Aim of the Report 

The goal of this report is to identify the critical gaps as well as enablers in the field of women social entrepreneurship, by focusing on:

  1. How are Women Social Entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia innovating to generate social and economic value for their communities?
  2. What are the key enablers that will support Women Social Entrepreneurs to scale their impact and catalyze system change?

This report is the outcome of a study of:

  • 150 quantitative surveys including 40 men and 110 women social entrepreneurs from ASEAN
  • 30 in-depth interviews with Ashoka Fellows from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand

The quantitative and qualitative data and inputs were analyzed to arrive at key insights presented in this report that will include common barriers and challenges, recommendations on potential solutions and systemic change, as well as inspiring stories from women social entrepreneurs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. 


Recommended Highlights for Key Stakeholders

  • Social Entrepreneurs - Parts 2 and 3 include first-hand perspectives of experienced WSEs and how they successfully overcame challenges. These stories can be insightful for both genders and both aspiring and established social entrepreneurs.
  • Investors and Funders - Parts 2 and 3 showcase the powerful work WSEs have been doing in this region and highlight why it is important to invest in them. Part 4 details the support both men and women social entrepreneurs need and how funding can help them.
  • Government - Part 3 highlights the struggles of WSEs to hold conversations with policymakers and Part 4 lists what can be done to solve these issues. 
  • Partners & Stakeholders - Part 4 lists down various ways partners can work with social entrepreneurs for a mutually beneficial relationship.