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State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, July 3, 2019

State of the Small & Growing Business Sector 2018
by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Since 2009, ANDE has been tracking the growth and impact of the small and growing business sector in emerging market economies for our annual State of the Sector report. This report examines global trends in support for small and growing businesses through capacity development services, direct private investment, and donor funding, as well as specific trends in the regions covered by each of our eight chapters: the Andes, Brazil, Central America and Mexico, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, South Africa, and West Africa.

Report highlights:

Capacity Development Services

  • GALI data finds that, in the aggregate, accelerators in emerging markets are a good investment.
  • ANDE members providing classroom training almost always bundle this with other types of capacity development services and are highly unlikely to provide this training alone.

SGB Investing

  • In 2018, at least 56 new SGB-inclusive investment vehicles launched, with a median target AUM of US $50 million (the highest median target tracked by ANDE to date).
  • A large majority of ANDE members are actively engaging in gender inclusive activities; however, only 10% actively use a restrictive screen to avoid exposure to SGBs with poor gender diversity records.

Donor Funding

  • This year, ANDE dug deeper into donor funding supporting SGBs in emerging markets and found that multilaterals, bilaterals, and DFIs disbursed $7.4 billion to support SMEs in 2017.
  • Using the OECD’s Creditor Reporting System, ANDE found that gender-related SME donor funding is only a small percentage of all SME-related disbursements.

Regional Insights

In 2018 ANDE added a new chapter in the Andean region of Latin America based out of Bogota, Colombia. Find capacity development, investing, and donor funding insights on this new chapter, as well as ANDE’s 7 other regional chapters, in the regional insights section of the report. 

Read the full report here.

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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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