Project Title

Connectivity Platform to Promote STI Cooperation in APEC Region on Different Levels 

Project Year

2020   

Project Number

PPSTI 04 2020 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPSTI 04 2020 

Project Title

Connectivity Platform to Promote STI Cooperation in APEC Region on Different Levels 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2020 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

30,000 

Total Project Value

130,000 

Sponsoring Forum

APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) 

Topics

Science and Technology 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Chile 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; China; Indonesia; Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/05/2021 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2022 

Project Proponent Name 1

Sharapiya Kakimova 

Job Title 1

Coordinator, Sub-Direction of Networks, Strategy and Knowledge 

Organization 1

National Agency for Research and Development 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(56-2) 24354342 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

skakimova@anid.cl 

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

Sharapiya Kakimova 

Project Summary

The project seeks to develop an on-line platform to strengthen cooperation in APEC regions by connecting regional stakeholders in STI (decentralized actors mainly), through identifying their natural and socio-economic advantages (NSEAs), as potential sites/themes for STI cooperation in order to create greater socio-economic growth in the region.  

The on-line platform includes the following:

1. Data collection on decentralized stakeholders in economies and capitalization on scientific potential of their NSEAs and the technological and economic spillovers they may create.

2. Development of strategy to promote cooperation between stakeholders and support design of collaborative frameworks for policy strategies to promote the long-term scientific, social, and economic benefits of their advantages.

3. Promotion of opportunities for research collaboration, studies, etc. within the region and creation of safe digital space for networks building. 

The project provides equal access to multiple participants from the region and beyond, and by doing so it seeks to maximize STI impact on society in general and minimize differences between economies.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: APEC offers cooperation and opportunities to build connections between the economies. However, SOMs are usually assisted by representatives of ministerial-level officials focusing dialogue on economy-to-economy cooperation. So, it is difficult to ensure that regional/local actors (like municipalities, regional universities, etc.) can fully contribute to the dialogue and discussion within the foras. The project, although incorporates economy-wide actors (ministries, etc.), provides greater opportunities for smaller local actors to search for possible cooperation within APEC region and to share their advances in socio-economic and natural sphere with other actors of APEC region. Therefore, there is a need to advance in greater inclusion of decentralized actors in the regional economy and develop greater interlinkages between economies at all levels and create greater impact of STI results on society. APEC economies have addressed decentralization and its importance over several years and in different areas, starting with 1994 APEC Environment Ministerial, and lately at 2004 APEC Education Ministers´ Meeting. Finance Ministers in 2001 underlined that cooperation through usage of unique characteristics and comparative advantages of each member economy is one of the ways to achieve APEC´s goals and to develop policy initiatives. Nowadays, it is an important mechanism for economic cooperation and development in the region. The project seeks to identify uniqueness of each locality/region within a certain economy and by doing so, promote each economy´s group of advantages to the APEC region as a whole. The importance of platform development for technical cooperation was highlighted at 2010 Leaders´ meeting and was supported by the region in general and through different foras from there on. The project seeks to set up a digital platform of centralized (ministerial or similar level) and decentralized (local governments, local actors like universities, research centers or companies that concentrate their business on certain territory) actors to raise regional cooperation level with the focus on unique characteristics of each economy and its local territories. It is believed that decentralization comes with economic development as economic growth is accompanied by an increase both in urbanization and a greater degree of local administrative capacity improvements (Bahl &Linn, 1992). By providing platform for decentralized actors, the project focuses on build capacity of local actors through connecting them to a global actors and exploring possibilities for greater integration and development. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project is directly linked to four GPA Priorities for 2020: (1) Integration 4.0 through building connectivity network within the region; (2) Digital Society and Inclusive Economic Participation through Digital Economy and Technology, and (3) Women, SMEs and Inclusive Growth by building digital network and including decentralized actors within the network; (4) Driving Innovation for Sustainable Growth by proving opportunities for development of strategy for cooperation and using eco-friendly mechanisms. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This innovative project will address the disparity of participation of decentralized actors related to STI in each economy, by setting forward a platform that will provide visibility to the work of different actors at different levels and in various fields of member economies. It will also seek cooperation, expertise and experience sharing between the economies allowing broad capacity building across the region. The online platform will be inclusive and accessible to the public, where information and best practices will be shared. Actors can subscribe and expose their work and findings as well, building a community and sharing opportunities for economic cooperation.  It will also underline unique characteristics and comparative advantages of each territory and by doing so, it allows indirectly promote those characteristics and provide space where users can learn about them in more details.  

The project is in line with APEC’s operational principles for capacity building goals as it has capacity building approach as a permanent element within the platform that will be based on needs and opportunities, driven and available, for various actors in the region. The platform use transparency of information and collaborative approach as well. As a short-term goal, the project will identify decentralized actors in each economy in a certain fields and their unique characteristics and develop the platform that will have a digital space for sharing expertise and experiences and providing opportunities to hold workshops and seminars with participation of actors across the region on equal opportunities and access. Digital platform of the events will allow covering broader audience and including disadvantaged population as well, thus, allowing expanding capacity building through the region. 

Objectives

The objective is to build a digital connectivity platform to promote STI cooperation in APEC region on different levels through building network between decentralized actors, developing a strategy to promote cooperation within the region and supporting the design of collaborative frameworks for long-term scientific, social, and economic benefits taking into account unique characteristics and comparative advantages of each territory.



Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project is in line with various APEC priorities, strategies, and statements:

(1) 2020 APEC Malaysia Priorities on (a) Digital Economy and Technology as the project uses digital approach to promote cooperation between economies.

(2) 1994 APEC Environment Ministerial, APEC Energy Overview 2001 and lately at 2019 APEC Education Ministers´ Meeting as the project addresses inclusion of decentralized actors.

(3) 2001 Finance Ministers´ Meeting as the project highlights cooperation through usage of unique characteristics and comparative advantages of each member economy as one of the ways to achieve APEC´s goals and to develop policy initiatives.

(4) APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025 as the project addresses institutional and people-to-people connectivity.

(5) APEC Chile 2019 priorities on (a) Women, SMEs and Inclusive Growth and on (b) Digital Society as the project in open to various actors from all economies and it is based on digital platform as a cooperation base.

Alignment – Forum: This project contributes directly to PPSTI goals and objectives, as its very core is to promote cooperation in STI between different stakeholders at each economy on different levels. The project also uses technological approach to promote cooperation and develop strategies to enhance STI collaboration between economies. In Policy Statement on Science, Technology, and Innovation Communication of PPSTI endorsed in 2017, it is mentioned that the fora seeks to foster sustainable, innovative, and inclusive growth. By providing digital platform and easy access mechanism for capacity building elements, the project promotes sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth, reinforcing research collaboration in new and existing areas.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

1) Online Platform: An online publicly available connectivity platform (website) to support regional actors (mainly decentralized ones) at each economy with underlining their unique characteristics and comparative advantages that could be used as important element for STI cooperation and for social and economic development of the region. Strategically, this product will increase visibility to the experiences, knowledge, expertise and interests of different actors within a certain economy that allows and provides tools to strengthen networking and it could contribute to the planning and/or development of complementary projects among actors across economies.

The Platform will have information on at least five (5) actors (mainly decentralized) from at least five (5) economies. The information will include centralized and decentralized actors, their main activities, their interest for collaboration, what opportunities for collaboration actors offers and what they seek in regional cooperation, what technologies/digital tools actors use, etc. PO with support from contractor will elaborate a questionnaire for interested actors to fill, so all information collected from different actors is comparable. The platform will analyze the information and draw recommendations for collaborations.  The platform will be interactive that will allow users to see several actors in certain area and/or search information depending on area of interest. Through this information, the Platform will give recommendations for possible cooperation between different actors providing information on on-going cooperation and/or on possible cooperation through connectivity lines. The platform will also offer opportunities for webinars for the subscribed actors. The tool will be functional and at least two (2) test webinars will be conducted between at least two (2) actors from at least two (2) economies before the end of the project execution period.

The idea is to associate it with APEC´s platform for better and broader use. If not possible, it will be hosted in ANID´s homepage or other alternative that can be found. The platform will have a brief page “About” where platform´s objectives, areas, potential users, etc., will be explained. There will not necessarily be best practices, but rather stakeholders/actors – platform will have a map, where users can visualize stakeholders in each economy/region, their brief topics of interest, existing cooperation with other platform´s stakeholders 8connection through arrows maybe or something similar), etc. Information will also be connected to the stakeholder´s website for more information. If necessary, the interest areas can be expanded further.

Registered stakeholders will be seen in a political map vision and the platform will suggest connections between users once one stakeholder/user identifies his/her area of interest. The platform will have installed automatic counting of users and female users through questions for the first comers in order to generate statistics for general user numbers and female users. The platform not only offers space to connect, but also will have incorporated a video seminar tools within and have agenda of events.

The platform to be created will have be more attractive in terms of design (development team has to have a designer included), it also will be available for cellphones. It will hopefully adapt some APIs from existing website with data and also count some statistics for users and for female users.

The platform is planned to be analyzed year by year and the subjects to follow should be decided by the project board (to be selected). The primary idea to focus effort on disasters of natural origin and water resource management, two areas that are covered by previous Chile´s PPSTI APEC projects, so to give continuity of what have been done thus far. With the pandemic, the focus can also be expanded to health sciences, especially considering that PPSTI already started to collect Covid-19 related initiatives across the economies. The official language of the platform will be English (and possibly in Spanish) in order to reach a greater number of visitors. ‘

2)  Public Engagement Strategy: The purpose of the document is to ensure that the platform is known within economies by the related public and to encourage participation in the platform from the relevant actors. The document will start with a justification of the strategy by providing examples on how it can be used and why it is beneficial for the actors to be a part of it, and also will provide general steps/activities with a timeline to encourage participation. For example, it can be open seminars for public, use of social media, presentations in SOMs or other meetings in participating economies, etc.

3) Final Report of the Project: A document that will include the performance of the first year of the project (i.e, its evaluation regarding objectives accomplished, risks faced, work plan, etc.), case of studies, and future expected on phase 2 and 3 of this project (mostly focusing on incorporating new areas into the platform). The document will contain a summary of the process, the significant findings of the implementation process and a compilation of experience in Platform establishment and test run. It will also include the commitments for the continuity of the Platform. This publication will aim of reaching different interested publics, with an intended minimum of page of 20. PO, supported by one of the contractor, will be the author of the final report. The report will be distributed within PPSTI and other relevant APEC foras (to be contacted through Chile´s APEC representatives), platform´s users, some potential stakeholders to be identifies by PPSTI counterparts. The report will also be published as APEC publication to provide access to broader audience.

Outcomes:

1)  Better cooperation within APEC region on all levels allowing different decentralized actors in one economy connect with an actor from another economy to pursue similar interests. The platform will measure number of participants (active with registration and passive who only attend some public events), number of meetings/events hold using platform. It is estimated that with time passing those numbers should grow proportionally.

2)  Contribution to combat global challenges through local cooperation as different provinces at each economy face different challenges that might not be priorities for central authorities. This outcome will also be measured by analyzing number of cooperation activities between different local actors at different economies and also by area of interest.

3) Better visibility of needs, challenges and advantages of local territories to central authorities across the region through information display of several decentralized actors.

4) Better use of singularities and comparative advantages of each territory for STI cooperation and overall social and economic development of the territory and the APEC region as a whole through information available on the platform.

5) Visibility of good initiatives that are replicable and could be a contribution to the planning and development of individual or collective initiatives that promote the cooperation within the region between different actors. This will be made through their publication on the website (online platform), which will provide opportunities for different users to connect with interested registered actors and explore opportunities for cooperation. This cooperation can involve new initiatives as well as on-going ones, thus broadening level of involvement and expertise between different actors allowing building capacities across the region.

6) Promotion of inter-sectoral and multi-sectoral collaboration of different actors. The project considers collaboration between different actors and sectors that will be key to promote the network development through the platform. At first, possible cooperation between two areas of the platform will be considered through information available on the platform and through possible events/activities that platform can generate.

7) Increase awareness of the existing STI related actors within the region by publication of relevant information on them and on their interests, challenges, strategies and plans. This can contribute to implementation of successful strategies by different actors in different economies.

8) Increase female participation from different economies in international initiatives through encouraging/searching of possible female users for the Platform and through connecting/promoting the Platform with initiatives/websites/platforms that are focused particularly on women in STEM and women in STI in general.

9) Creation of an interactive space for APEC economies through available information and on-line activities space for interaction. Considering recent COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on travel in many economies, this technical tool provides equal opportunities for cooperation for actors with different level of financial resources.

Beneficiaries: The project seeks benefit most of the economies of APEC, especially those that will be represented within the Platform by exposing information on relevant stakeholders in public and private sectors and academia and providing them space and opportunities for cooperation.  

Primary beneficiaries are the Platform user, especially those registered ones as they will benefit from stronger and better cooperation as a whole on regional and local levels. They can be:

1. Local bodies of science, technology and innovation as they will have tribune to expose their initiatives, challenges and interests and be able to connect as a low cost and efforts with a relevant actors/stakeholders in other economy;

2. Relevant stakeholders/actors, like research centres, private companies, other relevant institutions that will register and also that can use platform for acquiring information on opportunities for cooperation.

3.  Relevant academic experts and researchers from public or private universities/institutions/research centers related to the areas would be able to show their research and have more case studies to focus on.

Once the online platform is active, other researchers, decision makers, companies, agencies from public and private sector will also be able to benefit from it. One of the main element of the platform is its equal opportunity it provides for different actors across the region. So, secondary beneficiaries would be:

4.  Governmental entities (ministries, councils, others) related to STI in general and to a certain topic in particular as representatives of economies. The Platform will provide opportunities for experience sharing and learning and tools to develop and/or deepen cooperation in a certain area and with a certain actors in a certain economy.

5. Private companies, including SMEs, related to the fields that can benefit from information sharing and opportunities to seek partners from different economies.

6.  Funding agencies of science, technology, innovation, as they will be able to analyze existing initiatives across the regions and see whether cooperation can be developed/strengthen through offering funding opportunity.

7. General public, especially in decentralized territories, as they will see benefits of cooperation generated through the use of platform and its tools. 

Dissemination

All information will be public and free access for those with internet connection. The basic elements for the Platform use will be free of charge. However, in case some additional tools like translation, invitation of a certain speaker, etc., are required, there might be fees applied to cover those items. To decrease/eliminate these possible additional costs of the platform´s run, PO may consider their inclusion in possible continuation of the project through request for APEC funding (phase 2 and/or 3 of the project). 

The information generated in this project and its outputs are destined for APEC economies, to contribute to decision-making and increase knowledge about the initiatives developed in their respective economies to promote cooperation between different actors, especially decentralized, within APEC economies and provide opportunities to generate/strengthen STI projects. In addition, the Platform aims to increase the knowledge that exists about the implementation of STI initiatives within public in different economies.

Additionally, the Platform will seek to use social media that exists in each economy of APEC and other associated networks interested in disseminating the contents available.

Communication remains the key feature of managing a geographically dispersed group of people, which has not permanently face-to-face contact, as this project’s participants distributed across the Asia-Pacific region. 

National Agency for Research and Development of Chile (ANID) will oversee the communication management, to keep up the motivation levels of team members from different cultures and time zones, aiming to facilitate document-sharing, exchange of information, real-time online discussions and close monitoring of the project’s activities progress. The major communication and dissemination processes for the platform (possibly Engagement Strategy if needed and other relevant documents). include: 

. Use of local networking. ANID as important actors on economies level related to STI will use its local networking for dissemination.

. Use of international networking. Dissemination through ANID´s international collaborators and network, as Global Research Council, APEC PPSTI and other related foras, embassies, etc.

.  Optimizing electronic means of communication by collecting contact data for relevant actors: e-mail, website, etc.

. Time zone management. This is crucial for communicating with partners located in APEC economies where significant time differences exist and thus different working schedules. The Platform will provide information on time zone for each member economy.

. Communication planning. The information on first test run of on-line seminars will be distributed among different members to kick off the Platform and demonstrate its utilities, so potential actors can be interested in using the Platform in the future.

. Information distribution: making required information available to potential users of the Platform and stakeholders in a timely fashion.

. Dissemination of project´s Final Report will be through the online platform and ANID´s website. In addition, Final Report will be an APEC publication.

The major focus of the dissemination actions will be to ensure that the project’s outcomes are widely disseminated to the appropriate target communities, at appropriate times, via appropriate channels, and that those can contribute to the sustainability of its outcomes. Communication materials will comply with APEC Publications, IP and Logo Guidelines. For development of the project online platform, the APEC Website Guidelines will be applied.

NB. All publications of the results will be electronically only.

Gender

The project addresses four of five criteria of economic empowerment for women:

1. Access to markets as it provides opportunity for women to showcase their products/innovative ideas/services through the platform.

2. Skills, capacity building, and health, as the platform may offer different events activities and opportunities for enriching skills of its users, including female users.

3. Leadership, voice, and agency, as female users will have access to contribute to the platform as professionals and researchers of the relevant fields and will have equal opportunities to lead initiatives and cooperation that activities can lead to. 

4. Innovation and technology, as women will have the same opportunities as men to benefit from the platform and all opportunities it may present.

The project encourages participation of women and seeks information of female actors/stakeholders at different levels in different economies to ensure female representation at the Platform (at least 20% of all listed actors independently from economy and level origins as two of the potential topics for the platform to start with, unfortunately, are male dominated). In concrete terms, as listed in monitoring and evaluation part: 20% of registered users, i.e. 6 registered female users during first year and from 1000 or more visits in the first year, about 200 visits are sought to be by women’. PO is committed to collect sex-disaggregated data for all stakeholders/actors that will register in the Platform by territories represented and economy wide. The platform registered users will actually fill special form where gender is one of the field. For general users, the platform will seek gender question before proceeding to main page, so there is a register of female and male 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 own gender parity targets. This methodology will allow demonstrate the level of women engagement in STI initiatives in different economies and at different levels that may allow further more to stimulate participation of female actors/stakeholders in STI initiatives across the region. The platform will try to encourage/promote female participation by publishing sex disaggregated data of its users and also by providing advice to female stakeholders for possible cooperation. In news/opportunities section there will be also publications of personal stories of female users.

Work Plan

Time

Activity

Delivarables

May - June 2021

Initiate planning and draft TOR for contractors for a) platform design and development; and b) data collection and public engagement strategy The first contractor will be in charge of recollecting information on stakeholders/actors from different economies and at different levels, analyzing all actors in defined areas and their interests/challenges, etc. The contractor will also prepare database of stakeholders/actors for its use in the development of the Platform. The second contractor will be in charge of development of Platform itself.

TOR for contractors

May – June 2021

Identification of priority area(s) for the Platform (examples: disasters of natural origins, water resources management, deserts, etc.)

At least 2 areas are defined (disasters of natural origin, water resource management)

1 October 2021

Submission of APEC Project Monitoring Report (MR)

APEC Project Monitoring Report

July – August 2021

Experts and/or institutions to be sought for contractual purposes in order to generate greater impact of the project.

Signed contracts with experts and/or expert institutions in the areas.

August – September 2021

Planning and undertake search for possible stakeholders/actors and identify required information on each stakeholder/actor for the Platform. Co-sponsoring economies to be contacted first in order to generate greater interest in participation from the economies.

Draft list of data required for the Platform on each actor

September – December 2021

Data collection and public engagement strategy: identification of decentralized actors in each economy and their unique characteristics/comparative advantages; online consultations with APEC economies. Development of public engagement strategy.

Draft of Public Engagement Strategy

September – December 2021

The Platform design and development

Platform Mock-Up

January 2022

On-line consultations with economies on the platform design and actors represented

February 2022

Platform kick off. Final report sent to APEC PPSTI for endorsement and once approved circulated broadly

February – March 2022

Two test run workshops between at least two different economies take place

Two on-line events take place

March - April 2022

The Platform is running and public engagement strategy is in place

31 March 2022

Submission of APEC Project Monitoring Report (MR)

APEC Project Monitoring Report

March - April 2022

On-line consultation with economies on the Platform and final adjustments of the Platform and next steps

April 2022

Elaboration of received comments and report finalization

Draft final report

1 May 2022

The drafting, submission and endorsement of the Final report   all supporting documents to the Secretariat for endorsement

APEC Project Completion Report

August 2022

Submission of the APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to APEC Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

June 2023

Participation in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat, as required by all APEC funded projects.

Risks

As a knowledge-oriented action, this project has a low risk to not achieving its goals. However, the organizers are aware that despite the potential benefits of project, success is not guaranteed and issues outside the immediate influence of ANID can arise that may constrain the effective development of the project and future exploitation of its outputs. To this regard, the project management team is responsible for taking appropriate, realistic and effective actions within the work plan. A preliminary contingency plan is briefly described in the following table presenting overall risks related to the project and the respective contingency actions foreseeable at this stage.

Risk description

Preventive/Contingency actions

Not having enough stakeholders/actors interested to be subscribed in the Platform.

The sponsoring economies are part of the key informants, likewise information requests will be sent to the network of key actors of ANID locally and internationally. Additionally, experts in the defined areas will be consulted, and by means of the information method "snowball" will be sought to reach a higher number of actors can be part of the Platform.

Too many actors from non-prioritized fields presented

If there are several actors of non-prioritized areas (areas that platform does not cover at the first stage) that are willing to be a part of the Platform, PO will have to adjust work-plan for in such a way that can accommodate in the nearest future these actors in an organized way and allow deepening of multisector and multidimensional initiatives.

Poor interest within economies in the areas of the Platform

In case there is a little interest in the areas that platform will focus on within economies, platform will seek to showcase some actors and their activities to raise interest. Non interested economies will be invited to partake in some activities that might be of use for them. However, this risk should not be big as areas the platform will focus on like disasters on natural origin and water resources are relevant to almost all economies of APEC:

Risk of loss of interest during implementation and once project is completed

This risk is scarce in projects of collective interest, however, if it happens, it often seriously affects its development. In this case, the project has requested funding for one year, but it is expected to be extended for at least 3 years. For this reason, the creation of a board for this project it is foreseen, with at least 2 of the supporting APEC economies participating, in order to minimize the risk of loss of interest. In addition, a plan for the dissemination of strategic products is established from the start, as well as permanent communication among the actors. The Platform will encourage development of agreements, to ensure continuity to the process once the commitment of financing has been finalized.

Overlapping risk

This risk is virtually possible given the growing, especially considering the present pandemic and the need to increase cooperation through digital and distance tools. Therefore, it is essential to have a far-reaching outreach and dissemination plan. One way to limit this risk is to make the information public and accessible to many people. This, at the same time, reduces the risk of not identifying other initiatives that are in execution but made invisible. The online platform facilitates connectivity between economies, but also their interests to a regional space.

"No show" risk.

This risk directly affects the realization of online workshops/events. In case a certain event is proposed by the platform user, the event might not attract as many participants as the original idea, so some actions have to be taken to ensure a minimum number of participation for public events. Most of events, though, does not require great number as they will be planned as a result of cooperation between different actors. Also, the Platform will suggest better times/dates, etc. for interested actors based on experience of APEC 2020 SOM 2 and SOM3. The time information at each location/economy will allow interested actors to better understand the dynamics and realities of their counterparts.

Changes in the general political objectives of the APEC

The project will adopt a flexible approach in order to adjust to different factors of importance to the implementation of the project, which are exogenous to the project itself. The project will allow a flexible framework for introducing changes if necessary. Permanent interaction with the PD and PPSTI members will enable the project to anticipate and take the appropriate solutions.

The Platform does not reach the appropriate stakeholders

The interaction and collaboration during the project with institutions involved in the platform( registered users) will facilitate the use of the Platform by various actors.

Participation of relevant stakeholders in project events is low

Although, most of the activities generated within the platform will be outcome of cooperation or show of interest between certain actors, there might be some events that a certain actor or group of actors would like to make public. In this case, it is important to ensure at least minimum participation. For that, the project will take advantage of the powerful networks, synergies with other APEC projects, fora and expertise in organizing participatory events to mobilize target audiences for scheduled on-line events, thus facilitating the expected participation. PO will take advantage of PPSTI's STI network and give priority to STI professionals as primary participants to the events.

Web site maintenance

ANID will be responsible to run the Platform for the first 2-3 years. Once this period is over, the following set of actions should be taken:

1.   To set a project board. This will be one of the task to perform during this project, that consist on forming a 3 board members, consisting on Chile and other 2 co-sponsoring APEC economies, that will agree on maintain and support the website once Chile support is over.

2.   Local networking: prioritized areas multi-sectorial board. To seek one or more board members to commit for the continuity and maintenance of the Platform.


Monitoring and Evaluation

While progress and impact can be provided through observation of increased number of cooperation activities between decentralized actors, the following indicators will be considered:

Category

Evaluation focus

Indicator

Target goals

Evaluation Method

Reporting

Output

Online Platform

Average number of website visits during the year.

1000 - 3000

To be counted automatically

Final Report

Average number of website visits during the year by women.

20% (200 – 600 visits)

To be counted automatically

Final report

Number of visits of the website during first three months and female proportion. 

Target value 200 visits with 20% of visits from female actors

to be counted automatically. Gender will be asked before entering to the platform.

Final report

Number of subscribers to online platform during first year

30

Registered records

Final Report

Number of economies represented during one year of the Platform functioning. The data will be uploaded by PO.

Target value 50% of economies (the project seeks to have data from at least 5 economies)

Registered records.

Final report

Number of actors engaged in cooperation activities undertaken between decentralized actors. Only registered participants will have access to data to arrange cooperation.

15% of listed actors in first year

Registered records

Final report, Platform

Number of activities (meetings, workshops, joint projects etc.) generated through platform use.

12 in a year

Registered records

Final report, Platform

Number of female subscribers to online platform in first six months. Each subscriber will have to fill a simple form where gender will be one of the fields.  

Target value 20% of total number of subscribers in the first year. To be increased in the following years

Registered records

Final report

Number of co-sponsoring APEC economies that subscribes agreement for cooperation as a result of the Platform use.

2

Registered records

Final report

Survey of satisfaction and assessment about the utility to the visitor during the first year of implementation.

50% of responses

Registered records

Final report

Output

Final Report

Report complete

100% by July 2022

Report submission

Final Report

Output

Visibility of good initiatives

Number of news updated in the website

Once per month till December 2022

Registered records

Final report

Outcome

Promotion of inter-sectoral and multi-sectorial collaboration

Number of the institutions that will attend to the on-line events

5

Registered record

Final report

Outcome

Availability of public information on prioritized areas

Number of initiatives published in the Platform

5 initiatives published by November 2022

Registered records

Final report

Outcome

A collective place of interaction between APEC economies.

Number of personal accounts created in the website

50 by December 2022

Registered records

Final report


Linkages

Once the platform is set up it can be used by different APEC and non-APEC-stakeholders directly or indirectly related to STI as projects provides opportunity for different actors to engage in different activities with different actors and in variety of fields. It can be used as a part of APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025. ABAC can also become an active member of the platform as well as other related APEC foras. The platform will identify strengths of each actors and thus build on their experiences (past projects, initiatives, etc.). The platform can also generate cooperation in different areas, like energy and food security, thus allowing cross for a cooperation within the region.

The Platform is aligned with the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) Statement on COVID-19 issued on 5 May 2020 that reaffirm commitment to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing generation of joint initiatives between economies that might lead into economic recovery of the region.

Also, the online platform will serve as a visibility tool that can be accessed freely and as academic content. Therefore, it can reach other actors such as Non-Profit Organizations, Schools and Educational Institutions.

APEC is a funding source that reaches a significant number of economies involved, this means that having its support and belonging to its project bank, guarantees to achieve initiatives from at least 21 world economies.

Also, this project is aligned with objectives of promoting global and inclusive economies that benefit all people.

The PPSTI042019 focuses on integrated water resource management. One of the suggested areas to be covered by the platform is water resource management. The platform will build on networks from PPSTI 042019 and invite all participants to register at the platform. When permissions are secured, the Platform will also showcase case studies collected through PPSTI042019 to give greater visibility and share knowledge in the area. The participants of the workshop of PPSTI072017A that focused on disasters of natural origin, the second area selected for the platform, will also be contacted and invited to register at the platform.

Sustainability

Once the APEC financing for the project is completed, it is expected that the Connectivity Platform and the economies involved will provide continuity through a collaboration protocol for the maintenance of the Platform, setting at least one global meeting per year and hopefully take turns to maintain the Platform. In addition, a project board with at least two of APEC supporting economies will be considered. The board will also  decide on new areas/subjects to be included. With pandemic started last year, this platform can actually serve many areas, including health sciences, especially considering that PPSTI started to collect Covid-19 related initiatives across the economies. The idea is to maintain the platform flexible and adoptable to the current needs. In general, though, the platform´s area will seek to be related to natural and socio-economic advantages.

The commitment will be to maintain the Platform for a period of 5 years, in which our economy could continue to monitor the process together with the leading economies of the Platform. As project leader, PO will make every effort to maintain the Platform and offer it as a visibility and dissemination place. Once the economies evaluate the need to dismantle the Platform, it will remain as a repository of accumulated experiences during the implementation process. Hopefully, after two-year management, the platform can be shifted to be managed by other economy. If not, Chile will maintain the Platform within PO´s organization or by a reliable actor, preferably decentralized one, within the economy to maintain the platform afloat.

Annually, evaluations and measurements will be made about the Platform functioning and activities realized (seminars and other on-line events) Likewise, the commitments of each actor will be reviewed in order to analyze its possible opportunities for cooperation with relevant actors in different economies. In the case of being necessary, making an escalation, economies may propose the project to other investment funds to maintain the website as a useful tool to all economies. The Platform will set its commitments, collaboration agreements and success indicators to ensure its continuity. If non economies are interested to maintain the platform, PO is willing to seek further funding from APEC or other funding sources, including funds from local actors (private or others).

Project Overseers

Sharapiya KAKIMOVA graduated from Kazakh State Polytechnic Institute in 1993 as a system engineer. She obtained a Master of Arts degree in the field of international relations and later her Ph.D. on Peace Studies from Hiroshima University with specific focus on public administration and its reform in post conflict contexts in general and in Afghanistan in particular.

She worked in various governmental institutions of Kazakhstan for six years and was responsible for external aid coordination. Dr. Kakimova has participated in many courses related to the international cooperation. She joined United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) twice as an Associate, in 2002 and in 2003, and has been a Training Assistant with UNITAR Hiroshima Office from January 2004 until January 2009, when she moved to Chile. From March 2011 to August 2013, Dr. Kakimova has been holding full time teaching position at Los Lagos University of Chile where she was giving lecture on International Relations Theory and responsible for the process of practice and graduation within the Faculty of Administrative and Political Sciences. In September 2013, Dr. Kakimova joined ANID (ex CONICYT), first with Scholarship Program and since March 2015 she formed part of International Cooperation Program were she is in charge of cooperation with Asia-Pacific Region and Americas. She has been focal point for APEC from February 2018 and have experience of managing APEC projects and concept notes. For this project, she will be working closely with relevant researchers (names to be confirmed) and relevant public and private organizations.

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