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Growth and Opportunity: The Landscape of Organizations that Support Small and Growing Businesses in the Developing World

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

Commissioned by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) as part of its own strategic planning process, this study maps the landscape of the SGB sector, and in so doing, determines both the challenges facing SGB intermediaries and how ANDE and other organizations should support the field in addressing these challenges. 

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Tags:  access to finance  ANDE publication  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Policy  SGB 

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Wield entrepreneurship as key foreign policy tool

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Monday, November 19, 2012
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Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The world is on the brink of a revolution in how we solve society’s toughest problems. The force driving this revolution is “impact investing”, which harnesses entrepreneurship, innovation and capital to power social progress. This report, Impact Investing: The Invisible Heart of Markets – Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good, examines what is needed to catalyse the growth of a global market for impact investment. It makes recommendations that can be implemented across Taskforce countries and beyond to deliver better social outcomes and improve millions of lives across the world. 

The crash of 2008 highlighted the need for a renewed effort to ensure that finance helps build a healthy society rather than endanger it. This requires a paradigm shift in capital market thinking, from two-dimensions to three. By bringing a third dimension, impact, to the traditional capital market priorities of risk and return, impact investing has the potential to transform our ability to build a better society for all.

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Tags:  access to finance  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Policy  Sector publication 

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Women's Entrepreneurship Development in Vietnam - Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry & the Industrial Labour Organisation

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Thursday, November 17, 2011
September 2007

Women play a very important role in the economic development of Vietnam. They are involved in business activities at all levels, making
important contributions to economic growth. Nowadays, Vietnamese women are increasingly active in parts of the economy that were previously considered male domain. Women entrepreneurs also create jobs. By December 2005, it was estimated that 24% of the 113,352 incorporated enterprises were owned by women. On top of that, an estimated 27% of 3 million household businesses are owned by women.

The research underlying this report aimed to assess the development patterns of women- and men-owned enterprises in Vietnam. It  identified the constraints and opportunities faced by male and female entrepreneurs as well as their needs with emphasis on the demands for business development services and representation.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  policy  sector publication  Vietnam  women 

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Patterns of Business Creation, Survival and Growth: Evidence from Africa - World Bank - Klapper, Richmond

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, November 14, 2011
October 2011

The authors study firm dynamics using a novel database of all formally registered firms in Cote d'Ivoire from 1977 to 1997, which account for about 60 percent of gross domestic product. They examine entry and exit patterns and the role of new and exiting firms versus incumbents in job creation and destruction. They find that while the rate of job creation at new firms is quiet high—at 8 percent on average—the number of jobs added by new firms is small in absolute terms. 


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Tags:  Cote d'Ivoire  Entrepreneurship  Jobs  Policy  sector publication  SME  West Africa 

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Doing Business 2011: Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, November 14, 2011
2010

Doing Business 2011 is the eighth in a series of annual reports benchmarking the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. The report presents quantitative indicators on business regulation and the protection of property rights for 183 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The data are current as of June 2010.
A fundamental premise of Doing Business is that economic activity requires good rules—rules that establish and clarify property rights and reduce the cost of resolving disputes; rules that increase the predictability of economic interactions and provide contractual partners with certainty and protection against abuse. The objective is regulations designed to be efficient, accessible to all and simple in their implementation. Doing Business gives higher scores in some areas for stronger property rights and investor protections, such as stricter disclosure requirements in related-party transactions.

Doing Business takes the perspective of domestic, primarily smaller companies and measures the regulations applying to them through their life cycle. Economies are ranked on the basis of 9 areas of regulation—for starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and closing a business. In addition, data are presented for regulations on employing workers and for a set of pilot indicators on getting electricity.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Global  policy  private sector development  sector publication 

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Women, Business and the Law: Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies - IFC/World Bank

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Thursday, October 27, 2011
Summer 2011

Women, Business and the Law objectively highlights differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 economies around the world, covering six areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit and going to court. Women, Business and the Law describes regional trends and shows how economies are changing across these six areas, tracking governments’ actions to expand economic opportunities for women.


The empirical evidence suggests that, slowly but surely, governments are making progress in expanding opportunities for
women. From June 2009 to March 2011, Women, Business and the Law recorded 46 legal and regulatory changes occurring
in 39 economies that affected the indicators. Without doubt, 41 of these changes were aimed at achieving greater gender
parity and reducing legal differentiation between men and women, with Kenya leading the way with the highest number
of changes in this positive direction.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Global  Policy  sector publication  Women 

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