Implementation Review of Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III

Status: Ongoing. The IAI Work Plan III is in its third year of implementation. While implementation rate has been encouraging, it is recognised that a robust monitoring and evaluation arrangements will improve effectiveness and efficiency in the implementation of the IAI Work Plan III. This project is intended to (i) assess the progress of the implementation IAI Work Plan III against stated outputs, and overall outcomes; (ii) identify issues and challenges affecting effective and efficient delivery of outputs and their contribution to desired outcomes; (iii) strengthening implementation arrangements for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting system, (iv) strengthen national and stakeholders’ ownership; and (v) provide recommendations for improving the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance and impact of implementation of the current IAI Work Plan as well as draw initial lessons learned as crucial inputs for the formulation of the next IAI Work Plan. Related Project: Work Planning Assistance for the Initiative for ASEAN Integration...

Development of Financial Literacy Programmes for Growing Micro Enterprises in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV)

Status: ongoing. Financial literacy is defined as possessing an awareness of financial risks and opportunities; to make informed choices; to know where to go for help; and to know how to take effective actions to improve one’s financial wellbeing. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has identified the lack of financial literacy as one of the leading reasons why micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are unable to grow. This is a significant issue, considering that MSMEs represent the majority (95-99 percent) of enterprises in ASEAN and contribute significantly to employment and economic growth. Financial literacy is particularly low in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) countries, and CLMV governments are increasing their efforts to improve financial literacy for enterprises. Despite these efforts, challenges remain in accessing marginalised groups such as women and rural entrepreneurs, providing a holistic approach to strengthening financial literacy, and ensuring relevance for micro-enterprises. This project aims to help CLMV governments develop or improve their financial literary programmes to address specific knowledge gaps in micro-enterprises, or a sub-group of it, based on identified needs of targeted micro-enterprises, good practices and lessons from existing/ past financial literacy initiatives across the four ASEAN Member States. It will propose scope of contents, effective approaches for delivery of the information including the most effective channels and media to reach the beneficiary, and propose strategic partnerships for the delivery of these information packages, preferably into existing financial literacy...

Assessment of the post-harvest losses and post-harvest loss reduction technologies and practices for a seasonal fruit with high export value and/or export potential in CLMV countries

Status: Completed. Post-harvest losses in Southeast Asia remain a persistent problem, and are very high in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam (CLMV countries). Reducing post-harvest losses in fruits in CLMV countries is particularly important as CLMV countries export a large proportion of their seasonal fruits. Access to post-harvest reduction technologies and/or practices would directly benefit farmers and help to improve the total volume and value of exports. CLMV countries would benefit from a project which examines current post-harvest loses in a seasonal fruit of common importance and identifies hands-on training on low cost technologies/ practices to reduce losses. This project assessed post-harvest losses along the value chain for mango in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar, and for dragon fruit in Viet Nam. It then identified the capacity building and technical assistance requirements of these countries to implement low cost and easy-to-use technologies and/or practices to reduce post-harvest losses. This project is part of ASEAN’s Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan...

Work Planning Assistance for the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI)

Status: Completed. The Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) provides a policy framework to support the participation of ASEAN’s newer member states (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam or CLMV) in the ASEAN integration process. The IAI Work Plan II (2009-2015) currently being implemented reflects key programme areas under the three ASEAN Community Blueprints. The IAI Work Plan II is now in its last year of implementation. This project supports formulation of third IAI Work Plan. The third IAI Work Plan takes into consideration the strengths and weaknesses in the drafting process and implementation of the current and past Work Plans, as well as the relevant recommendations of the mid-term review of the IAI Work Plan II. The IAI Work Plan III has now been completed, and adopted at the 28th ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The project also supported preparation of concept papers for the implementation of activities in the IAI Work Plan III. The IAI Work Plan III can be downloaded here. Related Project: Mid-Term Review of the Implementation of the IAI Work Plan II for Equitable Economic Development and Narrowing the Development Gap Implementation Review of IAI Work Plan...

Mid-Term Review of the Implementation of the IAI Work Plan II for Equitable Economic Development and Narrowing the Development Gap

Status: Completed The IAI Work Plan II (2009 – 2015) is now in its fourth year of implementation. With 2015 approaching, there is a need to review the Work Plan to identify future improvements and ensure that it continues to serve as a key strategic framework for NDG and EED, which intends to reduce poverty and sustain inclusive growth in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV). This need for the mid-term review has been acknowledged by the ASEAN Member States (AMS). The Phnom Penh Agenda 2012 specifically called for a comprehensive Mid-term Review of the IAI Work Plan II in 2012 in order to stock-take the implementation of the IAI Work Plan II and set out concrete and practical measures to expedite its objectives and chart its future direction, including enhancing the implementation of the priority projects and the CLMV Priority Action List. The mid-term review, as prompted in the Phnom Penh Agenda, took stock of the progress in implementing the IAI Work Plan II, assess the its potential impact in working towards NDG and EED, and assess current implementation approach and modalities as well as stakeholder involvement and coordination arrangements. The detailed methodology included comparison and mapping of priority program areas between the IAI Work Plan II and ASEAN Community blueprints (including MPAC), national strategic plans of CLMV and other sub-regional initiatives involving the CLMV countries and an analysis of roles and interactions among various stakeholders in the implementation of the IAI Work Plan II. The mid-term review produced a set of recommendations on priority program areas and activities as well as management arrangements that will...

Narrowing the Development Gap Book

Status: Completed This project produced a high quality book containing clear analysis of ASEAN Narrowing the Development Gap (NDG) issues. The work was aimed at ASEAN policy makers and advisers involved in decision making on NDG initiatives. The project’s objective was to provide ASEAN policy makers and implementers a source of timely and clear analysis on key strategic NDG issues with practical policy recommendations that could be implemented. This project has been completed in 2013. The full publication was published by Rutledge and is available for purchase. ISBN-13: 978-0415817615 ISBN-10: 0415817617 Synopsis, abstracts and other publications can be downloaded here: Synopsis and Chapter Abstracts Presentation Policy Brief 1 – The ASEAN Development Gap: Definition, Measurement and Monitoring Policy Brief 2 – Enhancing Connectivity to Narrow the Development Gap in ASEAN Policy Brief 3: Policy Recommendations for Narrowing the Development Gap in ASEAN Policy Brief 4: Graduation of all ASEAN Member States from Less Development Country Status                      ...