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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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Paths to Prosperity: Promoting Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

Posted By Lauren Farello, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, November 23, 2015

Entrepreneurship is one of the driving forces of the modern global economy. It is a primary source of job creation, prosperity, and economic competitiveness. But although the effects of entrepreneurship on economic progress are widely recognized, there is little understanding of how best to promote it. In this Monitor Group paper, the authors' key findings are:

  • Although most research on entrepreneurship policy occurs at the national level, entrepreneurship is in critical ways a local phenomenon.
  • Surveys of entrepreneurs around the world indicate that much conventional wisdom about these policy areas is misleading or simply wrong.
  • The authors then leverage those findings to prescribe a series of key activities and policies that leaders can leverage to promote entrepreneurship, enhance prosperity, and create job growth.

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    Tags:  economics  Entrepreneurship  job creation  sector publication 

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    CDC Annual Review

    Posted By Stephanie Buck, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 2, 2015

    CDC, a development finance institution whose mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places. has released their 2014 Annual Review. It holds some interesting insights into job creation.

    Here are some highlights: 

    • A large sample of CDC-backed businesses in Africa and South Asia contributed to the creation of nearly 1.3 million new direct and indirect jobs and livelihoods in 2014 (n=388).
    • These businesses directly employed 533,000 workers.
    • The businesses impacted a further 10.8 million people when indirect employment effects, such as supply chains, wages and increased access to power and financial services were taken into account.

    Tags:  africa  employment  Job Creation  Sector publication  southeast asia 

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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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    IFC Jobs Study - Assessing Private sector contributions to job creation and poverty reduction

    Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, January 25, 2013
    IFC Jobs Study - Assessing Private sector contributions to job creation and poverty reduction

    IFC, January 2013

    This report is the result of an open-source study to assess the direct and indirect effects of private sector activity on job creation. The report examines how and under what conditions the private sector can best contribute to job creation and poverty reduction, drawing on a review of the literature and evaluations; surveys of more than 45,000 businesses in over 100 countries; a website, blog, and essay competition to solicit outside views; macro and micro case studies of IFC clients; and IFC’s own operational experience and lessons learned.

    Tags:  Human Capital  Impact Investing  job creation  private sector development  sector publication 

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    Creating Jobs That Reduce Poverty: A Research Agenda on Developing Country Gazelles

    Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, November 8, 2012
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    SME Innovators and Gazelles in MENA - The World Bank

    Posted By Saurabh Lall, Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    Published September 2011

    The Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region faces no greater challenge than employment generation. An expanding literature on
    "gazelles” suggests that a small percentage of fast-growing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) generate the majority of new jobs in
    diverse economies. This paper observes the characteristics of fast growing SMEs included in World Bank Investment Climate Assessment (ICA) enterprise surveys in the MENA region. The identified enterprises characteristics associated with high growth among SMEs include being an innovator, offering workers formal training and receiving an international quality certification.

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    Tags:  Gazelles  High-Growth Entrepreneurship  Job Creation  Middle-East  North Africa  sector publication 

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