Independent Research, Southeast Asia May 1, 2012 – July 1, 2012
Nayeema researched the potential for market-based solutions to improve female livelihoods in Asian economies this summer. Market-based solutions are defined as financially-viable, scalable enterprises that engage low-income populations as producers or consumers in the economy. These solutions tend to have a disproportionate impact on females because of their potential to incorporate women in the informal economy and agrarian sectors. Nayeema's research focused on two questions. At the macro-level, she looked at the viability of market-based solutions in Asia's transition and state-centric economies where liberalization of critical economic sectors has been nascent or slow. At the micro-level, she examined particular micro-enterprises that are targeted at female consumers and producers. The majority of her research was conducted in Vietnam, and Nayeema disseminated the findings both broadly through social media and strategically as a policy paper to the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.