EXPLORE KENAN INSTITUTE ASIA
For over 20 years, Kenan has provided project management and technical expertise in support of development in the region. Much of this effort has been focused on the key development challenges in business, economic growth, education and public health and has supported our founding concept that long-term development can be best achieved through free enterprise mechanisms, boundary-spanning partnerships and practical expertise. Kenan Institute Asia was founded in 1996 with the support of the Thai government, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kenan is established in 1996 with the support of the Thai Government, USAID, the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and the Frank Hawkins Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kenan carries out projects under the US-Thailand Development Partnership and US-ASEAN Environmental Partnership. Projects included gasoline vapor recovery, disaster management, water treatment, air quality improvement, and generating electricity from landfill gas and rice husk ash.
One of Kenan’s first major initiatives, the American Corporations for Thailand (ACT) was a multiyear program in which Kenan worked with American companies to retrain people left unemployed by the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis ACT was chaired by Dr. Henry Kissinger and Mr. Anand Panyarachun.
Kenan implements its first regional project introducing American environmental technology to Vietnam. Since 1999, Kenan has implemented projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and southern China.
Kenan was selected by USAID to manage a program of economic recovery and reform called the Accelerating Economic Recovery in Asia (AERA). Through this ten-year long program, Kenan implemented dozens of development projects in the fields of SME development, finance and good governance, education and public health. AERA formed the basis of many of Kenan’s current initiatives and projects.
The US-Thailand Development Partnership ends.
Kenan begins offering corporate social responsibility trainings and related services to companies operating in the GMS region.
The Thailand Competitiveness Initiative is implemented improving the competitiveness of 12 business clusters.
Kenan begins implementing the Tsunami Recovery Action Initiative a comprehensive five-year initiative designed to promote sustainable tourism and entrepreneurship to areas affected by the 2004 tsunami.
ACT ends successfully. Between 1998 and 2005, Kenan trained 700 trainers and reached 27,000 workers, helping them find new jobs. Major funding was provided by Unocal and AIG.
Kenan reorganizes in advance of the end of AERA focusing on developing partnerships with corporate partners to carry out sustainable development projects.
Citibank and Kenan begin working on the Financial Literacy for At-Risk Women project forming a partnership that lasts to this day.
TRAI implements entrepreneurship initiatives for young people in Phang-nga Province to encourage them to start their own businesses.
AERA ends successfully after training thousands of people through dozens of business development and public health projects.
TRAI ends successfully after five years of implementation and with support from American, European and Thai governments.
Kenan helps teachers to better engage their students through inquiry-based curriculum for their math and science classes in MSD In-STEP.
USAID awards Kenan a major grant to conduct cross-border public health work in all the countries of the GMS.
Kenan partners with the Thai Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion to assist it at high-level policy discussions held for Asia-Pacific economies.
Kenan works with the UN Democracy Fund to implement the Laos Encouraging and Applying Democracy in Lao PDR.
Kenan begins working with the Thai government to implement its inquiry-based education curriculum in classrooms across Thailand through UPGRADE.
Kenan registers and opens an office in Hanoi, Vietnam providing a second base for expanded regional operations.
Kenan partners with Chevron to launch a major initiative: the Chevron Enjoy Science Project, a US $30 million, 5-year public-private partnership to strengthen Thailand's competitiveness and innovation by improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and technical vocational education and training (TVET) across the country.