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Creating the Environment for Entrepreneurial Success

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This special report from the Center for International Private Enterprise, Creating the Environment for Entrepreneurial Success, highlights the crucial environmental dimension of entrepreneurship ecosystems. Improving the conditions for entrepreneurship and leveling the playing field goes beyond the effort to help promising entrepreneurs. It expands the pool of potential entrepreneurs, builds incentives for entrepreneurship, eases the costs of doing business, and generates healthy competition. Policy and regulatory reforms should be integrated with comprehensive services to educate, finance, advise, and encourage entrepreneurs. Read more here

Center for International Private Enterprise

November 2013

Tags:  entrepreneurship  entrepreneurship ecosystems  environment  Sector Publication 

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Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Friday, October 18, 2013

Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid highlights the personal stories of the leaders of some of IFC’s inclusive business clients. These clients have developed innovative and successful business models that expand access to goods, services, and livelihoods for poor people, while generating strong financial returns - read more here

October, 2013

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Tags:  business models  Entrepreneurship  innovation  sector publication 

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Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa

Omidyar Network in partnership with Monitor Group, April 2013This 48-page report is the result of a three-phase research project launched in 2012 aimed to better understand the state of entrepreneurship in Africa.

Tags:  Africa  Entrepreneurship  sector publication 

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New Ventures: Voices of the Entrepreneurs

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Voices of the Entrepreneurs
Giulia Christianson, Kate Hyder, Aram Kang
World Resources Institute, November 2012

Click here to hear Jenny Everett, ANDE Associate Director, speak at the launch of this report.

Tags:  ANDE  Entrepreneurship  sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Harvard Business Review Blog - Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, April 5, 2012
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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor - 2010 Women's Report - Kelley, Brush, Greene & Litovsky

Posted By Saurabh Lall, ANDE, Thursday, December 15, 2011
The purpose of the GEM Women’s report is to examine women entrepreneurs around the world. The report seeks to understand differences in the frequency and nature of women’s entrepreneurship, and makes comparisons with men across various societies. Through interviews with more than 90,000 women, GEM discovered over 14,000 women entrepreneurs, studying their motivations for
starting ventures, as well as their ambitions for growth, innovation and expansion into international markets.

The researchers also analyzed societal attitudes about entrepreneurship, paying particular attention to differences in perceptions  among men and women. Furthermore, they explored the impact of the recession on views about starting and growing businesses among women and men entrepreneurs.

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Tags:  Dataset  Entrepreneurship  global  sector publication  women 

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Assessing and Mapping the Global Finance Gap for Women-owned MSMEs

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

June 2011

Leaders at the G20 Summit in Seoul endorsed the Financial Inclusion Action Plan and the creation of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. The SME Finance task group of the GPFI has introduced a workstream to address the unique challenges women entrepreneurs face in growing their businesses, which are major bottlenecks to growth and development. This work is building off of the previous MSME finance gap and mapping exercises completed by IFC and McKinsey last year

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Tags:  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  sector publication  Women 

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Survival Guide for the Woman Entrepreneur/Small-Business Owner

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011


Women-owned businesses (WOBs)—defined as privately held firms in which women own 51 percent or more of the businesses—are increasing at twice the rate of all businesses today, and have done so for nearly three decades. More than 28 percent of all businesses in the United States are owned by women. Only 4.2 percent of this country‘s revenue, however, is generated by women-owned businesses. One probable explanation is that the majority of these businesses are relatively small and have been in business for a relatively short period of time (69 percent began in 2000 or later). Yet, of the estimated 10.5 million women entrepreneurs in the U.S., only three percent have hit one million dollars in revenue.

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UNDP Bangladesh Women and Youth entrepreneurship

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011


Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries and the population is predominantly rural, with about 85 per cent of its 140 million people living in rural areas. Rural people depend mainly on the land for their livelihoods, which is both fertile and extremely vulnerable and large areas are at risk because of frequent floods and cyclones.

It is estimated that rural poverty rates now stands at around 50 per cent, and more than 25 per cent of rural households live in extreme poverty. With this existing situation, chronically poor people, especially women,suffer persistent food insecurity, own no cultivable land or assets, are often illiterate and may also suffer serious illnesses or disabilities. One of the main causes of rural poverty in Bangladesh is extreme climate and a large proportion of the country is low-lying and vulnerable to flooding. Many rural poor people live in areas subject to extreme annual flooding, which can destroy their crops, homes and livelihoods. Another root cause of rural poverty has been the enormous population growth and the pressure it has placed on the environment; unleashing problems such as erosion and flooding that in turn aggravate the situation of rural poor people.

Women are among the poorest of the rural poor, especially when they are the heads of their households,such as widows or wives of men who have migrated in search of employment. They suffer discrimination because of their gender, they have scarce income-earning opportunities and their nutritional intake is often inadequate. Among extremely poor people, there is a disproportionate number of households headed by women.

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Tags:  Bangladesh  Entrepreneurship  sector publication  Women  Youth 

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The Global Glass Ceiling

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

May/June 2010

Over the last several decades, it has become accepted wisdom that improving the status of women is one of the most critical levers of international development. When women are educated and can earn and control income, a number of good results follow: infant mortality declines, child health and nutrition improve, agricultural productivity rises, population growth slows, economies expand, and cycles of poverty are broken.

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Tags:  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  sector publication  Women 

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