Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

"Este reporte captura los hallazgos de seis laboratorios de aprendizaje encaminados a formas prácticas de medición  de trabajo decente y calidad laboral  en pequeñas y medianas empresas, facilitados por The Good Economy.

Los laboratorios de aprendizaje enfatizan la importancia de soluciones de medición prácticas y de claridad conceptual al medir el trabajo decente. Este reporte busca proveer un panorama general de los contenidos discutidos, recursos útiles y mejores prácticas compartidas durante cada laboratorio."

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Currently there are over 500 townships in the South Africa, whose combined land mass surpasses that of Johannesburg and Durban combined and which are home to an estimated 40% of South Africa’s urban population. While more is understood about the small and growing businesses (SGBs) in metropolitan areas, less is known about the entrepreneurial ecosystems in the townships and how to support the primarily micro, necessity-based businesses that operate there. This report focuses on identifying the key actors implementing programmes to support entrepreneurs and small businesses operating in townships in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and Western Cape Provinces, the challenges the entrepreneurial support providers face, and the opportunities to strengthen this ecosystem.

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Anza was founded eleven years ago on the belief that innovators will transform Tanzania. With core programming focusing on capacity building, access to capital, and connecting communities, Anza recognizes the positive and significant impact that SGBs have and will have on Tanzania’s economy.

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Portfolio of eight projects to receive investments of more than $10.3 million from USAID, and organizations and businesses from various sectors to support Small and Growing Businesses

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Aspen Institute

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) today announced that five organizations have been selected to receive funds under the Gender-Smart Investing Capacity Building Facility.

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To meet the job creation needs of India’s growing population, we need to prioritize investment into the companies often called “the missing middle.”

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ANDE’s Digitalization Learning Labs are a series of convenings that aim to support the digital transformation of the SGB sector by exchanging knowledge among ANDE members and evaluating their needs. This document is divided into the three modules of the Learning Lab sessions that were carried out by ANDE chapters. Each includes the purpose of the stage, the diverse methodologies that support digital transformation, and reflections on how and why to use them, based on the experience of three ANDE members.

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"The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) launched the Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund (AWEF) in 2019 with support from the Visa Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The overall goal of AWEF-funded projects is to address the gender financing gap for women-owned small and growing businesses (SGBs) in developing economies. The first round of grantmaking, AWEF Asia, funded eight entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) in Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Pakistan, and India, as well as programs serving the region as a whole. This report summarizes the lessons learned from these grants."

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"This knowledge brief captures key takeaways from six learning lab meetings about practical ways to measure decent work and job quality in the small and growing business (SGB) sector, facilitated by The Good Economy.

The learning lab emphasized the importance of practical measurement solutions and conceptual clarity when measuring decent work. This report seeks to provide an overview of the content discussed, useful resources, and global best practices shared during each of the learning lab meetings."

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"In 2019, ANDE announced an exciting partnership with USAID and the Visa Foundation to launch the ANDE Gender Equality Initiative (AGEI), which aims to support women as leaders, employees, and consumers in the emerging market SGB sector. As a pilot project under AGEI, each of ANDE’s eight regional chapters hosted a 9-12 month Gender Equality Action Lab. ANDE’s Action Lab uses a participatory design process in which a group of regional stakeholders, with deep and diverse experience and expertise on an issue, gather to define problems and then create and test potential solutions together."

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"Este reporte captura los hallazgos de seis laboratorios de aprendizaje encaminados a formas prácticas de medición  de trabajo decente y calidad laboral  en pequeñas y medianas empresas, facilitados por The Good Economy.

Los laboratorios de aprendizaje enfatizan la importancia de soluciones de medición prácticas y de claridad conceptual al medir el trabajo decente. Este reporte busca proveer un panorama general de los contenidos discutidos, recursos útiles y mejores prácticas compartidas durante cada laboratorio."

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"En el 2019, ANDE anunció una alianza con USAID y la Fundación Visa para lanzar la Iniciativa de Igualdad de Género de ANDE (AGEI, por sus siglas en inglés), la cual busca apoyar a las mujeres como líderes, emprendedoras, empleadas y consumidoras en PECs de mercados emergentes. Como proyecto piloto a cargo de AGEI, cada uno de los ocho capítulos regionales de ANDE sostuvo un Action Lab de Igualdad de Género con una duración de 9 a 12 meses. Los Action Lab de ANDE utilizan un proceso de diseño participativo en el que un grupo de actores regionales, con amplia y diversa experiencia sobre un tema específico, se reúne para definir problemas para después crear y testear potenciales soluciones en conjunto."

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"Après avoir vécu pendant plus de deux ans avec les défis majeurs de la pandémie du  COVID-19, le secteur des petites entreprises et de celles en croissance (PECs) est maintenant confronté à une réalité sur le long terme qui affecte non seulement les opérations commerciales mais aussi la façon dont ces entreprises mesurent et communiquent leur impact. Le secteur des PECs se trouve à un moment critique de la pandémie où les organisations doivent réfléchir à la manière dont leurs solutions de MGI élaborées à la hâte s’inscrivent ou non dans leur stratégie de MGI à plus long terme.

Pour toutes ces raisons, le but de ce rapport est de :

Mettre en évidence les défis MGI uniques auxquels sont confrontées les PECs d’Afrique subsaharienne en raison du COVID-19 ;
Guider les créateurs d’écosystèmes entrepreneuriaux dans l’adaptation de leurs systèmes de MGI dans le contexte de la nouvelle réalité du COVID-19 ; et
Fournir des ressources sur mesure pour permettre aux créateurs d’écosystèmes
entrepreneuriaux d’adapter davantage leurs systèmes de MGI afin de mieux soutenir les entrepreneurs dans la «nouvelle anormalité.»"

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"En 2019, l’ANDE a annoncé un partenariat passionnant avec l’USAID et la Fondation Visa pour lancer l’ANDE Gender Equality Initiative (AGEI), qui vise à soutenir les femmes en tant que dirigeantes, employées et consommatrices dans le secteur des marchés émergents de PEC. En tant que projet pilote dans le cadre de l’AGEI, chacune des huit sections régionales de l’ANDE a accueilli un Action Lab de 9 à 12 mois sur l’Égalité des Sexes. L’Action Lab de ANDE utilise un processus de conception participative dans lequel un groupe de parties prenantes régionales, ayant une expérience et une expertise profondes et diverses sur une question, se réunit pour définir les problèmes, puis créer et tester ensemble des solutions  potentielles."

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"Entrepreneurs need to be prepared to measure and communicate their contribution to climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience to key stakeholders. However, there is currently no standardization of climate impact reporting in the small business sector, leaving the burden on entrepreneurs to grow a successful business and implement the right tools to measure climate impact. Climate Collective Foundation and the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) have published this guide to provide SGBs, impact investors, and ESOs with a consolidated list of available tools and frameworks for climate impact measurement, along with guidance on how to select best-fit resources based on their industry and impact area."

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"Em 2019, a ANDE anunciou uma parceria empolgante com a USAID e a Visa Foundation para lançar a Iniciativa de Igualdade de Gênero da ANDE (AGEI), que visa apoiar mulheres como líderes, funcionárias e consumidoras no setor de SGB de mercados emergentes. Como um projeto piloto sob a AGEI, cada um dos oito escritórios regionais da ANDE hospedou um Laboratório para Ação em Igualdade de Gênero de 9 a 12 meses. O Laboratório para Ação da ANDE utiliza um processo de design participativo em que um grupo de stakeholders regionais, com experiência profunda e diversificada e expertise em determinado assunto, se reúne para definir problemas e, em seguida, criar e testar soluções potenciais em conjunto."

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"Las y los emprendedores deben estar preparados para medir y comunicar su contribución a la mitigación, adaptación y resiliencia ante el cambio climático. Sin embargo, en la actualidad no existe una estandarización de los informes sobre el impacto climático en el sector de las pequeñas empresas, lo que deja en manos de las y los emprendedores la carga de hacer crecer un negocio exitoso y aplicar las herramientas adecuadas para medir el impacto climático. La Climate Collective Foundation (CCF) y la Red Aspen de Emprendedores para el Desarrollo (ANDE) han publicado esta guía para proporcionar a las Pequeñas Empresas en Crecimiento, los inversionistas de impacto y las Organizaciones de Apoyo al Emprendimiento, una lista consolidada de las herramientas y los marcos de referencia disponibles para la medición del impacto climático, junto con orientación sobre cómo seleccionar los recursos más adecuados en función de su etapa, industria y región geográfica."

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