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#ClosingTheGap Mekong: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessments

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019
Updated: Friday, May 3, 2019

#ClosingTheGap - Cambodia
by David Totten and Michael Smiddy

This country report highlights that the Cambodian entrepreneur ecosystem has good foundations based on active participation of motivated ‘ecosystem builders’ and successful entrepreneurs. However, the Cambodian Government needs to sustain broad-based improvements to the overall business environment.

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#ClosingTheGap - Laos
by Matt van Roosmalen and Latdamone Phodsavang

This country report highlights that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lao PDR depends on broad-based improvements to the overall business environment. Fast growing and larger SMEs with more internal capacity are more likely to benefit from a wider and more flexible selection of financial offerings, which would make continued growth possible and therefore allow them to emerge from the missing middle successfully.

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#ClosingTheGap - Myanmar 
by David Totten
, Grace Pyone Mya Moe Lwin and Matt van Roosmalen

This country report highlights that SMEs in Myanmar face familiar challenges to other developing economies, compounded by a political and economic environment that is still in transition. This has also impacted the financial sector, and consequently SMEs’ access to credit. A flourishing tech ecosystem indicates high potential, yet at this time, there have been few opportunities for SMEs with traditional business models.

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#ClosingTheGap - Vietnam
by Matt van Roosmalen and David Totten

This country report highlights that the Vietnamese entrepreneur ecosystem is developing very quickly, with an increasing number of participants and diversity of services. Support for ecosystem development is equally diverse, with government, development partners, and domestic and international private sector accounting for significant investment.

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Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  SMEs  southeast asia 

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Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fast-Forward Economic Growth

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

Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fast-Forward Economic Growth
by Mahmoud Makki, Alice Klat and Melissa Rizk

This report shows that successful scale-ups in the region generate on average 3.4 times more revenues and 8 times more jobs than other SMEs. Several countries have recognized the economic value of scale-ups and are developing tailored policies and programs for them. Similar initiatives in the MENA region could have a significant impact. By studying the importance of scale-ups in the context of their local markets, Strategy& Middle East identified priorities for policymakers to improve their local scale-ups ecosystems across four growth pillars: business fundamentals, business propellers, demand creators, and country readiness. Within these pillars, they have recognized several priority areas, including access to financing, talent, foreign markets, large customers, and regulatory relief. Success also depends on mobilizing an ecosystem of private and public players to orchestrate growth initiatives.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  MENA  scaling  SMEs 

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Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fastforward Economic Growth

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fastforward Economic Growth

by Mahoumad Makki, Alice Klat, Melissa Rizk, Amr Goussous, and Reem Goussous

This report identifies the value of and support necessary to assist SMEs in scaling up in their local markets across the Middle East and North Africa. It further identifies priority support areas for policymakers including business fundamentals, business propellers, demand creators and country readiness that, when appropriately addressed, can propel local economic growth.

Tags:  2019  East Africa  Endeavor publication  North Africa  smes 

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Partnership for Growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-Processing SMEs

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 4, 2018

Partnership for Growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-Processing SMEs
World Bank Group, Norad, Sida, Minstry of Foreign Affairs of Finlad, and UKaid

This report presents lessons learned from various models that public and private sector programs use
to stimulate growth of agro-processing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through linkages to larger firms in developing countries. The study considers the unique barriers that SMEs face and the market- driven approaches spurring SME growth by facilitating linkages to lead firms in challenging development contexts which might serve as a reference for policymakers, development practitioners, and private sector actors. The report presents approaches to successful, sustainable program design for public and private sector–led initiatives, in an effort to enrich the knowledge available to expand the opportunities for agro-processing, and to attract lead firms to partner with smaller ones. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  Agriculture  SMEs 

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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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SPARK's "Opportunities and Challenges to SME Development in Conflict Affected States"

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Thursday, August 14, 2014

The SPARK tracer survey on ‘Opportunities and Challenges to SME Development in Conflict Affected States’ was conducted in the summer of 2013 among 900 entrepreneurs in 9 countries. The survey was conducted in order to learn more about the effectiveness of SPARK’s small and medium enterprise interventions.

Two main findings of the survey show that existing businesses are better at creating jobs than start-ups and that young people create fewer jobs on average than other businesses. The survey also identifies 5 important business barriers experienced by the participating entrepreneurs.

Please read the attached survey for further details

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Tags:  conflict affected states  entrepreneurship  job creation  Sector publication  SMEs  youth 

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