14 November 2022
As ASEAN (including Indonesia) is trying to accelerate the inclusive post-pandemic economic recovery in the region, catalysing women MSMEs and supporting them in the economic recovery process will be one of the key elements of recovery. [...] The project was approved by the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) in November 2019 and was launched in June 2020 (as a collaboration between the ACCMSME and the Asia Foundation). [...] The project will reach up to 200,000 underserved people and rural micro-enterprises across the region, including 60% women, with the goal to broaden participation in the digital economy and create a more inclusive ASEAN region. [...] The Impact of COVID-19 on Women Workers and MSMEs in Indonesia Indonesia is the largest archipelago country in the world and a diverse nation with longstanding challenges in economic development and the gender gap between rural and urban areas and the west and east of the country. [...] The Digital Economy and Women-led MSMEs The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards digitalisation and the adoption of new technologies, which require MSMEs to be equipped with the ability to learn new skills continuously and to collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders.