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COVID-19
Supporting entrepreneurial ecosystems through the COVID-19 crisis and recovery.

The effect of COVID-19 on economies around the world has been unprecedented. While evidence on this impact is only beginning to emerge, it is clear that the economic damage has been particularly severe for SGBs in developing economies. Given the importance of SGBs to economic growth and job creation, supporting these businesses—and the organizations that support them—must be a critical part of the global recovery.

ANDE's COVID-19 Response

To best support our members and the overall SGB sector during the ongoing crisis, ANDE is continuously working to understand our members’ evolving needs and adjust our programming to best serve those needs. ANDE provides relevant resources and a platform for sharing adaptation strategies through our communications channels and this resource page. We facilitate peer learning through more than ten events to date in our COVID-19 webinar series (contact ANDE for password), and explore ongoing learning and action opportunities for the network.

COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs

ANDE and more than eighty leading global organizations have joined the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, founded in April 2020 to help mobilize support for social entrepreneurs and to raise awareness of the vital role they play – during the crisis and beyond. The Alliance was initiated by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Yunus Social Business with support from the GHR Foundation. Since its inception, the Alliance has sought to pool knowledge, experiences and resources to further its individual and collective firing power in support of social entrepreneurs who are acting as first responders to the crisis throughout the world.

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R3 Coalition

ANDE has joined the Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition (R3 Coalition), launched in May 2020 with the goal to streamline impact investing efforts that will address the large-scale social and economic consequences of COVID-19. This initiative is managed by the Global Impact Investing Network and will focus on surfacing and showcasing investment opportunities – particularly those related to health interventions and access to capital – for investors seeking new COVID-related investments. The R3 Coalition will also share learnings, insights, and resources with the wider investment community to inform and support longer-term economic recovery and resilience efforts.

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"The effect of COVID-19 on economies around the world has been unprecedented. While evidence on this impact is only beginning to emerge, it is clear that the economic damage has been particularly severe for SGBs in emerging markets. This issue brief summarizes initial evidence regarding the impact of COVID-19 on SGBs and the SGB support sector more broadly in emerging markets. Read the brief, which summarizes current risks, impacts, and needs so that organizations and individuals who support SGBs can ensure more effective interventions.This report was prepared as part of the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy, with generous support from the initiative’s founding partner Mastercard."

"In May 2020, ANDE released an issue brief summarizing initial evidence from the first phase of the crisis in March and April 2020 regarding the impact of COVID-19 on SGBs and the SGB support sector more broadly in emerging markets. As the crisis and its effects on the sector continue to develop, we are working to keep updating information with new data and insights. This addendum to the brief presents new data collected in May-June 2020 from ANDE members regarding their needs, actions they are taking, and updated impressions of the impact that the crisis is having and will have on the sector."

"This issue brief is an addendum to the global COVID-19 issue brief published by ANDE. It summarizes the initial evidence emerging from the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem, including challenges, risks, and needs that have arisen from the community, to help guide the response. The research for this brief was developed as part of the Global Inclusive Growth Partnership, a joint collaboration between the Aspen Institute and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth."

May 13, 2021

Last year, the pandemic made the ability to shift operations online even more pressing, and often a matter of business survival. Digitalization is crucial to provide support to entrepreneurs globally through training, mentorship, networking opportunities and other services.

May 11, 2021

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) releases new research on organizations that promote entrepreneurship and support rural MSMEs. Each snapshot provides local data on available services and most needed support, with additional insights regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 21, 2020

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network working to advance emerging market entrepreneurship, recently partnered with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support a set of partnerships explicitly designed to help small and growing businesses (SGBs) improve their own approaches to collecting and using data on gender to increase their impact. These projects were more than an exercise in changing perspectives. Instead, we collectively and purposefully attempted to “flip the script” toward empowering business owners and managers with the agency and tools to harness their data – not for the researcher’s benefit, but for their own business and community development.