Project Title

COVID-19 Indigenous and Diverse Women-Led MSME Responses 

Project Year

2020   

Project Number

PPWE 06 2020A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPWE 06 2020A 

Project Title

COVID-19 Indigenous and Diverse Women-Led MSME Responses 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Women and the Economy 

Project Year

2020 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

44,000 

Co-funding Amount

106,000 

Total Project Value

150,000 

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

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

New Zealand 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; China; Malaysia; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/03/2021 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2022 

Project Proponent Name 1

Riripeti Reedy 

Job Title 1

Principal Policy Analyst 

Organization 1

Ministry for Women 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(64-21) 1905312 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Riripeti.Reedy@women.govt.nz 

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

Riripeti Reedy 

Project Summary

In a COVID-19 context, the message that ‘stronger more inclusive growth comes from supporting and advancing women-led MSMEs’ (ABAC, 2018:iv) has only gained greater traction. In New Zealand, the most recent data evidences the pandemic has had, and continues to have, a disproportionately negative impact on women, especially on those who experience intersecting forms of cultural and ethnic discrimination. Focusing this project on indigenous and diverse women-led MSMEs and how COVID-19 recovery strategies have affected their business recovery and economic participation, will contribute more effective and responsive MSME policies and programmes. At the same time, we know close to 40% of SMEs world-wide are women owned and increasing women-led MSMEs can multiply the benefits of income distribution, help create better paying jobs for all, and enhance productivity and growth (ibid:75). 

In December 2021 (tbc) we will deliver a workshop that will (1) produce narratives that increase understanding about the differential and unique experiences of indigenous and diverse women-led MSMEs to be successful in a COVID-19 environment, (2) identify data and information that is relevant for them and, (3) offer capacity building activities supported by public and private sector institutions and businesses.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Recent reports point to emerging evidence that women’s economic situations, livelihoods and their jobs are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Collecting and sharing gender data and information on policies and measures developed to respond to a COVID environment is essential to maintain a focus on women’s economic empowerment. This project takes a special interest in the MSME sector, widely acknowledged as the engine room of many economies. The innovative approach the Ministry for Women has taken to collect gender and ethnic business data is a key step to implement programs and policies that support the removal of “Cultural biases in all APEC economies, [that] to a greater and lesser extent, continue to disadvantage women-led MSMEs.” (ABAC 2018 MSMEs report, p.iv). Aligned to this data are the experiences of indigenous and diverse women who lead their MSME businesses. Collecting and sharing their narratives recognizes that gender, ethnicity and culture together, not separately, are at the heart of the intersectional nature of their business experiences. This project builds knowledge and understanding and helps identify opportunities for deeper collaboration on effective gender policies in an increasingly diverse and pandemic responsive Asia-Pacific region. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project addresses the PPWE’s five pillars impacting women’s economic participation, by seeking to understand how policy professionals in the public and private sector can assist and improve opportunities for women to have: i. access to Capital and Assets; ii. access to Markets; iii. Skills, Capacity Building and Health; iv. Leadership, Agency and Voice; v. Innovation and Technology. The indigenous and diverse women-led business leaders who will share their experiences, we expect will have contributions and understandings to share under each of these pillars. The La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth strongly encourages cross-cutting (intersectional) approaches with other APEC working groups. The development and implementation of this proposal seeks to develop stronger cross-fora collaboration with the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group, APEC Business Advisory Council and Human Resources Development Working Group through information sharing and capacity building. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: Malaysia and New Zealand have been identified as having strong coherent local MSME strategies (ABAC 2018 MSMEs report, p.iii). Sharing these strategies through the development of FAQ sheet templates, this project will then seek member economies to volunteer their policy and implementation approaches to develop MSME strategies and any specific approaches that target women-led MSMEs, particularly those that are led by indigenous and ethnically diverse women. Drawing heavily on the work completed for the ABAC 2018 MSMEs report, the MSME information that member economies volunteer will also be developed into economy MSME FAQ sheet templates for wider knowledge sharing. These early FAQ sheet developments will acknowledge that MSME and SME economy policy responses are likely to be shaped by the COVID-19 environment. Whether and how gender has been incorporated into an economy’s policy approaches will help inform the capability building experiences that strengthen and develop knowledge that helps embed gender equality and women’s economic empowerment measures into our COVID-19 responses. It will be important therefore that APEC developing economies are strongly encouraged to participate and contribute to the project.

Objectives

With a focus on COVID-19 recovery strategies, the project will build the capacity of participant economies to support the recovery and participation of indigenous and diverse women-led MSMES in the Asia-Pacific region by:

a)  Sharing indigenous and diverse women-led business data and information

b) Understanding and reporting the critical and differential policy issues for these women-led MSMEs.

c)  Improving the connectivity of indigenous and diverse women-led MSMEs and supporting the building of women-led MSME leadership networks.

d) Expanding partnerships between government, non-government and the private sector to develop gender-centred COVID responsive economies and incorporate women in recovery strategies.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: 

-  The La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth – promotes the advancement of women’s economic empowerment through ‘promoting and facilitating cooperation in the public and private sector to help ensure that women, including women of diverse backgrounds and women-led MSMEs, can access capital and assets, in both local and international markets’.

-  ABAC - In the Fourth ABAC Meeting held in Papua New Guinea from 13 to 15 November 2018, members endorsed as part of the 2019 Work Program proposed by Chile: MSME and Entrepreneurship Working Group, including ‘Strengthening the participation of women in the economy’ 

Alignment – Forum: With the pandemic impacting all economies differently and different groups of women differently, this project aims to demonstrate how cross-fora and cross-cutting collaborations between economies and APEC working groups can successfully implement the La Serena Roadmap, in line with its forthcoming Implementation Plan. This will be done through examining data, understanding how and when it is collected and analysed, and understanding the experiences of some of our most economically vulnerable women, indigenous and diverse women, in their roles as leaders of their businesses.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:               

1. Virtual Workshop 1: New Zealand will host a virtual workshop, inviting economies to participate to:

a)  share their MSME strategies based on their information shared in their economy MSME FAQ template (drafted in terms of Workshop Preparation d)c) below).

b) identify specific COVID recovery business and investment strategies targeted at women-led businesses       

c) identify those that are designed to impact indigenous and/or diverse women-led businesses. New Zealand to gain agreement from economies that can provide case-studies on indigenous and diverse women-led businesses and the impacts of COVID-19 recovery strategies on their businesses       

e)  Workshop Preparation

Establish baseline information and practices from New Zealand and Malaysia economies: The report Realising the Untapped Potential of MSMEs in APEC (2018) stated ‘Malaysia and New Zealand were identified as having strong coherent local MSME strategies’ (p.iii). 

i)  New Zealand will host a virtual meeting with Malaysia to present and share their MSME strategies – these discussions will help develop economy specific women focused MSME FAQ sheet templates that:

-  grow knowledge of women-specific issues in the MSME sector
-   highlight policy challenges and supports
-  identify data sources and gaps       

ii)   New Zealand and Malaysia to identify specific COVID recovery business and investment strategies
-  identify those that are designed to impact women-led businesses
- identify those that are designed to impact indigenous and/or diverse women-led businesses

iii)  New Zealand and Malaysia MSME FAQ sheets are agreed as an MSME FAQ template for other economy contributions

2. International Case Studies Report: New Zealand to collect and document 7-9 case studies of indigenous and diverse women-led businesses and the impacts of COVID-19 recovery strategies on their businesses.

3. Workshop 2: New Zealand to host a virtual workshop to ‘show and tell’ the experiences of indigenous and diverse women-led businesses and the impacts of COVID-19 recovery strategies on their businesses.  Depending on the number of case-studies to be presented, the workshop is likely to be delivered in 2x 2.5 hour workshops, highlighting: 

i.   the differential and unique, leadership impacts and challenges they face to        be successful,
ii.   identify data and information that is relevant for them,
iii.  identify supportive capacity building activities offered by public and private sector institutions and businesses.

4. Project Report: Final case studies will be summarised and relevant materials published, policy and programme recommendations may be made with respect to pre- and post-COVID interventions and long-term recovery approaches for indigenous and diverse women-led MSMEs, workshop participant evaluations and feedback will be reported. The Project Report will consist of at least 60 pages and appendices and will meet publishing requirements of APEC and be disseminated through APEC's website to support ongoing discussions and work for women’s empowerment and inclusive growth. 

Outcomes:

1. Improved understanding and knowledge by policy makers and gender analysts, of MSME economy investments in women-led businesses especially those that are led by indigenous and diverse women.  This will be measured by asking participants to complete the MSME FAQ template on their respective economy’s women-led MSME investment strategies. After their participation in Workshop 2, to complete a post completion survey.

2. Improved understanding and knowledge by business women and business leaders (end users) of their local MSME policies and practices that can assist their business development. We expect that case study participants will gain insight and knowledge through their experiences of relating how they have been impacted by COVID-19 economy interventions.  This will be a key focus of developing and reporting the case studies through virtual meetings and other non-ICT means (budget allocation for published materials recognizes this approach).  

3. Promote an understanding of gender-active women-led MSME policies and programmes. This will be measured by quoting to participants of Workshop 2. that the ABAC 2018 APEC report noted, “Programs and policies that are gender-neutral are not sufficient to advance women-led MSMEs.” They will then be asked after Workshop 2 who amongst their colleagues who have not attended the workshop, will they share the information they have gained on how gender-active programmes and policies can positively influence MSME policies and programmes for women.  

4. Promote an understanding of the significance of sex-disaggregated and ethnic business data. We expect that some economies but not all will demonstrate their capacity and capability to collect this data in a timely way.  These measures will be reported through discussions of economy MSME strategies and progammes. 

Beneficiaries: There are two groups of primary beneficiaries.  The first are the policy professionals in the public and private sector who focus on working to support SME and MSME businesses. Within a COVID-19 economic environment, these policy professionals are increasingly concentrating their efforts to ensure new and ongoing investments are supportive and responsive to the needs of women-led MSMEs who face greater challenges to succeed as business-owners. They include 1. policy professionals in the public and private sector who focus on supporting SME and MSME businesses; including officials at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Enterprise; Global Women NZ; NZ banking sector - Westpac NZ: Women of Influence; ANZ and BNZ NZ – SME Business Groups 

In a region that expects the impacts of COVID-19 to be longer-lasting than first anticipated, increasingly tailored supports that more closely match the needs of different communities of people are being developed. Women-led MSMEs are not a homogeneous group.  As in all economies, different groups of women experience differently the outcomes of their economies.  Factors such as ethnicity, indigeneity, age and disability can make more unequal, those outcomes.

Invitations to participate in this project, specifically Workshop 2, will be made directly indigenous and diverse women-led MSME leaders, beginning with the women who are Case Studies, and will also be extended to Maori women and Pacific women and diverse women business professionals in academia and the private sector. We expect these invitations to include and not be limited to; Victoria University of Wellington School of Business and Government; University of Auckland; FOMA; MWDI, Public Policy Institute; Federation of Maori Authorities; Maori Women’s Development Incorporation; Pacific Business Trust, and SUPERdiverse WOMEN. 

We expect the indigenous and diverse women who agree to participate in the case studies of this project, and the groups of women they are representative of, will also be beneficiaries of this project. Information and narratives presented by women ‘who look and sound like them’, are highly regarded as persuasive influencers of positive change. Providing opportunities for ‘groups’ of indigenous and diverse women to ‘virtually’ participate /observe proceedings of Workshop 2, will be explored with the Case Study participants and the networks they are connected to, is the basis of our budget request for ‘specialized equipment’.

Dissemination

The key publication from the project will be the Project Report, an electronic publication on the APCE website and the New Zealand Ministry for Women website. It will document the case studies and where appropriate will make policy and programme recommendations with respect to pre- and post-COVID interventions and long-term recovery approaches for MSMEs and in particular, indigenous and diverse women-led MSMEs. 

Leading up to this publication will be the 2 Workshops that New Zealand will host, drawing attention to the specific issues of women-led MSMEs and the availability or not, of data to support responsive policies and programmes. Again, summaries and overviews of the workshops will be made available on the New Zealand Ministry for Women website. Where possible, we will seek to have appropriate website links to the economies that nominate the women who provide the case-studies and directly to the women and their business work websites. 

Target audiences for this project will have specific distributions of the reports and case study publications. They include 1. policy professionals in the public and private sector who focus on supporting SME and MSME businesses; including officials at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Enterprise; Global Women NZ; Westpac NZ – Women of Influence; BNZ NZ – SME Business Sector; 2. Maori and gender-focused business professionals in academia and private sector; Waikato University Maori Business – Te Hononga-a-Kiwa, Victoria University of Wellington School of Business and Government; Auckland University Public Policy Institute; Federation of Maori Authorities; Maori Women’s Devlopment Incorporation; Poutama Trust; Whariki Maori Business Network. 

All outputs will be publicly available through the New Zealand Ministry for Women government website: https://women.govt.nz. 

There is no intention to sell any outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Because the project has a focus on the business policies and programmes of economies, it is already likely to include men who are involved in the day to day policy setting of their respective economy’s MSME sector.  We expect their ongoing participation and engagement will be supported through their economy’s participation in the PPWE forum. The project commits to ensuring that at least 30% of participants to workshops are men and at least 1 of 5 or 3 of 10 guest/lead speakers will be men. 

The project outputs and outcomes benefit women by describing the MSME policies of economies and how they directly support women-led MSMEs.  This project will address the PPWE’s five pillars impacting women’s economic participation, by seeking to understand how policy professionals in the public and private sector can assist and improve opportunities for women to have: i. access to Capital and Assets; ii. access to Markets; iii. Skills, Capacity Building and Health; iv. Leadership, Agency and Voice; v. Innovation and Technology. The indigenous and diverse women-led business leaders who will share their experiences, we expect will have contributions and understandings to share under each of these pillars. We expect that groups of indigenous and diverse women-led MSMEs will benefit from the project by drawing attention to any specific interventions they identify have impacted them and highlighting responses that have benefitted them. 

The PO is committed to collect sex-disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only those funded by APCE) at each project event.  This data will be included when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat upon completion of the project, as well as providing guidance to future POs on their own gender parity targets.

Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

March 2021

1. Baseline information & practices (drawing on ABAC 2018 MSME local economy reports)

- gather NZ MSME policy and data

- Malaysia meeting

    + prepare discussion FAQ sheet

    + confirm meeting date

    + negotiate /confirm agenda

- Jan/Feb 2021 meetings with MY

- Report of meeting

    + prepare evaluation q’s

    + MSME FAQ sheets

March – April 2021

2. Prepare - Workshop 1

- invite participant economies policy and government advisors who have indigenous business programmes and policies and gender business programmes and policies

- confirm meeting date

- prepare, share agenda

- share NZ and MY MSME FAQ sheets

- 22nd March Invitations with Agenda

- Early April completion of Event Attendance List;

3. Begin recruitment of Contractor

April 2021

4. Host - Workshop 1

April 28 & 30 (tbc)

- attendees: policy and government advisors

- Evaluation survey: Outcome.1 and Outcome. 4 surveyed

1.   Virtual Workshop #1

May 2021

5. Report  - Workshop 1

- share report of workshop

- register economies MSME FAQ sheets

- register economies who can facilitate connections to indigenous and diverse women who lead MSME businesses

6. Appoint Contractor to complete case-study related tasks (7, 8, below)

- contract officially signed

June 2021

7. Register economies who agree to provide case-studies on indigenous or diverse women-led MSMEs

- pre-test and finalise interview questions

July  - September  2021

8. Document case studies 7-9

- international facilitation

- conduct interviews

- edit /feedback with participants

- visuals

- prepare to APEC Publication Guidelines

- Evaluation survey- Outc. 3 surveyed with case study participants

1.  APEC Project Monitoring Report submitted by PO before 20 September

2.   International Case Studies Report

3.   APEC Project Monitoring Report

October - November 2021

10. Prepare – Workshop 2

- 1 October: invite participant economies

  + accommodation for non-member participant case study women

   + ensure key themes and speakers have been notified

   + determine if the Workshop will be hosted over 2 days: 2.5hrs p.day

- confirm December workshop meeting date(s)

- prepare, share agenda

- Early Nov completion of Event

Attendance List (note 

- share case study information

December 2021

11. Host – Workshop 2

Dec 1 & 3 (tbc)

- Evaluation survey: Outc.1 followed up and Outc.3 surveyed with W/shop participants

4.   Virtual Workshop #2

December 2021 - January 2022

12. Report – Workshop 2

- share report of workshop

- with consent, share information and reports on NZ Ministry for Women website

March – June 2022

13. Project Report

- prepare to APEC Publication Guidelines

- submit 1 May 2022

- accepted

5.   Project Report

August 2022

14. APEC Project Completion Report - submit 31 August 2022

6.   APEC Project Completion Report

June 2023

14. Participation in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat

Risks

Working in a virtual environment across different time zones may affect participation; participation may prove challenging for some economies and participants and meetings may become too long and unwieldly for a virtual environment. Constantly reviewing our virtual practices and ensuring all virtual events are recorded so that they can be reviewed at a later time are measures we will take to mitigate these risks. 

There is a risk that economies are unable to support the project by recruiting and/or engaging with indigenous and or diverse women-led MSME businesses to participate in the building of case-studies that exemplify the experiences of these women in COVID-19 environments. The New Zealand Ministry for Women has solid APEC relationships to follow directly with the sponsoring economies and considers this key risk can be managed appropriately. 

Although we expect to draw heavily on the ABAC 2018 MSME report, the development of an economy’s MSME policy FAQ sheet may prove to be too time consuming and require a level of detail and cross-fora authorization that we have been unable to account for.  We will review this issue after our Baseline information is established with Malaysia.  If we assess these FAQ sheets to be too resource intensive to compile, we will draw directly on the information provided by economies at the 2020 PPWE1 Meeting – ‘Gender economy responses to COVID-19’ as the basis from which to consider drawing our case study participants from.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Evaluation Focus

Indicators

Target Goals

Evaluation Method

Reporting

Outputs

1.   Virtual Workshop 1 – 28 & 30 April 2021

(tbc)

1.   Contracted executed

8 Feb 2021

Certification by PO

Contract

2.   No. of experts engaged

Men/women

5

1/4

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

3. No. of attending economies

15

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

4.   No. of travel eligible economies

8

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

5.   % of participating men/women

30/50

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

6. Content developed and deployed

28 Feb. 2021

Certification by PO

Contract

2.      7-9 International Case Studies

Report

1. Contractor engaged

May 2021

Certification by PO

Contract

2.   Case Study participants engaged

June 2021

CertifIcation by PO

Contract

3.    Case Studies documented

August 2021

Certifcation by PO

Contract

4.    Case Studies Report completed

Sept 2021

Ceritifcation by PO

Contract

3.      Virtual Workshop #2 – Dec 1 & 3 2021 (tbc)

1.     No. of experts engaged

Men/Women

10

3/7

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2.     No. of attending economies

16

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

3.   No. of travel eligible economies

6

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

4.   % of participating men/women

30/50

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

5.   Content developed and deployed

1 Oct 2021

Certification by PO

Completion Report

3.   Project Report

12. No. of pages

=60

Feb 2022

Certification by PO

Email to the Secretariat

13. Submission to the Secretariat

March 2022

Submission to the Secretariat

Email to the Secretariat

Outcomes

1.   Raised awareness of contents of MSME policies and data that support i. women, ii. support indigenous women and iii. diverse women

1.     % of govt policy professionals as participants in W/shop1 report substantial knowledge increase

75%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Report to Working Group

2.    % of participants in Workshop 2 report substantial knowledge increase

75%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

3.   developing APEC economies report substantial knowledge increase

25%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

4.   women report substantial knowledge increase

33%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

2.     Economies that contributed Case Study participants have raised awareness of gender differences and diversity in business

1.    Implementation of changed positive practices identified from the project by economies

2021- 2022

Tracking economies six months after event

Report to Working Group and Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects

% of case-study economies report substantial knowledge increase

60%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report


Linkages

This project sits alongside the SMEWG priority area - Inclusive business ecosystem that supports SME growth, the ABAC 2018 MSMEs Report, Chapter 6. Women-led MSMEs in Trade: Still at the Starting Point, the 2020 Accelerating Women-owned Businesses in E-Commerce across APEC, and the recently concluded Global Arrangement on Trade and Gender. It will have a focus on practical applications for and with women-led MSMEs with the added differential experiences of indigenous and diverse women.

We intend to engage public and private sector partners across APEC, to identify what they are doing to enhance opportunities and understanding of women-led MSME experiences with an emphasis on the impacts of COVID-19 on the MSME sector, and how inclusive practices in business leadership, business processes and opportunities can be better tailored to meet the different needs of different groups of business women.

This project also builds on current developments and thinking across PPWE’s work to advance an Implementation Plan for the La Serena Roadmap, and the ongoing work of the Women and the Economy Dashboard.

The comparative advantage of APEC as a source of funding is its success as an economic focused forum based on being consensus driven, collaborative in its actions and its ability to draw together through each of its member economies, a wide range of cultures, languages and religions. In other parts of the world these differences are ‘divides’. Responses that proactively target women and draw on the strengths of APEC’s work with the public and private sectors are also why it is best placed as a source of funds for this project.

Sustainability

Gender discrimination and its effects are far-reaching, often deeply embedded in the economic practices of economies and strongly aligned to traditional economic management practices.  The unprecedented interruptions of COVID-19 have and continue to, strongly challenge these practices. Differential treatments and responses are increasingly being demanded as gender-mainstreaming and gender-centred approaches are being tried and tested within the Asia-Pacific region. 

New Zealand has a long-term commitment to ensure gender and ethnic and indigenous inequities that existed before COVID will be lessened and mitigated as we go forward. This project builds an international component to the lessons we want to share with other economies, while at the same time, grow our own understanding and learning from our APEC partners, to enrich and increase business opportunities for our own MSME indigenous and diverse women-led businesses. 

The Ministry for Women leads the New Zealand government’s work programme on reporting on international gender issues. The outcomes listed in Q.5 above already serve as components of the Ministry’s annual work programme. Reporting these matters more formally and sharing these reports more widely, including to appropriate APEC fora, will be instigated as a result of this project. The Project Overseer has extensive experience as a principal advisor with the Ministry and a strong record of delivery on long-term (up to 2 years) and short-term (less than a year) projects that have extensive inter-sectional impacts across different agencies, both public and private, and with those that hold a business focus, are focused on Maori development, diversity groups of New Zealand, and are women focused. As a Maori women with a Master in Public Policy, embedding systemic changes that acknowledge the differential impacts of different policies on different groups of women, are a focus of her work at the Ministry.

Project Overseers

The project Overseer is Riripeti Reedy, NZ PPWE Co-Chair, Principal Policy Analyst, Ministry for Women – Riripeti.Reedy@women.govt.nz. 

Other key contacts are: Meredith Lawry, Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry for Women – Meredith.Lawry@women.govt.nz. 

Rebecca Barnes-Clarke, International Policy Director, Ministry for Women – Rebecca.Barnes-Clarke@women.govt.nz; 

Tamsin Royson, Manager APEC Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Tamsin.Royson@mfat.govt.nz.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The total project has been estimated at 1,000 hours.  The Ministry for Women is committed to undertake this project and has set aside 300 hours for an independent contractor to facilitate and develop between 7-9 international case studies of indigenous and diverse women who lead their own MSME businesses and to narrate their experiences as business leaders and the impacts COVID-19 has had on them and their businesses. The contractor tasks have been assessed as:

9 Case Studies

Task

% of total

TOTAL: 33hours

@ 33hours per Case Study

1. Recruit participants and gather consents (follow leads from W/Shop 1 with PO)

15% = 4.95hrs

28.05hrs

2. Conduct Interview; write-up interviews; review with interviewee; confirm write-up; explore how interviewee will connect and participate in Workshop2 and what support might be needed

25% = 8.25hrs

19.8hrs

3. Gather appropriate video/picture materials of interviewee and their business

25% = 8.25hrs

11.55hrs

4. produce Draft Case Study for print and digital media publications – ensure APEC Publish Guidelines are met

20% = 6.6hrs

4.9hrs

5. Final International Case Studies (print) Report submitted and accepted by PO

15% = 4.9hrs

FULL Case Study allocated hours =33


Waivers

Amount sought = $10,000. Speaker’s honorarium (government officials ineligible) Speaker/presenters will be indigenous and diverse women who lead or manage MSME businesses.  We are expecting them to participate on both days of Workshop 2, as individual presenters and as panel members. Their participation is expected to be for the whole of the workshops = 5 hours in total.  We would expect them as experts over their businesses to contribute their valuable and expert insights and reflections over their experiences during this pandemic and to contribute to new and tailored solutions to support the inclusive growth of MSMEs generally and those for women and different groups of women specifically.

2. Amount Sought = $3,500. International Virtual Attendance Workshop 2 (please describe) Our own NZ experience of COVID suggests women and MSMEs are increasingly, finding it difficult to access and share timely and appropriate information, either through webinars or on-line meeting platforms.  Some of this is related to costs of internet connectivity, costs of on-line /webinar registrations, having appropriate band-width to connect and, or having the correct devices.  It also relates to MSMEs owner/managers recognizing that time away from the business is ‘earnings-lost time’ – making staff and business development investments are now a low priority. In a wider Asia-Pacific context we already understand that internet connectivity, which is unevenly experienced across economies, is a critical aspect of MSME business viability and ongoing development.

We envisage that in developing the Case Studies we will be asking these business women how they and their staff /family involved in supporting their business might be assisted to participate in Workshop 2.  We have seen where businesses stop and view an online presentation on a ‘hired monitor’, and organize themselves to gather and are supported to connect with a local business IT person. It is this type of inclusive ‘international virtual attendance’ that we are seeking funding for.

We note that under the budget item Travel for Participants – there is the pre-requisite that this is available for Active participants only. We have therefore amended this application to acknowledge the critical support that this group of mainly women and family members of the women-led business owners provide to the MSME /SME sectors.

It is in respect of making available and sharing information and different ways of working, into the communities of these women-led businesses that this project can support the connectivity of indigenous and diverse women-led MSME business women and their business staff and family and networks to participate in our Workshop 2. We are unclear if this money will be required, but anticipate that connecting community and business groups of indigenous and diverse women to join Workshop 2 will be a positive aspect of encouragement for all economies, especially at the local level. We consider this is a justifiable expense.

3. Travel for Participants = $3,500  This amended budget item recognizes Case Study Interviewees who will participate in Workshop 2 as individual contributors and panelists. Their device connectivity, appropriate band-width access and IT support will be considered as part of this funding. 

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Project No.

Project Title

Project Status

Publication (if any)

Fund Account

Sub-fund

Project Year

Project Session

APEC Funding

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

Sponsoring Forum

Topics

Committee

Other Fora Involved

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

Proposing Economy(ies)

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Expected Start Date

Expected Completion Date

Project Proponent Name 1

Job Title 1

Organization 1

Postal Address 1

Telephone 1

Fax 1

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