New W-GDP partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Qualcomm® uses mobile and online learning to bring entrepreneurship skills to over 15,000 women in Vietnam & Indonesia.

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is thrilled to announce a new programme delivery contract, which it has recently signed with the ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce (ASEAN-USAID IGNITE) program, a USAID-funded activity implemented by Nathan Associates.

The contract has been awarded through USAID’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative and represents a public-private partnership as it brings together additional funding from Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, the company’s strategic corporate responsibility program.  The Women Entrepreneurs Amplifying Ventures and Economics (WEAVE) program will leverage Qualcomm-enabled digital technology to support and empower 15,000 women entrepreneurs running small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Vietnam and Indonesia.

This innovative, digital, cross border programme builds on and scales successful services created by the Foundation with Qualcomm Wireless Reach and the ExxonMobil Foundation. WEAVE aims to promote the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs in Indonesia and Vietnam through a three phased “learning journey” they can use at different stages of their businesses’ development, which will be delivered over 17 months:

  • Phase 1 — HerVenture, a mobile learning app: 15,000 women entrepreneurs will begin their learning journey by downloading the HerVenture learning app to their mobile phones. The app teaches business skills such as marketing, finance and operations in bite-sized chunks at their convenience.
  • Phase 2 — Road to Growth, is a blended learning program: 360 women will progress to Road to Growth based on participation in HerVenture and business aspirations. Road to Growth combines in-class training with a custom built, online learning course to develop the business management and investment readiness skills of women entrepreneurs. The training is supplemented with weekly chat sessions with trainers, networking events, regular meetups and exposure to business development services.
  • Phase 3 — the Mentoring Women in Business Programme: 126 women who participate in Road to Growth, identified by their potential and commitment to scaling their business, will be paired with a business mentor with whom they will meet online on a regular basis for six months. Women mentees will also have access to the programme’s online global network of women entrepreneurs and subject matter experts as well as additional learning resources.

The Foundation will also develop and test a new work stream that will empower women entrepreneurs to identify and tackle systemic and structural regulatory or policy barriers within their ecosystems that may be preventing them from reaching their full potential.

WEAVE will be delivered collaboratively by the Foundation, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, local, in-country implementing partners with funding from USAID’s W-GDP Initiative, built on a foundation of technology and assets developed in partnership with ExxonMobil Foundation.

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to promote and demonstrate democratic values and advance a free, peaceful and prosperous world. Through international development programs and disaster assistance, USAID partners to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises, progress beyond assistance and attain self-reliance.

ASEAN-USAID IGNITE is a five-year program funded by USAID that supports an integrated and inclusive ASEAN Economic Community. IGNITE provides technical assistance to ASEAN on trade facilitation; the digital economy; and science, technology, and innovation, with cross-cutting objectives to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to mainstream gender equality in the ASEAN. IGNITE is based at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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W-GDP: In February 2019, the White House established the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, the United States’ first whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment. W-GDP seeks to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025 by focusing on three pillars – Women Prospering in the Workforce, Women Succeeding as Entrepreneurs and Women Enabled in the Economy. W-GDP leverages a new innovative fund, scaling private-public partnerships which address the three pillars. In its first year alone, W-GDP programs reached 12 million women across the globe.

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Qualcomm Wireless Reach has implemented 126 programs in 47 countries reaching over 22 million people through Qualcomm technology. Wireless Reach leverages mobile technology in the areas of education, health care, entrepreneurship, public safety and the environment.  For many women, the program brings the economic benefits of wireless connectivity to entrepreneurial ventures around the world, with the aim of improving people’s lives and boosting global self-sufficiency and prosperity. At Qualcomm, we foster, create, and oversee programs using wireless tools that provide otherwise difficult access to new markets and fiscal advantages to entrepreneurs in rural and urban areas globally.

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The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The ExxonMobil Foundation has a strategic focus supporting education with an emphasis on math and science in the United States, promoting women as catalysts for economic development and ending deaths from malaria.  Since 2005, ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation have provided more than $120 million to help women around the world invest in themselves and their communities.

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