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Enabling Entrepreneurship for Women's Economic Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

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Women's Economic Empowerment
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In the national economies of Asia and the Pacific, entrepreneurs are critical drivers of growth through innovation and job creation. Recognizing the potential of, and the challenges for, women’s entrepreneurship across the Asia-Pacific region, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women launched a joint programme to promote enabling policy and legal environments for women’s entrepreneurship in four countries in Asia and the Pacific: Indonesia, China, India and Malaysia.

Through partnerships with pre-eminent national research institutions in each of the four countries, the programme enabled in-depth analysis of national contexts for women's entrepreneurship through research on the circumstances of, barriers to and strategies for successful women’s entrepreneurship. This publication presents the key findings of the ESCAP-Goldman Sachs programme, highlighting context-specific experiences and shared challenges for women’s entrepreneurship that resonate across the Asia-Pacific region.