ASEAN Foundation Receives USD 300,000 Grant from Microsoft
Since 2005, Microsoft and the ASEAN Foundation have been collaborating to promote the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in wider community's daily life. Developing specific ICT training curriculums, delivering ICT Trainings, and conducting seminars/workshops are some of main activities that have been successfully accomplished by the ASEAN Foundation throughout the collaborating period. To date, these activities have benefitted more than 10,000 people including farmers, SMEs, and students.
To bring the collaboration to a higher level, on 18 May 2012 Microsoft officially approved a new grant to the ASEAN Foundation amounting to USD 300,000. This new grant will be used to fund ICT related activities covering four ASEAN countries, namely Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Viet Nam, for a time span of two years until mid 2014.
Activities funded by this grant will be aiming at 16 - 25-year old young micro-entrepreneurs and will focus on the promotion of the latest ICT applications that may be used for their business development. The main purpose of this project is to familiarise the participants with the knowledge on e-commerce and e-business so that they could be involved in supporting the effective implementation of e-commerce and creating conducive environment in their respective countries. It also aims at bridging the divide between business skill courses and technical skill courses already offered by microenterprise development organisations. The main activities of this project are to develop a specific ICT curriculum for the trainings based on the user's needs assessment that will be conducted by the ASEAN Foundation; to conduct Training of Trainers (ToTs) to the umbrella organisations of micro-entrepreneurs in each targeted country; to deliver basic trainings directly to the micro-entrepreneurs by the ASEAN Foundation jointly with local trainers who have been formerly trained in the ToTs; and to conduct e-business incubators in each country that is expected to become a good model for possible replication in other areas in the future.
The ASEAN Foundation was established by the ASEAN Leaders in December 1997 during ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit to help bring about shared prosperity and a sustainable future to all 10 ASEAN Member Countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.