the leadership gender gap through enhancing digital literacy among women. This initiative is developed around the theory of technology domestication, which emphasises the roles of users (women) in making technologies usable in assisting decision-making, innovating products and transform the way business is done, across all sectors. This project will benefit all APEC economies to achieve gender parity in leadership and digital literacy. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: The project fits the eligibility criteria for the ASF Support Fund (ASF) General Fund as it supports capacity building needs for APEC developing economies. This project addresses barriers to women’s economic participation outlined by the PPWE’s five key pillars in its Strategic Plan - skills, capacity building, leadership and technology. This project also delivers capacity building activities benefiting the APEC economies and with lessons applicable for APEC members more broadly on women’s digital leadership. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: The project aims to provide capacity building to APEC economies’ policy making in relation to enhancing women’s digital literacy and fluency with the goal to narrow down the disparity in leadership positions across sectors. It is pertinent to raise the level of awareness among women that digital leadership is critical in the future of work, which eventually enhance inclusivity of women in economic development and ensure its sustainability. 

The project will also enable the achievement of APEC’s goals and objectives for capacity building, namely:

·   To attain sustainable growth and equitable development in the Asia-Pacific region – by addressing the empowerment of women to participate in economic activities; and

·   To improve the economic and social well-being of the people – by emphasizing the importance of digital literacy and fluency to ensure improvement in women’s digital leadership. 

Since inclusion of women in leadership roles and positions has been a shared agenda among APEC economies for long term, this project will match APEC’s operational principles for capacity building that are inclusiveness and cost effectiveness.


Objectives

To contribute to the efforts in mitigating the widening digital gender divide through providing a platform for learning and exchanging knowledge as well as experiences in developing digital leadership. This effort will benefit all APEC economies by addressing the importance to strengthen women’s role in leadership, and decision-making sectors – by way of taking advantage of the current and emerging technologies.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: This project is in conformity with the priority of APEC 2019, which is to aim for inclusive growth, where everyone benefits from integration and progress, in particular women. The inclusion of women in leadership roles and positions is a shared agenda among APEC economies, and this workshop will assist in bridging the gap by addressing one of the critical success factors, which is digital literacy and fluency. 

Alignment – Forum: This project complies with three of the five key pillars of the PPWE: promoting skills and capacity building, strengthening women’s leadership, and encouraging the use of innovation and technology, which is also in line with the “APEC Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap” adopted by APEC Leaders in 2017.

The project is also in alignment with the 2019 Chile priorities on Women, SMEs and Inclusive Growth and the priorities of “The Santiago Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth (2019-2030)” proposal: bridging the digital literacy gender gap – skills development and access to tools, promote women’s economic empowerment in non-traditional sectors, improving access for women to leadership positions and advancing women’s economic empowerment through data.

Additionally, the project supports the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG)’s “APEC Framework on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age”; the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG)’s “Strategic Plan for 2017-2020”; and the Policy Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI)’s “2019 Women in STEM Principles and Actions”.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

a.  Pre-conference survey will be conducted 4 months before the conference. The pre-workshop survey (one set for ministries/agencies related, and another set for NGOs/civil society) will also be done to identify economies’ experiences in enhancing women’s digital leadership. To identify economies’ experiences would be focusing on the best practices that have been done or planned in order to achieve women’s digital leadership enhancement. The questions or topics to be asked would be:

1. To know the economies’ understanding of women’s digital leadership;

2. Any initiatives/ efforts that have been taken to achieve it;

3. What are the setbacks/ challenges;

4. The outcomes of the initiatives.

The survey will be on women participation in digital leadership and relevant questions to provide a baseline of the digital leadership in each APEC economy. The output of the survey will be presented in the conference for further discussion for the workshop recommendations.

a.  Participants self-assessment (Questionnaire – Level of knowledge) – will be conducted before and after the conference to measure their level of understanding of this topic.

b.  Two-day conference will be held in October 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference will consist of panel sessions in current and emerging digital technologies, strategies and digital leadership. There will be 1 moderator and 3 speakers for each session. Some of the topics of discussion are: (i) Emerging digital technologies and future jobs (ii) Strategies in Women’s Digital Leadership (iii) Barriers in Women’s Advancement in Digital Leadership (iv) Leadership Learning from Role Models/ Best Practices. The conference will also hold breakout sessions to identify economies’ experiences in enhancing women’s digital leadership - that will contribute to the workshop recommendations and collection of best practices.

c.  A Conference Report in the form of digital publication entitled ‘Women’s Leadership in Digital Era: Agility, Adaptability, Fluency’ (not more than 20 pages) will be produced with details of the conference including information of speakers the outcomes of the conference (pre and post conference survey and conclusions), collection of best practices shared and a set of workshop and also policy recommendations. The publication can be used as guidance APEC members’ economies, others stakeholders and public in learning best practices in women’s digital leadership as well as be a guiding document in developing future programmes. This document will be available at the APEC website for the benefit of all visitors to the website. 

Outcomes:

Short term: This conference is intended to increase the knowledge and understanding of the participants, including 21 APEC economies, non-APEC member economies, NGO and international organizations the importance of mitigating the leadership gender gap through enhancing digital literacy among women. The participants’ level of knowledge and understanding of this topic will be measured through the pre and post conference surveys.

Middle to long term:

a.  APEC economies, international organizations, private sector and other stakeholders such as PPWE will be able to adapt and adopt the most relevant practices from the conference to meet their unique economy’ needs; and

b.  A collection of best practices will be published after the conference. It will be published and will be used as a guide and reference for APEC economies or non-APEC economies (as the publication will be available on APEC website), or policy makers when designing policies related to women digital leadership. 

Beneficiaries:

Direct

a.  The most direct beneficiaries will be 21 APEC member economies as they will be invited to attend the conference. They are management level of government officials (for example: Ministry of Women, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Trade and Investment). They will benefit from the knowledge and experience shared in the conference. APEC economies can raise awareness on digital leadership opportunities for women and build capacity through the regionalization of the project and make the best use of the opportunities for further development of digital leadership in the APEC economies.

Indirect

b. Researchers and academic scholars: Academic experts in the field of women entrepreneurship and digital leadership will gain deeper insights into multiple relevant issues through this project.

c.  NGOs and local/global organizations: NGOs, communities, and various organizations dedicated to the women’s advancement in the economy can benefit from this project for designing and implementing future capacity building programs for women’s economic empowerment. NGOs in APEC economies could share lessons-learned via this project and suggest policy recommendations.

d. APEC fora: APEC WEF will benefit from raising awareness on the need of digital leadership and mitigating leadership gender gap to fulfil the vision of inclusive growth.

Dissemination

The form and content: The conference report titled, “Women’s Leadership in Digital Era: Agility, Adaptability, Fluency,” will consist of the details of the conference including information of speakers, the outcomes of the conference (pre- and post-conference survey and conclusions), collection of best practices shared, and a set of policy recommendations based on the outcomes of the conference. This report will be presented at the APEC PPWE and other relevant APEC fora.

This publication will be the main output of the project and will be available as an APEC publication. The publication can be useful for the relevant stakeholders to amplify the capacity building of the participants and enhance their knowledge of the subject. All materials related to the conference will be available in the APEC website (http://apec.org/).

Engagement with external communication plan

a.  Brief the media during a separate media briefing after the event about key components of the project: representatives of both local and regional media will be invited to attend the conference.

b. Promotion or other dissemination of the final product; the report will be uploaded to the APEC website.

The target audience are:

1) Government officials in charge of policy making and implementation for women entrepreneurship and digital leadership;

2) Academic researchers, educators, and experts in the field of women entrepreneurship and digital leadership; and

3) NGOs and other relevant organizations.

There is no intention of selling outputs arising from the project. It is noted that the outputs from this project will comply with APEC IP, Publications, Logo and Website Guidelines.

Gender

The project is relevant to three of the five pillars of the Gender Criteria, namely: (i) Skills, Capacity Building and Health; (ii) Leadership, Voice and Agency, and (iii) Innovation and Technology.

The project primarily aims to increase the awareness on the widening gender gap in leadership by increasing women’s participation in the digital economy and enhancing the ratio of women’s representation in digital leadership.

Besides, this project will ensure the participation and engagement of both men and women as follows:

·  Women with potential to become digital leaders from public sector senior and middle managers and also women-led SMEs will be invited as project participants.

·  Both men and women will be invited as participants and speakers.

·   The project reports will be disseminated to women’s ministries and other relevant ministries, businesswomen’s associations, and women-related NGOs and organizations.

PO will collect sex-disaggregated data for all speakers and participants. This data will be included as part of the submission of the Completion Report to the Secretariat when the project completes and will serve to guide future POs on their gender parity targets.

Work Plan

4.       Work plan:

Timeframe

Tasks

Deliverables

April 2020

APEC Approval Process

Engage in Contracting Process with the Secretariat

Contract Signed

May 2020

Pre-conference Survey

1. Pre-conference report

2. Draft agenda and list of speakers

Revision of the result

Preparation of the pre-conference report

Develop agenda and list of speakers

June 2020

Definite agenda & speakers

July –

August 2020

Circulate the Administrative Circular

Administrative Circular

Approval from member economies

Obtain endorsement to invite non-APEC economies and international organizations to participate

August -September 2020

Invitation to PPWE to nominate participants who will represent their economies

Invitation

Invitation to speakers.

October 2020

Hosting conference in Malaysia

Conference

The post conference survey form will be circulated at the end of the conference to get feedback from participants

Prepare and submit 1st APEC Project Monitoring Report

1st APEC Project Monitoring Report

November – December 2020

Drafting of the Conference Report.

Draft of Conference Report

April 2021

Prepare and submit 2nd APEC Project Monitoring Report

 2nd APEC Project Monitoring Report

April 2021

Submission to the Secretariat for review and approval

i.        Conference Report

May 2021

Report to PPWE1 Meeting

ii.        Conference Report

iii.       

August 2021

Submission to the Secretariat for review and approval

APEC Project Completion Report

Contractor Work Plan

Timeframe

Task

Deliverables

April 2020

Analyzing the result of pre-conference survey

Drafting agenda

Survey Report

Draft agenda

April –

May 2020

Drafting participants self-assessment (Questionnaire – Level of knowledge)

Economy questionnaire

May 2020

Analyzing participants self-assessment (Questionnaire – Level of knowledge)

Results

June 2020

Researching best practices recommendations

Potential speakers/ economy

October – December 2020

Drafting Conference Report

Draft Conference Report

April 2021

Finalizing Conference Report

Conference Report

Risks

No.

Risk

Risk Management

1.    

Availability of relevant

speakers/ experts

Early engagement within APEC economies and international organizations (OECD, UNDP, World Bank, UNODC) will be carried out as soon as final approval is obtained.

2.    

The risk of low response rate for the Survey

Engagement will be carried out among PPWE members and targeted response rate is 50%. The PO will encourage them to contribute on the stock taking survey.

3.    

Attendance at conference

The hosting economy will develop agenda together with other APEC economies to have a substantial and comprehensive agenda to attract participation.

4.    

Low participation of women in the at the project

APEC economies will be required to have at least 1 woman participant from each economy to make up at least 50% of female participation rate. The conference will also invite at least 50% of female speakers.

5.    

The risk of low applicability of Publication (best practices and policy recommendations) by APEC economies

A collection of best practices of women and digital leadership will be published - consisting of recommendations from the conference and also the best practices shared.

6.    

Not having the desired number of funded participants.

 Publicity will be carried out to promote this conference as well as engagement with APEC economies. 

Monitoring and Evaluation

Outputs

Indicators

Expected Outcomes

Conference

Number of participating economies

70%

Number of participants

100

Participation rates of female participants

60%

Participation rates of female speakers

50%

Overall Evaluation

Satisfaction rate of quality of activities and presenters

80%

Target level of knowledge increase

70%

Awareness in Digital Leadership

70%

Project Report

Number of pages

20 pages

Number of recommendations

5

Number of best practices

5

Linkages

The project builds on initiatives such as: “Strengthening Innovative Skills Training and Education for Increasing Worker’s Inclusion in the Digital Age” (Vietnam, 2018), “Digital Workforce Development: Leveraging Digital and Distance-Learning Technologies to Build a 21st Century Workforce through Improved Career and Technical Education” (USA, 2018) and, “Women's Economic Empowerment and ICT: Capacity Building for APEC Women Entrepreneurs in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution”(Korea, 2017)”.

Our approach is to provide capacity building to APEC economies’ policy making in relation to enhancing women’s digital literacy and fluency with the goal to narrow down the disparity in leadership positions across sectors. The project provides the best practices for policy makers and participants to implement similar projects in their own economy, creating sustainable growth and equitable development in the Asia-Pacific region and will be relevant to other APEC and non APEC fora, particularly organizations dedicated to women’s cause given the cross-cutting nature of the project. Report results will be publicized widely, including with the HRDWG, and SMEWG for further capacity building activities advancing policies relating to women and digital leadership in APEC.

APEC is the best source to fund this project. This project is aligned with the funding priorities of ASF General Fund Account which is to strengthen inclusive growth through structural reform and by increasing opportunities for Women and SMEs.

Sustainability

How will beneficiaries be supported to carry forward the results and lessons from the project? 

A collection of best practices of women and digital leadership will provide the participants of the project with the resources to replicate the current project in their respective economies for continuous capacity building effort in advancing women’s digital leadership skills in the APEC economies; thus, increasing women’s participation in the digital economy and reducing the widening gender gap in digital leadership.

Next, given that digital leadership skills are regarded as a powerful skill in this digital economy for innovative, inclusive growth, which is aligned with APEC’s goals, outputs of this project will translate into useful resources for visions and future activities of APEC fora including PPWE, TELWG and HRDWG.

In addition to this, beneficiaries can also consult or obtain further collaboration from the expert in the case of adapting the practices shared during the conference. A contact list of speakers will be provided to relevant stakeholders upon request after consent is given by the speakers.

After project completion, what are the possible next steps to build on its outputs and outcomes? How will you try to ensure these future actions will take place? How will next steps be tracked?

The pre-conference survey would serve as a useful tool to indicate the commitment/ involvement of other APEC economies. Besides socialising the idea with PPWE, other relevant working group especially TELWG and HRDWG would also be approached to gain visibility and awareness at the highest level.

How will progress on the outcomes (Question 5) be measured?  

With regular reporting and dialogue on this project during future PPWE meetings, continued support and input from PPWE members is assured. Potential development of this topic to be brought forward to PPWE future work is highly probable.

Project Overseers

The project overseer (PO) is Ms Syahidatul Aazimah Ahmad Sidique who is attached to the International Relations Division, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia. The PO will be assisted and supported by the team members from the International Relations Division and Policy and Strategic Management Division in organizing and managing the conference.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Consultant will be engaged to start his work in April 2020 which include analyzing the result of pre-conference survey (stocktaking), drafting agenda, researching on possible best practices recommendations and methodology. 

During the conference, consultant will be an advisor and also taking notes to prepare the Conference Report.

After the conference, consultant will have to draft the Conference Report in the form of digital publication entitled ‘Women’s Leadership in Digital Era: Agility, Adaptability, Fluency’. 

The consultant’s fee will include all the activities previously described, and others that may be needed during the project.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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