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The latest updates from ANDE and our network.

Reflections and highlights about ANDE’s work and the SGB sector more broadly, including member spotlights, event recaps, and more.

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January 19, 2023
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January 16, 2023

As we reflect on what we learned and reminisce on the memories that we made during our time in Bangkok, the ANDE Team has put together a list of three key takeaways from each plenary panel session, workshop and break-out session.

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December 21, 2022
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December 14, 2022

As the economic reverberations of the pandemic continue to fan out across the world, a parallel opportunity exists to reconsider how the economic system can advance social impact and better support women – as entrepreneurs, as employees, and as customers.

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December 8, 2022

In November 2022, ANDE was excited to host its first in-person Metrics from the Ground Up conference in 3 years in Bangkok, Thailand. This year, we welcomed nearly 60 participants from 42 organizations and around 10 countries!

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December 7, 2022

Throughout the past year, ANDE convened several learning communities across its eight chapters focusing on the issue of women’s access – or lack thereof – to capital.

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December 2, 2022

While this talent shortage is grabbing headlines across the globe, most available guidance is designed for and directed to large companies. Less is known about SMEs, their particular talent needs, and the strategies they can employ to compete with larger, more well-known firms.

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November 30, 2022

“We have to change the narrative around climate change in Africa,” said Sarah Rukundo, General Manager at Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali. Rukundo and her team are working to raise awareness about the urgency of climate change and elevate African women entrepreneurs as key solution providers. “Women are not encouraged to become innovators,” said Rukundo. “We are trying to change this cultural stigma by empowering women with the tools and opportunities they need to scale their ideas into sustainable green businesses."

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November 17, 2022

In September, USAID CATALYZE joined in a half-day event with USAID INVEST and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Gender Equality Initiative, to discuss critical challenges and opportunities related to fostering women’s economic growth through entrepreneurship, and in particular, improved access to finance for women-owned small- to medium-sized enterprises (W-SMEs).

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November 16, 2022

During Bpeace’s session at the 2022 ANDE Annual Conference, participants discussed the obstacles they and the businesses they work with face when implementing climate-forward policies and practices.

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November 15, 2022

It’s no secret that women entrepreneurs face significant challenges in building their businesses. And it is costing them, with an estimated $1.7 trillion financing gap for women-owned, small, and medium enterprises (W-SMEs). But it’s not just limiting the entrepreneurs themselves – it’s costing society too. When women are empowered economically, they invest back into their families and communities, creating broader prosperity.

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November 10, 2022

This is the first post in a jointly produced three-part blog series entitled, “What’s Working in Supporting Women’s Entrepreneurship?” produced from the discussions at the September 12th learning event hosted by ANDE. Collectively, this series covers the sectors’ success stories and how to recreate their structures to shift purposeful investment into what works, fostering women’s economic growth, and affirming their indispensable role in economic development.

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