Innovation Connect supports innovation-focused ecosystems that spur invention, create new businesses, promote sustainable growth and assist ASEAN in developing the region’s future innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Women’s Livelihood Bond
In partnership with the Australian government, we providing a guarantee to support the Women’s Livelihood Bond, which will leverage just over $15 million in private capital for microfinance institutions that lend to women and social enterprises to create sustainable livelihoods for women. Learn more.
Digital Economy Series
In support of ASEAN’s goal of a digitally enabled, integrated, and innovative society, Connect’s has conducted Digital Economy Series. This is a series of workshops across Southeast Asia on digital issues, including workshops on regulatory issues, how to support growth of SMEs in ecommerce; on digital policy best practices, international approaches to e-commerce and innovation, and policies to support innovative and open environment for digital economy development.
The series consists of a wide breadth of activities including a USAID sponsored assessment paper of the important digital economy issues that the region faces, a series of joint public-private policy conversations around key issues, and capacity-building assistance in these areas. This initiative aims to bring together U.S. government and private sector experts with ASEAN counterparts to dive deep into the policies and regulatory frameworks required to foster the development of the digital economy. The initiative also provides an opportunity to address key U.S. and ASEAN priorities such as the development of e-commerce, enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to take advantage of the Internet, the use of mobile and electronic payments, and expanding broadband connectivity, in line with the U.S.-led Global Connect Initiative.
Third Country Training Program
Third Country Training Program jointly organized by Singapore and the United States hold regular training courses on SME Growth in the Digital Economy, and Developing a 21st Century Marketplace in the Digital Economy.