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Decent Work and Economic Growth in the SGB Sector

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Decent Work and Economic Growth in the SGB Sector

This issue brief, part of a series published by ANDE in 2019, is designed to create a common knowledge base from which the Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector can work in the hopes of advancing towards selected development goals. This brief explains how SGB support organizations can help achieve SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth, through the examination of SGBs as job creators in emerging markets, SGBs as drivers of economic growth in emerging markets, and SGBs and the changing nature of work. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  Job Creation  SGBs 

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A Roadmap for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) Sector

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 4, 2019
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019

A Roadmap for the Small and Growing Business (SGB) Sector
Prepared by Monitor Deloitte for ANDE

This Roadmap outlines the expected transformations in the sector over the next ten years, and the challenges and opportunities inherent to such change.  ANDE provides high-level strategic direction to sector support organizations through a set of 13 recommendations, which can be summarized by their four overarching pillars: improving access to capital, talent, and markets, and improving the enabling environment.  Monitor Deloitte served as a primary researcher for this Roadmap and consulted ANDE leadership and staff throughout the process.

Read the full Roadmap here. 

Tags:  ANDE publication  sector publication  SGBs 

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Networking Works: Peer-to-Peer Business Networks Help Small and Growing Businesses Grow Revenues and Create Jobs

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

Networking Works: Peer-to-Peer Business Networks Help Small and Growing Businesses Grow Revenues and Create Jobs
Published by Argidius Foundation

This report investigates the role of SGBs in economic growth and the key success factors of business networks for SGBs. It also spotlights the impact of two organizations – Enablis Senegal and CEED Moldova – on SGB growth. Finally, the report outlines implications for funders, ecosystem builders, SGB-support organizations and SGBs. 

Read full report here. 

Tags:  networking  SGBs 

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The Importance of Impact Measurement and Management in Small and Growing Business Support

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 19, 2018
The Importance of Impact Measurement and Management in Small and Growing Business Support
by ANDE South Africa

ANDE's South Africa chapter released this Impact Stories Booklet in November 2018. The booklet highlights the importance of impact measurement and management (IMM) in small and growing business support, drawing on stories from members of ANDE South Africa's Metrics Learning Lab. It highlights their measurement approaches, impact successes and their learnings in impact measurement. The booklet also shares conversations that have been taking place at the Metrics Learning Lab to encourage further dialogue in the sector and foster a greater commitment to IMM amongst SGB support organizations. Click here to read the full booklet.

Tags:  2018  ande publication  impact management  impact measurement  metrics  SGBs  south africa 

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A Research Agenda for the Small and Growing Business Sector: Summarizing the Current Evidence and Research Needs

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 9, 2018
A Research Agenda for the Small and Growing Business Sector: Summarizing the Current Evidence and Research Needs
by ANDE and the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics

ANDE and the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics released the report A Research Agenda for the SGB Sector in November 2018. Hundreds, if not thousands, of programs exist to help drive business growth in emerging markets. But what does the evidence actually tell us about whether these programs help businesses grow? And what can practitioners learn from this evidence to design more effective interventions? This knowledge synthesis summarizes the current evidence, identifies gaps in the academic research, and proposes a practitioner-oriented research agenda for the sector.

Want to learn more? You can read the full knowledge synthesis here, in addition to the practitioner summary.

Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  Economic Growth  SGBs 

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Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong
Pauline Tan, Swee-Sum Lam
The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) 

The study reviews the current state of impact investments in Singapore and Hong Kong, particularly those that have engaged with foundations. It further looks at the trends and challenges of the impact investment sector before presenting a list of recommendations.

Impact investment assets globally represent a mere 0.2 percent of global wealth as reported by the Global Impact Investing Network. By increasing this share to just two percent, the potential of impact investments can reach over US$2 trillion (UNDP, 2016). Impact investments can play a significant role in sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region, potentially providing socio- economic progress for the billions of people living in the region. Foundations in the region can potentially play a significant role given the billions of assets they can deploy. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  Asia  impact investing  impact investment  investors  SGBs 

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Understanding How to Unleash the Untapped Potential of Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This report was written by Value for Women (VFW) in collaboration with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (“The Foundation”) as part of its Road to Women’s Business Growth initiative in Mexico, supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation

It summarizes a more comprehensive assessment undertaken in 2017 which examined the characteristics of women-led, small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Mexico. Aimed at understanding Mexico’s current entrepreneurial ecosystem and the financial and non-financial barriers facing female entrepreneurs, the assessment offered recommendations for how different actors can support women entrepreneurs. It informed the design of the Road to Women’s Business Growth project in Mexico, which uses a blended learning approach (a combination of face-to-face and online training and business development support) to support women SGB owners to become successful entrepreneurs. 

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Tags:  2018  gender  mexico  sector publication  SGBs  women 

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Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 20, 2017

Beyond Investment: The power of capacity building support

By the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

Impact investors seek to achieve meaningful positive change through their investments, including greatly improving the quality of life of underserved people around the world, and ensuring a sustainable and healthy planet. These investors often work in challenging environments with untested business models. Capacity-building support, also known as technical assistance, is a vital tool used by many investors to complement their investments and expand and deepen their impact.

I am pleased to share our report, Beyond Investment: The Power of Capacity-Building Support, which illuminates current capacity-building practice and invites a discussion about how to elevate future practice. This report documents how capacity-building support can contribute to the impact that investors are able to achieve, and surfaces three key insights about the current state of such support in impact investing: 

Download the report here.

Tags:  capacity development  impact investing  SGBs 

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Case Study: Honey Care Africa, Open Capital Advisors, Root Capital, Lundin Foundation, Grameen Foundation

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) in the developing world. ANDE members believe that support for SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, produce environmental and social benefits, and ultimately help lift developing countries out of poverty. We also believe that in order to thrive, SGBs need an entire ecosystem that promotes their growth. This series of stories from the SGB sector highlights the power of collaboration among ecosystem actors. To read the full article please click here 
September 2013

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Economic Growth  ecosystem  SGBs 

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London Member Meeting Recap- Presentation Slides

Posted By Daina Ruback, Aspen Institute, Friday, April 18, 2014


On April 8, 2014, ANDE members and friends gathered in London at the Shell Foundation for our annual Member Meetings and Anniversary Celebration.  The daytime workshop included updates from several ANDE members on current initiatives, as well as breakout sessions on women's entrepreneurship, talent development, capital aggregation, and funders' use of challenges.  

At the bottom of this post, you can find the following documents attached:

  • Agenda

  • Presentation: Catalyst for Growth Program Update- JP Morgan, Rafia Qureshi

  • Presentation: Updates from the field: edge- Talent Development, Manuela Mueller

  • Presentation: Capital Aggregation Working Group breakout session, John Kohler

  • Presentation: Women's Entrepreneurship: YFE Update

  • Presentation: State of the Sector, Randall Kempner

We celebrated our 5th anniversary in style, with a great panel moderated by Peter Day of the BBC and the presentation of our ANDE 5 year video:

Many thanks to those who were able to attend this great day! We saw many familiar faces, but also lots of new ones, and are delighted at how the ANDE family has grown over the past five years.  

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Tags:  ANDE Members  London  SGBs 

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