Aus for EqualityUpdate22 innovative partnerships short listed for the GREAT Program in Son La province

22 innovative partnerships short listed for the GREAT Program in Son La province

The GREAT Program has selected 22 potential partners, based on their innovative life-changing ideas to engage and benefit women in Son La province. These include private enterprises, social enterprises, business associations, government agencies, non-government organisations and research institutions.

In the first week of November, two training workshops with the potential partners were held in Son La and in Hanoi to provide tools and guidance on how to prepare robust project designs and business plans. The events also provided a match-making opportunity for business and non-business partners to work together to achieve greater economic and social impacts.

The Australian Embassy’s Counsellor Justin Baguley congratulated the short listed partners when he met with them in Hanoi on the 7th November. 

You have been selected to help the Program achieve the important objectives of  increasing the capacity of local women to beneficially engage in the agricultural and tourism sectors and to create increased income earning opportunities and jobs.  Importantly, we want to work together to enhance the voice and decision-making power of women”  said Mr. Baguley.

These partnerships aim to create increased income for 20,000 women, with a focus on ethnic minority women. The Australian Government will provide approximately A$8 million in funding for the projects with A$13 million in matched funding from Vietnamese partners.

It is expected that full project proposals will be finalised by December this year, with successful applicants starting implementation in early 2019.

Australian Embassy’s Counsellor Justin Baguley congratulates short-listed partners

Potential partners exchange their concepts

The GREAT Program Team Leader Phil Harman presents Market Systems Development approach

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