Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship – Creating a Gender-Responsive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Reporting Organization:ESCAP - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 13,900,000
Timeframe: March 28, 2018 - March 28, 2023
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

ESCAP - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Region - Total Budget Allocation

Oceania - $ 4,634,260.00 (33.34%)

East Asia - $ 4,632,870.00 (33.33%)

South Asia - $ 4,632,870.00 (33.33%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (60 %)

Gender Equality (40 %)

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The project aims to advance women’s economic empowerment and contribute to poverty reduction in the Asia-Pacific region (South Asia, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific). It is designed to address the particular challenges that women-owned micro, small and medium-sized enterprises face in growing their businesses, including access to finance and new technologies. It is designed to increase women’s access to capital through innovative financing mechanisms and women entrepreneurs’ use of business development services and financial technologies. The project supports the development of gender-responsive policies and programs for business development and investment. Project activities include: (1) technical assistance to support innovative financing mechanisms to develop targeted products for women entrepreneurs, including bonds, impact investment funds and financial technology platforms; (2) advisory support and capacity building for policymakers on regulatory frameworks for digital finance; (3) training for women entrepreneurs on using information and communications technologies to plan, manage and grow their businesses; and (4) training for policymakers on developing, implementing and monitoring gender-responsive entrepreneurship initiatives and developing enabling policy frameworks for innovative finance mechanisms.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased access to finance for women entrepreneurs through innovative financing approaches; (2) increased use of information and communication technologies by women entrepreneurs; and (3) strengthened enabling environment for the advancement of women entrepreneurs.

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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