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ANDE’s research typically addresses one of three major questions about the small and growing businesses sector. 

  How much support, and what kind of support, is available to SGBs in emerging markets?

  What types of interventions are most effective in supporting SGBs?

  What impact do SGBs have on the lives of people they serve?  Are they effective in alleviating poverty?

 

The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative 

Since 2011, hundreds of accelerators have launched around the world. Investors, development agencies, and governments are excited by their potential to drive growth, spur innovation, and solve social challenges.

Despite this interest, rigorous research on the effectiveness of acceleration methods has not kept pace. We currently know little about their effectiveness or how differences across programs and models influence entrepreneur performance.

To address this gap, Emory University and ANDE launched the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) in collaboration with a consortium of public and private funders. GALI builds on the work of the Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory University, which works directly with accelerator programs around the world to collect and analyze data from entrepreneurs.

To read more and explore data on acceleration, visit www.galidata.org.  

 

State of the Small and Growing Business Sector

Since 2009 ANDE has been tracking data on the SGB sector to assess its growth and impact on emerging market economies. These reports are published annually and provide analysis of the amount of investment capital available to SGBs, trends in capacity development services, and data on donor support for the sector. In addition, the reports highlight trends at ANDE’s regional chapter countries.

Read the 2015 report
Read the 2014 report
Read the 2013 report

 

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Maps

A first step to stimulating entrepreneurship is understanding which resources are currently available for entrepreneurs in a given market – and which are missing. This assessment of the entrepreneurial ecosystem allows for diagnosis of potential challenges and opportunities. To support mapping efforts, ANDE developed a toolkit  which provides methodological guidance on assessing the state of entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers a set of resources and tools that can be used by development practitioners.  

In addition, many of ANDE’s Regional Chapters have developed ecosystem snapshot maps which catalog the intermediaries active in a particular country or city.  Read more about entrepreneurial ecosystems here

 

Impact Investing in Latin America

This report, published in partnership with LAVCA and LGT provides an overview on the growing landscape of impact investing in Latin America with a particular emphasis on Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. Read the 2016 report here.  

 This region-wide report is based off of research first conducted on the Brazil market, published in 2014. Read the 2014 Brazil report here

 

The Impact of Small and Growing Businesses

In 2012, ANDE conducted a literature review to better understand how SGBs engage low income or poor people, and whether these firms help lift these people out of poverty. We found the evidence for supporting SGBs as a mechanism for poverty alleviation is compelling, though not conclusive. While it is mainly small firms that currently employ or engage the poor, it is the growing firms that can help them out of poverty by providing them with higher, more stable wages.

In 2013, ANDE funded three impact evaluations that examined the impacts of SGBs on poverty alleviation. To learn more about the results of each evaluation click on the links below.

>What are the household-level impacts of SGBs that purchase goods from base of the pyramid suppliers, particularly when those SGBs have received impact investments?  Evaluating Household Level Impacts of Small & Growing Business Creation and Impact Investing in Peru  

>What are the household-level benefits of access to electricity from microgrids, solar home systems and the national grid? Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems: A Study of Rural Communities in India and Nepal

>How do factory jobs, particularly in countries at the early stages of industrial sector development, affect the workers themselves and what do workers prefer? More Sweatshops for Africa? Firms, Factory Labor, and Poverty Alleviation in Ethiopia

 

For more information or questions on ANDE research projects, contact our Director of Research and Impact, Genevieve Edens