Intermediaries who support SGBs in emerging markets.
I’M AN SGB OR AN INTERESTED SUPPORTER! CAN I JOIN ANDE?
Our membership is only for organizations and only for intermediaries, not the SGBs themselves. Please check out our Current Members. They are best positioned to support your SGB.
ANDE’S SPECIFIC PROGRAM AREAS INCLUDE:
- Advocacy and Education
ANDE is actively working to drive additional resources toward the small and growing business sector in order to benefit all of our members and promote prosperity. We have become a trusted resource for key constituencies (investors, governments, multi/bilateral organizations, and the news media) that influence investment and development aid decisions.
- Funding Resources
The Catalyst Fund fuels initiatives aimed at improving collaboration between and the capacity of organizations within the small and growing business (SGB) sector. The goal of the Catalyst Fund is to increase the productivity and effectiveness of ANDE members, while creating tools and insights that can help the SGB sector as a whole.
- Knowledge Sharing and Networking
ANDE convenes members on a regular basis to share knowledge and strengthen relationships across the network. Typical events include book talks, roundtables, and social events where members can gather, learn, and make connections. These events take place around the world in cities with a high concentration of members including where ANDE has regional chapters. A highlight of each year’s event calendar is the ANDE Annual Conference which brings together lead practitioners, thought leaders, researchers and investors to improve member effectiveness and collaboration.
- Metrics and Evaluation
ANDE is committed to driving transparent, consistent, and high quality measurement of our members’ economic, environmental, and social impact. Our annual State of the Sector Report provides the only consistent global report on the impact of SGB investors and technical assistance providers, and highlights the accomplishments of our members. ANDE is also a core partner in the Impact Reporting and Investing Standards (IRIS) initiative to advance a common framework for defining, tracking, and reporting the performance of impact investments.
ANDE acts as a conduit between researchers who are seeking inputs and our members who are generating data that need to be aggregated and analyzed. In addition, we manage a Research Development Fund which we leverage to generate new research projects that examine the effectiveness of supporting SGBs as a tool for poverty alleviation. We expect the research produced through this initiative to inform and influence impact investors, policy-makers, development banks and foundations on the social benefits of supporting small businesses.
- Training and Talent Development
ANDE’s talent development programs build critical skills within member organizations, reduce training costs, and ultimately help create a pool of talented leaders in the SGB sector. Currently, we offer a two day Orientation Training for new hires and summer associates and an intensive five day Investment Manager Training for investment officers based in emerging markets.
MORE REASONS TO JOIN ANDE MEMBERSHIP:
ANDE is the only global organization dedicated to both advocating for the growth of the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector and offering services and programs to support the organizations operating in the space. Operating in over 150 countries, our members offer a diverse set of resources to support SGBs, and through the network, provide an unmatched resource to each other. ANDE develops initiatives to address systemic challenges and opportunities that can only be approached through collective action.
ANDE members have access to:
• Unparalleled opportunities for networking, peer-learning, and collaboration
• Scholarships to ANDE-sponsored events and trainings
• Discounts to major global conferences
• Early registration for ANDE events and invitation-only opportunities
• The ANDE Member Portal: a searchable database, knowledge library, and collaboration space
• Regional Chapters and Learning Labs
• Ability to apply for funding from the Capacity Development Fund
• Metrics consultations and assistance adopting the IRIS framework
• Summaries on new research published on related topic-areas