Print Page   |   Sign In   |   Register
Publications Library
Blog Home All Blogs
Welcome to the Publications Library! Here you will find a searchable index of reports, toolkits, research papers, and other resources relevant to the Small and Growing Business Sector. Sort by clicking on the relevant tags, or by typing in key words in the box below.


Search all posts for:   


Top tags: sector publication  impact investing  Entrepreneurship  ANDE publication  Access to Finance  Global  2018  Social entrepreneurship  women  Development  accelerators  Africa  Economic Growth  SGB  SME  impact evaluation  finance  India  latin america  GALI  2016  Agriculture  ecosystem  social enterprise  gender  SGBs  investors  social impact  2017  Environment 

Reactivación de MiPyMEs latinoamericanas frente a la crisis del COVID-19

Posted By Anna Santiago, Aspen Institute, Thursday, August 27, 2020

Reactivación de MiPyMEs latinoamericanas frente a la crisis del COVID-19

Por ANDE y VIVA Idea

A causa de la crisis provocada por el COVID-19, las expectativas de falla generalizada entre las Micro, Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (MiPyMEs) en el mundo eran muy altas. Ante este escenario, el capítulo de Centroamérica y México de ANDE, en colaboración con VIVA Idea, Nauta y la alianza de Emprendedores frente al COVID-19, hicieron un esfuerzo para indagar la situación de las MiPyMEs latinoamericanas. Este reporte presenta el escenario tras algunas semanas de haber dado inicio la emergencia sanitaria y especialmente, las medidas de distanciamiento social y un escenario, transcurridos algunos meses, que permite evaluar cuáles han sido los retos más grandes a los que las MiPyMEs se han enfrentado y cuáles son sus necesidades para la construcción de una economía resiliente.

Lee el reporte en español aquí.


Reactivation of Latin American MSMEs in the face of the COVID-19 crisis

Due to the crisis caused by COVID-19, the expectations of widespread failure among Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the world were very high. Faced with this scenario, ANDE's Central America and Mexico chapter, in collaboration with VIVA Idea, Nauta and the alliance Emprendedores frente al COVID-19, made an effort to investigate the situation of Latin American MSMEs. This report presents the scenario after a few weeks of having started the health emergency and especially, the social distancing measures and a scenario, after a few months, that allows evaluating what have been the greatest challenges that MSMEs have faced and what are their needs for building a resilient economy.

Read the report in Spanish here.

Tags:  ANDE publication  COVID-19  Latin America 

PermalinkComments (0)

Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health: Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

Posted By Kara Gordon, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

By Linked Foundation and William Davidson Institute (WDI)

Investing in women’s health is a critical component of women’s economic and social development. However, while country economies and health systems have advanced, under-served women in Latin America have not necessarily obtained access to critical healthcare services and products. This report provides a landscape for impact investment women’s health focused in Colombia and Peru in order to catalyze impact investment interest and capital to the most-needed areas of women’s health in Latin America. More specifically, it identifies gaps in service provision, areas of opportunity for investment, pipeline opportunities, and examples of impact-forward, sustainability-oriented women’s health programs.

Read the full report here. 


Tags:  health  impact investment  latin america  sector publication  wome  women 

PermalinkComments (0)

Inclusão Financeira na América Latina

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019

Inclusão Financeira na América Latina 

O capítulo andino e o capítulo brasileiro criaram um relatório em conjunto que fornece uma visão geral do setor de inclusão financeira na América Latina, com foco no México e no Brasil. O relatório inclui um infográfico do cenário da inclusão financeira nos dois países, usando fatos e números apresentados ao longo de nossas reuniões e mesas-redondas do Learning Lab de Métricas.

Além disso, o relatório apresenta 3 tópicos relevantes sobre inclusão financeira: produtos e serviços financeiros centrados no usuário, infraestrutura necessária para acesso aos serviços financeiros e educação financeira. Cada tópico oferece uma introdução por especialistas e estudos de caso de diversos projetos na América Latina.

Leia o relatório completo aqui.

Tags:  ANDE publication  Brazil  financial inclusion  Inclusão Financeira  Latin America  Mexico 

PermalinkComments (0)

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America
by Value for Women

This report - a first of its kind focused on Latin America - summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America, primarily members of the ANDE network as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. The focus on the impact investing sector is important because gender equality should be front and center for Impact Investors seeking to achieve financial and social returns on their investments. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

Read full report here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  impact investing  latin america  women 

PermalinkComments (0)

Gender Lens Investing: How Finance Can Accelerate Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Gender Lens Investing: How Finance Can Accelerate Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean
by Leonora Buckland, Mar Cordobés, Stephanie Oueda Cruz and Lauren Murphy

This study is the first piece of detailed research on gender lens investing in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It adds to other regional analyses of gender lens investing emerging in the last few years in Asia and in Europe (authored by the same team as this report at the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation). The specific objectives of the study are to: 1) Describe the opportunity for different gender lens investing strategies in LAC; 2)Highlight key case studies and current activities in LAC; and 3) Offer top-level recommendations for how different players can put gender lens investing into practice. It is not intended to be a comprehensive landscaping of gender lens investing activities in LAC. IDB Invest's hope is that this research helps to catalyze more gender lens investing activities in the region by providing a much-needed starting point and reference for entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem players and corporates to explore and pursue such strategies. They also believe that it will be useful to investors not currently active in the region, but who are looking at global gender lens investing opportunities. Finally, it will help the global gender lens investing movement with a more detailed and synthesized regional overview.

Read full report here

Tags:  Caribbean  gender  gender inclusion  gender lens investing  impact investing  Latin America 

PermalinkComments (0)

Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2019

Expanding Financial Capability in Colombia
by Pablo Antón Díaz

This report describes the Center for Financial Inclusion's efforts to communicate best practices for developing financial education interventions to policymakers and practitioners via workshops in Colombia as well as an evaluation of the success
of their efforts. It also presents recommendations for further embedding behavioral insights into financial education programming so that practitioners and policymakers can deploy more effective interventions.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  financial education  financial inclusion  Latin America  Microfinance 

PermalinkComments (0)

The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America: 2016 & 2017 Trends

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2018
The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America: 2016 & 2017 Trends
by ANDE and the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA)

 ANDE and the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA) teamed up to release the second edition of The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America in October, 2018. 

The report offers an updated snapshot of the growing landscape of impact investing in Latin America. It shares insight about impact investment activity in the region—including a breakdown by sector, country, deal size, and stage—and compares this progress to 2014 and 2015. It concludes with investors’ expectations for 2018 and 2019.


Click below for the English, Portuguese, and Spanish versions of the report: 

Click here for the press release (in English).




Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  impact investing  latin america 

PermalinkComments (0)

Investing for Impact

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 6, 2017


By Agora Partnerships


Investing for Impact: 27 Investment Opportunities to Change the World outlines opportunities to support and invest in entrepreneurs across Latin America and the Caribbean who are solving the Sustainable Development Goals and building a more just, equitable society. These outstanding companies have gone through Agora’s Accelerator program and many are fully investment ready and looking for immediate capital. Every company in this book needs support - whether investment, advice, connections or access to markets - and every entrepreneur has been selected based on demonstration of the values of empathy, agency, curiosity and perseverance and their ability to create lasting, sustainable change.


Download the report here.

Tags:  accelerators  impact investing  Latin America  SDGs 

PermalinkComments (0)

The State of Impact Investing in Latin America

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016

The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America

By ANDE, LAVCA, & LGT Impact Ventures 

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), in partnership with the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), and LGT Impact Ventures has released a report on the growing landscape of impact investing in Latin America. Impact investing is a relatively nascent industry, and this report aims to fill the data gap in key Latin American markets.

The report covers trends in regional impact investing with a focus on impact measurement, talent, and gender. It explores fundraising, deals, and exits, and takes a deep dive into impact investing in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

Some Key Points: 

  • Seventy-eight firms reported that they have made impact investments in Latin America. the first impact investment was made in 1997
  • Twenty-eight impact investors headquartered in Latin America manage US $1.2 billion in assets under management (AUM)
  • The type of organizations making impact investments are diverse in size, organizational structure, the type of capital they have been able to raise, and their relative expectations for financial and impact return on investment
  • Respondents reported US$1.3 billion invested in 522 impact investing deals in 2014 and 2015
  • Respondents were optimistic about fundraising for 2016
  • Across Latin America, common challenges to entrepreneurial development include the lack of interested entrepreneurs with growth ambitions, a lack of early stage funding, and weak networks

The report is available for download in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Click to read and share the press release


Tags:  2016  ANDE publication  Brazil  Colombia  impact investing  Latin America  Mexico 

PermalinkComments (0)

Case Studies: Bringing Latin American SGBs into the future

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Case Studies on growing MSMEs in Latin America

by FUNDES.  

FUNDES is a consultancy firm that takes Latin American small and medium businesses into the future. They have recently released a series of case studies on their work to support small and growing businesses by partnering with corporations like SABMiller, Nescafe, and more. Read the following stories: 

Tags:  2016  Case Studies  Latin America  Shared Value 

PermalinkComments (0)
Page 1 of 3
1  |  2  |  3