APEC Multi-Year Project on Innovation for Women and Economic Development

Innovation for Women and Economic Development: Facilitating Women’s Livelihood Development and Resilience with ICTs (2013-2015)



The 3-year project

Over recent years, women have been regarded as the driving force for economic growth in the APEC region. In addition, increasing attention has focused on the role and potential of the emerging value-added services (VAS) of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a pathway to bridge the gender and economic development divide.

To build a holistic framework to address the pressing challenges for women to gain access to these new technologies and business opportunities for improving their livelihood, Taiwan proposed the “Innovation for Women and Economic Development: Facilitating Women’s Livelihood Development and Resilience with ICTs” project, a three-year undertaking funded by APEC and initiated by 14 member economics including Taiwan, the United States and Indonesia.

The project aim at promoting awareness of women’s needs on ICT, disseminating pertinent experiences on women business using ICT, and addressing common impediments and collaborate public-private partnership. The work plans are as follows:

Phase 1: Establishing a PPPN (public-private partnership network) and designing baseline survey.
Phase 2: Developing and implementing 3 case studies.
Phase 3: Conducting impact assessment and policy recommendations.

First Phase (2013)

During the first year of work, Taiwan hosted the 2013 APEC Conference: Innovation and ICT for Women Business and the 1st Public-Private Partnership Network Meeting on June 28-29 in Taipei.

The conference is part of the Innovation for Women and Economic Development: Facilitating Women’s Livelihood Development and Resilience with ICTs project, co-hosted by Taiwan and Indonesia. This year’s event attracted 171 representatives from the public and private sectors of 12 APEC economies, including Australia, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, The Philippines, The United States and Vietnam.

During this two-day event, representatives from APEC economies shared experiences on how information and communications technology (ICT) can help women improve their livelihood and business opportunities, as well as how women in different economic environments utilize ICT to create various livelihood models.

The representatives agreed that the ICT had played a significant role in creating opportunities for women to enhance their abilities for doing business. In addition, noted that empowering ICT capacity for women can improve their livelihoods. The conclusions and consensus gathered at this conference will be submitted to the third meeting of the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE), and to the joint ministerial meeting on SME and women.

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