ANDE has been highlighting key themes through his engagement at COP28, connecting food, land use, and climate across three critical fronts where a true global answer lies in creating more small and growing businesses.
Watch the webinar co-hosted ANDE, USAID, and the IGC recently on two new studies that examine gender bias in financing.
Following our successful experience in Accra, Ghana, and reflecting ANDE’s commitment to fostering global entrepreneurial growth, the 2024 Annual Global Conference will be held in Bangkok.
The conference will take place against the inspiring backdrop of the Chao Phraya River, where thought leaders, innovators, and change-makers in entrepreneurship and economic development will come together to celebrate ANDE’s 15th anniversary.
Thailand's capital will be the host city for the annual flagship event. With its dynamic business landscape, Bangkok is the perfect setting to explore new entrepreneurship and economic development horizons.
Connecting Africa's Early-Stage investors ecosystem for a decade and counting!
In the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, ANDE recently spearheaded a pivotal gathering, the "Metrics from the Ground Up" conference.
We need to mobilize finance and technology to empower SGBs in the global climate action framework, advocating for sustainable small business ecosystems and renewable energy integration in agriculture.
Metrics from the Ground Up is a vital forum for bringing together brilliant and innovative minds to address emerging challenges and opportunities in the impact metrics sphere.
Focused on technology access, deployment, and transfer for climate innovators, GBI Director Leena Pishe Thomas presents a new platform enables to "enable the E of ESG." She sees this as a moment for the Global South to grab a leading opportunity to shape global perspectives and markets.
The past five years could be described as “when gender-lens investing became cool.” However, few interventions aim to change investor behavior.
The Inclusive Youth Entrepreneurship Guidebook for Esos in Asia and the Pacific is a collaborative effort to promote inclusive entrepreneurship, offering insights, resources, and strategies for ESOs to support young entrepreneurs from underserved communities.These are eight insights derived from a workshop presentation.
ANDE’s Global Conference in Accra highlighted the crucial role of small and growing businesses in meeting the UN SDGs by 2030, stressing the imperative for collaborative efforts to build viable business ecosystems and promote innovative financing to address the estimated $5.2 trillion financing gap for entrepreneurs to grow and succeed in the Global South.
This global report demonstrates the resilience of ANDE’s global network in pursuit of its shared goal to support small and growing businesses and strengthen entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world.
Two new research reports on green entrepreneurship in Kenya and India showcase the state of green entrepreneurship in each country. The reports, developed with support from the IKEA Foundation, explored key themes across eleven sectors, including sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, sustainable transportation, and more
"The report delves into the effectiveness and impact of various business support initiatives, employing rigorous research methodologies such as randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The key topics covered include the effectiveness of accelerator programs, talent acquisition for SMEs, recordkeeping and data collection, impact measurement and management (IMM) frameworks, and support for women-led businesses. It also offers valuable insights for policymakers, investors, and entrepreneurs to make informed decisions, fostering sustainable growth and success within the business ecosystem. Recommendations underscore the importance of evidence-backed practices for talent acquisition, recordkeeping, and gender-sensitive approaches to support women entrepreneurs."
"This report examines the impact investing landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean for 2020 and 2021, based on a sample of active impact investors in the region, highlighting trends, key challenges, and opportunities, and featuring deep dives on activity in three of the region's largest markets: Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, as well as a feature on Guatemala. Among its findings, the study shows that impact investors are increasingly seeking market-rate returns while keeping flexible return schemes according to the specific needs of countries and sectors. Additionally, it reveals that impact investors still heavily rely on proprietary impact measurement tools, while an increasing number of them are using existing frameworks to tackle impact measurement requirements. Access to capital, education and training, and the local regulatory environment are identified as the most common challenges to overcome to unlock the full potential of the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem through impact investment."
"Uganda's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative (UEEI) Phase II aimed to address key gaps and opportunities in the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Kampala and Gulu, Uganda. The initiative was designed to work collectively towards addressing interrelated constraints such as limited access to financing, mentorship, and network connections, which were found to be limiting entrepreneurship in Uganda. While progress has been made, challenges such as bureaucratic red tape and a lack of appropriate financial products for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) still exist. The UEEI Phase II serves as a valuable learning opportunity for practitioners and policymakers working to cultivate a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem in emerging markets."
Our flagship annual gathering was sold out and brought hundreds of thought leaders from organizations across the world committed to advancing small business entrepreneurship. Marking the halfway mark towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we started to chart a way forward.