Under the terms of the first bilateral agreement between
Today's announcement is being made in connection with the official launch of the program at the
Other contributing partners are
Global Development Alliances are USAID's premiere model for public-private partnerships, helping to improve the social and economic conditions in developing countries. This is the first GDA grant awarded to IU.
IU also has signed a memorandum of understanding with the
"We are thrilled to create a lasting legacy as we work to deepen and broaden the teaching and outreach capacities of the country's top business school,
"We are very pleased to be academically engaged again with
"This grant is the latest example of
These developments are a result of improved relations between
The country's name was changed to the
The USAID project is designed to foster a lasting legacy of improvements to higher education institutions, international investment in small- to medium-sized enterprises and the management and entrepreneurship skills critical for the changing business environment in
It brings together private sector, non-governmental organizations and academic capabilities under USAID's GDA umbrella, serving as a flagship example to potential private and public investors, who support the opening of
It has two primary objectives: increase the institutional effectiveness of
Observers have found little skill differences between self-employed micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners and middle managers, whether at public or private firms. The situation severely impairs growth and competitiveness among the 126,000 small- to medium-sized enterprises accounting for 96 percent of
The Burmese government is encouraging foreign direct investment, particularly in information and communications technology needed to fuel social and economic development.
YECO faculty will come to IU Bloomington, as well as other Kelley international partners such as
With support from
These centers will be equipped with the latest HP technology and classroom solutions providing information technology and business skills training, using the HP LIFE e-Learning program. The free, interactive e-learning solution helps students, entrepreneurs and small business owners to use technology effectively to start or grow their businesses in their own time and at their own pace or as part of a classroom setting. Course materials will be translated into Burmese and other content modules will be developed to support Burmese small- to medium-sized enterprises.
Most SMEs find it challenging to qualify for partnerships with multinational companies because they lag in social, governance and environmental standards and performance, as well as international standards. To address this gap, Business for Social Responsibility -- with support from HP -- will work with partner Myanmar Business Executives to establish and facilitate multi-company groups that will help SMEs incorporate social and environmental standards and performance as a core part of their development.
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