East and Southeast Asia Chapter
Gender Action Lab

Each chapter’s gender equality action lab will ideate and prototype solutions to systemic gender inequities in the SGB sector. They convene regularly and will conclude with a funding challenge to scale promising solutions.

The ESEA Gender Equality Action Lab is a collective platform convening regional specialists and practitioners over 9-12 months to identify barriers to success, improve existing solutions, ideate and prototype solutions to systematic gender inequalities in the SGB sector.

We hope to do accomplish this goal by using a design thinking approach to identify one element or approach to the problem where progress seems possible; build understanding of barriers to solving it, identify actionable solution(s), relevant to the areas of influence, that would fill a gap and address or circumvent those barriers; and prototype and test some dimension of this solution to validate some of the assumptions.

This year-long Action Lab is implemented as part of the ANDE Gender Equality Initiative (AGEI), aiming to contribute to the United Nations Development Goals (SDG5): “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and provide support to women as leaders, employees, and customers in the emerging market small and growing business (SGB) sector.

Advisory Committee