This report is part of an APEC program to showcase best practices in microfinance. It aims to identify how microfinance is used in Viet Nam, an APEC economy, and the steps that Viet Nam can take to make microfinance for the poor commercially viable. It also aims to inform discussion among policymakers and practitioners of microfinance throughout the APEC region about best practices in market-based models in microfinance targeting the underserved, including women entrepreneurs.
The PPWE was established at the second Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) in May 2011 held at Big Sky, Montana, the United States. It combined the former APEC Gender Focal Point Network (GFPN) and the private sector-oriented Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) - creating a single public-private entity to streamline and elevate the influence of women’s issues within APEC.