Thank you to all applicants who applied for Round 1 and congratulations to those who were successful. Over 180 applications were received, and this strong response reflects the growing interest the business community has in working with DFAT and its partners to meet the growing economic and social challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. The successful partnerships for Round 1 are located in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific, across a range of sectors including agribusiness, financial services, small enterprise development, off-grid energy, health and women’s economic empowerment.
Improving access to global cotton markets for farmers in Pakistan
The partnership will support cotton farmers in Pakistan so they can become part of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), accessing the growing global market for ethically produced cotton. Cotton Australia will provide their expertise to this partnership on the back of Australia’s recent accreditation under the BCI.
Mobile banking for the poor in Vietnam
The partnership will allow for increased and improved access to a full range of digital financial services to those who lack access to traditional banking services, accelerating economic opportunities for low-income households and women-led microenterprises.
Ethical cotton production in Kenya
The partnership will ensure smallholder farmers in Kwale who are interested in growing cotton are equipped with the skills and training required to produce commercial quality cotton for sale into export markets and global supply chains, including Cotton on Group, securing local livelihoods and the future success of the cotton industry in Kenya.
Connecting communities to clean energy and the digital economy in PNG
The partnership will provide access to affordable and reliable solar energy solutions to off-grid households and small businesses in PNG. The initiative will release a range of reliable solar products into the market, providing a range of sustainable alternatives to current costly and inferior energy sources and enable better access to, and connection with, the digital economy.
Improving health and economic empowerment for female factory workers in Vietnam
The partnership will provide access to critical health information and services for female workers at the Pou Yuen factory in Vietnam, leading to improvements in worker health and wellbeing, reduced absenteeism, and a more engaged and supported workforce.
Improving child nutrition in Indonesia
The partnership encourages midwives to provide more frequent, timely and accurate nutrition counselling to mothers and greater access to micronutrient powders to fill the current gap of essential nutrients needed for optimal growth and development of young children (6-24 months) in the most vulnerable households.
Promoting inclusion of small and medium enterprises in the tourism industry in Myanmar
Establishment of a Tourism Business Investment Platform – a market and business advisory service and low interest investment revolving fund that will combine business planning with seed/growth funding for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in tourism in Myanmar.
Linking ethical fashion enterprises in Myanmar to global markets
The partnership will develop a financially sustainable, ethical fashion enterprise/label linked to global markets, supporting economic empowerment for rural women living in poverty.
Community-based ecotourism venture in Nepal
The partnership will establish community-based ecotourism in the southern 'buffer zone' of Chitwan National Park. It will establish a community-based, ecotourism venture providing significant business and employment opportunities for its residents, foreign exchange for the economy and new experiences for Intrepid travellers.