Turning value chains into social gains in Southeast Asia

Global value chains, which now form the largest share of the world’s trade, involve producers and enterprises that produce goods as inputs for other producers. In Southeast Asian countries, these industries employ large numbers of low-skilled workers, particularly women. Governments aim to facilitate these value chains through trade agreements.

A collaboration between JustJobs Network Inc., Grow Asia Partnership Ltd., and the National University of Singapore, this project aims to contribute to better economic opportunities for workers and small producers, particularly women, in five Southeast Asian countries. Research will identify how participation in value chains can promote employment and better working conditions in the garment, electronics, and agro industries. The project will support collaborative research on value chains and create a learning forum for practitioners, producers, and emerging leaders on how value chains can contribute to more and better employment.

This project will support Canada’s global objectives, its collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN), and its role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It will promote Canada-ASEAN collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the Canada-ASEAN Business Council to promote sustainable business practices in the region.

Project ID

108296

Project status

Active

Duration

40 months

IDRC Officer

Edgard Rodriguez

Total funding

CA$ 1,707,390

Country(s)

Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South East Asia, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam

Project Leader

Sabina Dewan

Institution

JustJobs Network Inc.

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.justjobsnetwork.org

Project Leader

Alison Eskesen

Institution

Grow Asia Partnership Ltd.

Institution Country

Singapore

Institution Website

http://www.growasia.org

Project Leader

Alexander Capri

Institution

National University of Singapore

Institution Country

Singapore

Institution Website

http://www.nus.edu.sg

Project Leader

Yves Tiberghien

Institution

The University of British Columbia

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.uilo.ubc.ca