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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2017

Posted By Brianna Losoya, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018

State of the Small & Growing Business Sector:

2017 Impact Report

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs 

Since 2009 ANDE has been tracking the state of the small and growing business (SGB) sector to assess its growth and impact on emerging market economies. This year’s report begins with an overview of SGB intermediaries in 2017. including data on capacity development services, direct investments into SGBs, and donor funding. Next, the report focuses on trends and activities at ANDE’s seven regional chapters that were active in 2017: Brazil, Central America/Mexico, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, South Africa, and West Africa.  

Here are some report insights. Check out the report to get the full picture.

Capacity Development Services

  • Over half of ANDE members say they prioritize gender inclusion. Of the capacity development providers that completed the survey, 77 percent said they prioritize gender inclusion, as opposed to 54 percent of investors.
  • GALI has identified over 500 accelerators working globally, at least 218 of which operate in emerging markets. 
  • Corporate foundations are important funders in the sector, and corporate social responsibility units often facilitate important capacity development services. However, data shows that the majority of ANDE member partnerships focus on the corporation’s core business unit.

SGB Investing

  • Over 400 investment vehicles have launched in the past 10 years that invest in emerging market SGBs, with an estimated US $11 billion in committed capital.
  • Forty-seven investment vehicles launched in 2017, and a third of these focus on the information, communications, and technology (ICT) sector.
  • According to the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA), US $217 million was invested in deals US $2 million and under in 2017, which represents 21 percent of total emerging market deals.

Donor Funding for the SGB Sector

  • In 2016, Funding for SMEs declined to US $3.7 billion from US $4.1 billion in 2015.
  • European donors and institutions continued to make up 80 percent of all donor disbursements to SMEs in 2016.
  • In 2016, Turkey received the most SME funding for the third consecutive year, receiving one third of all funding allocated to SMEs from 2012 to 2016.

Regional Insights

ANDE’s regional chapters promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among local ANDE members and support regional activities and advocacy efforts that support SGBs in the region. This section of the report highlights data on each entrepreneurial ecosystem, and regional leaders’ perspectives on key trends for each region. 

 

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Tags:  2017  ANDE publication  impact  sector publication  sgb  sme  Social Entrepreneurship  State 

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Small and Growing Businesses in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 4, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Small and Growing Businesses in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges
ADA – Appui au Développement Autonome

In Sub-Saharan Africa as elsewhere, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in economic development and job creation. However, because of a general lack of knowledge about this particular segment, the sector hardly achieves its full potential. In order to better meet MSMEs’ needs, a first step consists in identifying the profiles, growth paths, success factors and challenges faced by those who managed to turn their microenterprises into small or medium entities, referred to as Small and Growing Business (SGB) owners.

As microenterprises are likely to resort to microfinance institutions to get access to financial services, ADA has coordinated a series of three studies relying on five MFIs in Ethiopia, Kenya and Madagascar in order to identify a sample of SGB owners and interview them individually to get details about their paths.

This study is the synthesis of these three surveys and specifically aims at providing detailed information about entrepreneurs’ profiles, about the main challenges and obstacles they faced through their growing process and about their current financial and non-financial needs. Based on such information, general recommendations are made to financial services providers and all kinds of organizations supporting MSMEs.

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Tags:  Africa  SGB  SME  Social entrepreneurship 

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SME Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted By Genevieve Edens, Aspen Institute, Friday, September 22, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SME FINANCE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: HOW DO WE ACHIEVE SIGNIFICANT SCALE AND REACH?

by Enclude, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, and the Shell Foundation

Enclude, ANDE, and the Shell Foundation conducted this research in 2016 and 2017, with generous participation from leading providers of SME finance globally through roundtables, workshops, and interviews.  The study focuses on SMEs that are commercially viable with five to 250 employees and have significant potential and ambition for growth. Within this segment, our "Target Market" focus is on businesses in the “validate” and “prepare” stages seeking growth and working capital of between $250,000 and $1 million. 

State of the Market

 We estimate there are 9.4 million formal and informal SMEs in this Target Market with a financing gap upwards of $70 billion

Some financing models show solid commercial promise, but subsidy will be necessary for many years to come. Grant, sub-commercial, and quasi-commercial capital will all be required in greater proportions in order to leverage more commercial capital. DFIs will remain as the main investors, but will need to re-calibrate and re-frame their return expectations, and look to lead and be part of bridging solutions and systemic interventions. 

5 Promising Approaches to Move the Market

A material increase would require growth in the quantum of financing – targeting an additional $3 billion in financing by 2020-2022, led with funding from Development Finance Institutions, as well as donors, foundations, and corporations. Five of the most promising approaches to unlocking this capital, listed in order of absorptive capacity and investor appetite are: 

  •  Commercial Bank with an SME Unit 
  • Investment fund providing mezzanine financing
  • Asset-backed financing
  • Flexible debt instrument
  • Tailored private equity fund 

4 Calls to Action 

  • Build a robust data set that sharpens insights of size, distribution, trajectory, and returns
  • Go deep in one country to demonstrate the viability of the five most promising approaches
  • Unlock domestic capital markets, the only viable solution to foreign exchange issues 
  • Support local talent required to sustain reliable support for target SMEs

Download the executive summary & call to action slides here.

For a narrative version, click here. 

 

Tags:  access to finance  ANDE publication  finance  SGB  SME 

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SME Program: Five Years in Review

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

SME Program:
Five Years in Review

by Innovations for Poverty Action

In this report, IPA present some highlights from their SME research portfolio, lessons learned in each of their program’s focus areas, details about the events they have hosted, and information about what they do to support, create, and promote evidence in the SME sector.

Download the case study here.

Tags:  innovation  poverty  sector publication  SME  SMEs 

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New Perspectives on Financing Small Cap SME's in Emerging Markets

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Perspectives on Financing Small Cap SME's in Emerging Markets:
The Case for Mezzanine Finance

by the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)/Investment funds local SME

 In search for new models to provide risk capital, mezzanine finance, which blends elements from traditional Private Equity (PE) and debt financing into a unique product, provides an additional offer in the SME finance ecosystem for missing middle entrepreneurs.

As a relatively young and rather complex segment in the impact investing space, the commissioned study 'Publication of new perspectives on financing small cap SMEs in emerging markets: the case for mezzanine finance' provides an understanding of the specificities, diversity (and complexities) of it, critical to spur innovative thinking on both the fund managers and investors sides so products may be improved and models may be more scalable.

This study is the first of its kind and represents a first step into building small cap SME mezzanine finance as an asset class on its own.

Tags:  2016  finance  Financing Mechanisms  SME 

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Unleashing the full potential of the Kenyan SME sector

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The first report in the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) #ClosingTheGap series has identified four main gaps in the Kenyan entrepreneurial ecosystem that hamper the growth of local enterprises. The study shares insights about the challenges and obstacles the different sub segments of the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector face in Kenya.

This update study on the key challenges that the 'missing middle' face in Kenya diagnoses the Kenyan entrepreneurial ecosystem, focusing specifically on the financial services offerings for local SMEs. DGGF has collaborated with ANDE and EAVCA for this study. Make sure to check it out. 


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Tags:  access to finance  Financing Mechanisms  Kenya  SME 

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Scaling-Up SME Access to Financial Services in the Developing World

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report focuses on the scaling up of SMEs. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in economic development, particularly in emerging countries. Studies indicate that formal SMEs contribute up to 45 percent of employment and up to 33 percent of GDP in developing economies; these numbers are significantly higher when taking into account the estimated contributions of SMEs operating in the informal sector. The informal sector presents one of the greatest challenges in the SME space, with issues that go well beyond finance. In the context of the international development agenda, and given the critical importance of job creation in the recovery cycle following the recent financial crisis, promoting SME development appears to be an impor- tant priority. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Credit Gap - Two Trillion and Counting

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 This report reviews micro, small, and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs—enterprises that typically have fewer than 250 employees) that contribute significantly to economic development. This is particularly evident in developing countries, where formal MSMEs represent approximately 45 percent of employment and approximately 33 percent of GDP.2 This contribution to economic development is even greater when informal MSMEs—that is, enterprises that are not formally registered—are included. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Stimulating Investment in Emerging-Market SMEs

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Although many large institutions have begun to stabilize and recover from the global financial crisis, a serious credit crunch continues. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face particular challenges to survival and growth. Even in good economic times, these firms lack access to flexible capital, constraining their ability to expand. The current environment exacerbates this difficulty, leading to a dangerous trend because it affects the broader economy. 

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Tags:  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Investing for Social & Environmental Impact

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
There are moments in history when the needs of an age prompt lasting, positive innovation in finance—from ideas as big as the invention of money, to the creation of new institutions such as banks and insurance firms, to the development of new products and services such as mortgages, pensions, and mutual funds.

Evidence suggests that many thousands of people and institutions around the globe believe our era needs a new type of investing. They are already ex- perimenting with it, and many of them continue even in the midst of a financial and credit crisis. That’s why the idea of using profit-seeking investment to generate social and environmental good is moving from a periphery of activist investors to the core of mainstream financial institutions. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SGB  SME  Social Entrepreneurship 

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