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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 3, 2019

State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018
by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Since 2009, ANDE has been tracking the growth and impact of the small and growing business sector in emerging market economies for our annual State of the Sector report. This report examines global trends in support for small and growing businesses through capacity development services, direct private investment, and donor funding, as well as specific trends in the regions covered by each of our eight chapters: the Andes, Brazil, Central America and Mexico, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, South Africa, and West Africa.

Report highlights:

Capacity Development Services

  • GALI data finds that, in the aggregate, accelerators in emerging markets are a good investment.
  • ANDE members providing classroom training almost always bundle this with other types of capacity development services and are highly unlikely to provide this training alone.

SGB Investing

  • In 2018, at least 56 new SGB-inclusive investment vehicles launched, with a median target AUM of US $50 million (the highest median target tracked by ANDE to date).
  • A large majority of ANDE members are actively engaging in gender inclusive activities; however, only 10% actively use a restrictive screen to avoid exposure to SGBs with poor gender diversity records.

Donor Funding

  • This year, ANDE dug deeper into donor funding supporting SGBs in emerging markets and found that multilaterals, bilaterals, and DFIs disbursed $7.4 billion to support SMEs in 2017.
  • Using the OECD’s Creditor Reporting System, ANDE found that gender-related SME donor funding is only a small percentage of all SME-related disbursements.

Regional Insights

In 2018 ANDE added a new chapter in the Andean region of Latin America based out of Bogota, Colombia. Find capacity development, investing, and donor funding insights on this new chapter, as well as ANDE’s 7 other regional chapters, in the regional insights section of the report. 

Read the full report here.

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