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Learning Labs

ANDE's Learning Labs are neutral convening spaces for diverse practitioners to share best practices and new research, discuss hot topics, and learn from one another. The Labs can also offer a venue for joint research or action on key issues. Learning Labs are for Members only. Learning Labs operate at different levels some including a only a quarterly newsletter and others meeting as often as quarterly in person and virtually. Most labs are led by members.

We also offer regional learning labs that convene in-person and sometimes in the local language of the region. They may be viewed below and accessed on our Regional Chapter pages

ANDE Members: Sign in above, select each Learning Lab of interest and click Join Group to receive updates on calls and meetings. View a video here if you need help joining a group.

Global Learning Labs

Learning Lab Types and Current Levels:

Type

Description

Meetings

Newsletters

Group

 

Listserv

Quarterly Newsletter only – no ANDE Member co-leads

None

Yes

Youth

In-Person Engagement

This group will focus on in person convenings at our major events (ex: Annual Conference, London Member Meeting, Local Happy Hour or Networking events) and will have the option of hosting knowledge sharing webinars on our Sector Update Call aligning with the current timing (3rd Wednesday of every month) and format of presentation and time for question and answer for one to two member organizations. Learning lab requests will be slotted in along with other member requests for scheduling.

Ad Hoc when Co-Leads request -- will meet during Sector Update Call Timeslot and/or at In person events

Yes


Corporate Partnerships

Metrics & Research

Sustainable Agribusiness

SGB Finance

Talent

Knowledge Sharing

Information sharing in person one to two times a year and a minimum of two webinars per year. In total, there will be at least four meetings a year.

Quarterly - In person or webinar

Yes

Gender Inclusion

Policy, Legal, Regulatory

Funder (Invite Only)


 

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS LEARNING LAB

The objective of this lab is to create new opportunities for strategic partnerships between corporations and others in the broader ANDE community that advance ANDE’s purpose of supporting and scaling SGBs.

 

GENDER INCLUSION LEARNING LAB

The objective of this lab is to discuss the issues most pressing to the development of women entrepreneurs and SGB owners.

CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO (CAM) GENDER AND AGRICULTURE LEARNING LAB

The objective of this learning lab is to create benchmarks for the inclusion of gender in the sector of Small Businesses in Growth (SGBs) in Mexican agriculture and thus influence long-term strategies that guarantee gender inclusion. The role of women in agribusiness will be investigated and benchmarks will be created to create gender inclusion strategies in agricultural value chains through an SGB diagnostic.

 

FUNDER LEARNING LAB

ANDE members who are funders can share lessons learned and potentially pursue joint initiatives. The group is open to grant-making members only. To request to join, please email brianna.allen@aspeninst.org.

 

Metrics & Research LEARNING Lab 

The objective of this lab is to discuss and collaborate on measurement practices, including standardization of metrics, developing the evidence base for our field, using impact data to make decisions, and creating a culture of measurement.

BRAZIL METRICS LEARNING LAB

CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO (CAM) METRICS LEARNING LAB

EAST AFRICA METRICS LEARNING LAB

SOUTH AFRICA METRICS LEARNING LAB


POLICY, LEGAL AND REGULATORY LEARNING  LAB

The objective of this learning lab is to convene members from around the world that are working through legal and regulatory challenges across sectors as well as informing policy advocacy in support of impact investment.

 

SGB FINANCE LEARNING LAB

The objective of this learning lab is to capture knowledge of the spectrum of available finance along the continuum from grant funding to commercial investing.

INDIA SGB FINANCE LEARNING LAB

 

SUSTAINABLE AGRIBUSINESS LEARNING LAB

The objective of this learning lab is to understand SGB agribusinesses and their competitiveness through key global challenges ranging from climate change and energy access, to food security, agribusiness investment and sustainability in global food value chains.

 

TALENT LEARNING LAB

The objective of this learning lab is to focus on issues that challenge many ANDE Members and the SGBs they work to support including: hiring, training, and retaining top talent.

EAST AFRICA TALENT LEARNING LAB

INDIA TALENT LEARNING LAB 

 

YOUTH LEARNING LAB

The objective of this learning lab is to be a space where members can share relevant articles, events, and RFPs about youth entrepreneurship with others, but will not have regular calls or meetings. A quarterly newsletter will go out with relevant information, as well.

 

More Regional Learning Labs

BRAZIL FINANCIAL INCLUSION LEARNING LAB

In partnership with MetLife Foundation, this group aims to understand the financial inclusion scenario in Brazil, to share knowledge among the organizations, and to support innovative businesses as they contribute to these issue areas. 

 

EAST AFRICA INGO LEARNING LAB

The narrative on development in Africa has shifted from traditional philanthropy to the use of market based approaches. With this changing trend, many traditional INGOs are adopting Impact Investing as a means of delivering their development goals while ensuring financial sustainability. This learning lab is a space for INGOs to share best practices, common challenges and potential solutions. 

 

MEXICO FINANCIAL INCLUSION LEARNING LAB

In partnership with MetLife Foundation, this group aims to understand the financial inclusion scenario in Mexico, to share knowledge among member organizations, and to support innovative businesses as they contribute to these issue areas.