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White Papers on Policy, Technology and Programmatic Solutions to Enable Ecommerce Development

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Kati Suominen and Michael Poor

The purpose of this report is to promote dialogue on concrete policy and technology solutions to accelerate the interoperability of digital payments in the Asia-Pacific, in order to support MSMEs’ crossborder ecommerce.

Drone Delivery

Kati Suominen

The purpose of this report is to map out logistics technology companies enabling MSME ecommerce such as  last mile delivery solutions in different regions of the world and propose models for development partners to help scale “logtechs” and their services to MSMEs that are selling and buying online.

Data transfer

Kati Suominen and Erica Vambell

The purpose of this report is to contribute to the growing discussions on cross-border data transfer policies in Africa, and to discuss regional data transfer policies that are compatible with the aims of free trade and MSME cross-border ecommerce. 

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Kati Suominen, Erica Libertelli, Maria Luisa Boyce, Barbara Kotschwar, Erica Vambell

This paper explores how the Covid-19 crisis created greater gender disparities in the Latin American and Caribbean regions through disproportionately affecting women, and proposes ways that governments can support and empower women in the Covid-19 economic recovery.

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Kati Suominen

This report seeks to connect the research and work on platforms and that on women-led firms in ecommerce to ask how development organizations, governments, and corporations could work with platforms to benefit women-led firms seeking to grow through ecommerce, and scale the impact on women-led firms.

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Empowering women-led firms in the digital economy: Roadmap 

Kati Suominen with Erica Vambell

This paper, co-sponsored by eTrade Alliance partner Visa, is a data-driven roadmap for governments, corporations, and the international development community to optimize capacity-building work to enable women-led firms sell online and thrive in the global digital economy. 

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Kati Suominen

Developing country MSMEs see access to finance as a key constraint to their digital transformation. This brief reviews digital transformation fund models around the world, and discusses how businesses and governments could build on these efforts to unlock financing for digitizing MSMEs.

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Kati Suominen, Jobberman and PeopleTree 

This report reviews the results of a large-scale data and lessons-learned from an online survey measuring the cognitive abilities and skills of  27,216 Nigerian workers across a range of sectors, performed by the Jobberman employment portal of Ringier One Africa Media (ROAM) using a template developed by PeopleTree.


Kati Suominen

This report maps the adoption of 130 policies conducive to MSME ecommerce in 10 major policy areas in 52 countries, most of them developing and emerging nations of Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America.

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