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Annual Conference 2017 Recap

2017 ANDE Annual Conference
September 25 - 27, 2017
Leesburg, VA

 In 2017, 267 participants from 170 organizations and 33 countries gathered at the ANDE Annual Conference to discuss pressing issues of the small and growing business sector.

Below are some highlights from the conference as well as a file library of presentations and notes from the various panels and breakout sessions. Check out our facebook page for the full photo album from the conference. 

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Keynote Speaker: Magatte Wade, Founder, Tiossan 
Keynote speaker Magatte Wade traced her journey from Senegal to the US, and why she couldn’t leave her homeland behind. She passionately discussed how she works to help Senegal move from poverty to prosperity through entrepreneurship, and how to address obstacles that hinder entrepreneurs. Check out a post-interview video recap here.

© The Aspen Institute: Photo by Laurence Genon
Keynote Speaker, Magatte Wade

Plenary: "Developments in Development"
Rob Schneider of USAID, Stephanie Kimber from DFAT, and Esther Pan Sloane of UNCDF shared how government and international organizations are encouraging innovation to open more opportunities for SGBs. They challenged ANDE members to take a proactive role in building a pipeline for bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations, to work with the government to change laws to create more entrepreneurship-friendly environments, and to ensure we are working with each other.


Developments in Development Plenary 


ANDE members also shared new ideas and challenges to the SGB sector through ten-minute Micro-Talks:

  • Allie Burns from Village Capital asked us to examine our innovation blind spots.
  • Harvey Koh from FSG encouraged us to include the public sector and civil society if we really want to make markets inclusive.
  • Eleanor Allen of Water for People challenged us to see sludge as a renewable resource that forms part of a circular economy.
  • Jonathan Lewis, representing MCE Social Capital and Opportunity Collaboration, reminded us that we need a politics of kindness as he shared the inspiration behind his new book, The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur.
  • Priya Naik from Samhita Social Ventures gave us practical insight into how her organization facilitate partnerships between social enterprises and companies in India.


                                                                                                     © The Aspen Institute: Photo by Laurence Genon
Members networking during coffee break

ANDE Member of the Year

Peter Bamkole (Banky), our West Africa Steering Committee Chair and pioneer of the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-Atlantic University, received this year’s Member of the Year Award. Banky’s dedication to helping our West Africa Chapter thrive, combined with his generous and kind spirit, have always made him stand out. This year we’re thrilled to recognize his efforts to go the extra mile.

                                                                                                Member of the year, Peter Bamkole

Report Launch Rundown
ANDE members seized the opportunity to share major announcements and report launches with the network. Below are direct links to some of our member's latest developments:


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ANDE Annual Conference 2017: Notes and Resources

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