As the leading global voice of the small and growing business (SGB) sector, ANDE believes that SGBs are a powerful, yet underleveraged, tool in addressing social and environmental challenges. Since 2009, we have grown into a trusted network of nearly 300 collaborative members that operate in over 150 countries and support nearly 200,000 SGBs each year. ANDE grows the body of knowledge, mobilizes resources, and connects the institutions that propel the small business entrepreneurs who build inclusive prosperity in the developing world.
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) today announced that three organizations in Africa have been selected to receive funds under the Accelerating Women Climate Entrepreneurs (AWCE) Fund.
The AWCE Fund, an activity under the Accelerating Women Climate Entrepreneurs project, aims to contribute to poverty reduction and respond to climate change by identifying and promoting good practices to support women entrepreneurs in climate-related value chains. The AWCE project also places an emphasis on developing a road map for international development stakeholders to provide further gender-responsive support to women climate entrepreneurs and intermediaries.
As part of The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Guatemala Entrepreneurship and Development Innovation initiative, companies and private sector partners have committed $31 million to support entrepreneurs and businesses that can increase access to renewable energy and improve agriculture, water and sanitation, health, and education.
USAID will provide an additional $7.5 million in funding to the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs towork with its dozens of member incubators, accelerators, and financial institutions in the region to provide direct support and capital to farmers, entrepreneurs and business owners.
ANDE relies on the financial support of governments, foundations, corporations, and civil society, in addition to earned revenue from membership dues and events. Development agencies currently provide the largest share of ANDE’s annual budget, though foundations and the private sector at the global and regional levels represent a growing share of both programmatic and unrestricted support. We often partner with our members to implement field building activities and strengthen the convening, learning and dissemination components of their work. We always seek not to duplicate or compete with the work of our members, but to use our platform to maximize the impact of their work to benefit the small and growing business sector.
ANDE’s global programs are supported by a variety of donors, including:
- Argidius Foundation
- Blue Haven Initiative
- British Council
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
- Ford Foundation
- Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
- Global Affairs Canada
- International Development Research Centre
- Kauffman Foundation
- Lemelson Foundation
- MacArthur Foundation
- MasterCard Worldwide
- Omidyar Network
- Shell Foundation
- Small Foundation
- Stichting DOEN
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- U.S. Department of State
- Visa Foundation
- Vitol Group
ANDE’s work would not be possible without the generous support of donors that believe in the power of entrepreneurship as a tool to address social and environmental challenges in developing economies. Please consider making a contribution to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Unrestricted support allows us the flexibility to respond to local needs in the markets we serve, and ensures we can keep our membership dues accessible for locally based organizations who are at the core of our mission.