May 03, 2021 to May 31, 2022
Funding Agency:
Monash University
Focus Area(s):
Human Development, Labor Markets, and Poverty

A preliminary study of global SME policy responses reveals a striking lack of gender analysis and capital allocation towards women’s SMEs. With the Covid-19 crisis expected to last upwards of two years, economic measures to strengthen a more resilient SME sector will be essential to lasting recovery. To inform such policies, more research is needed on how gender considerations to SME policy responses to Covid-19, especially in South East Asia. Using a gender lens, this project takes stock of economic relief measures that aim to foster the resilience of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to COVID-19. It does so by conducting an online survey of MSMEs and interviews/group discussions with stakeholders including government agencies, MSMEs, State-run banks, business communities, enterprises, and subject matter experts.

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