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About the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, ANDE believes that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty. ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization. For more information please click here.


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Top Stories 

Data and the Regional Economy

The Atlantic Live
March 30, 2017

Steve Clemons of The Atlantic interviews ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, on a session called Data and the Regional Economy during Crunching the Numbers: an Atlantic forum on data analytics and tomorrow's workforce. 

Latin America Impact Investors Set Sights on Social Returns 

Thomson Reuters Foundation
Sophie Hares
March 21, 2017

With traditional investment funds now hunting for impact opportunities alongside venture capitalists in Latin America, where Mexico, Brazil and Colombia grab most attention,Sophie Hares interviews experts on the subject, including ANDE's Central America and Mexico Chapter Manager, Katia Dumont, to find out where the most impact can happen and how. 

New Ideas Light Up Start-Up Prospects

Sunday Times
Zipho Sikhakhane
March 19, 2017 

Entrepreneurship is growing in South Africa. On the heels of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Zipho Sikhakhane writes about how levels of entrepreneurship has increased, while pointing out the challenges that remain, based on the latest entrepreneurial ecosystem map that ANDE's South Africa regional chapter just released. 

Letter from Tanzania: Fighting Unemployment  by Skilling Up for Problem-Solving Startups

ImpactAlpha
Kate McElligott and Mary Mwangi
March 14, 2017

Youth unemployment remains a major challenge in East Africa, while startups often have trouble filling all their open positions that will help them scale up their business. Mary Mwangi and Kate McElligott share how ANDE members are helping solve these challenges. 

Impact Investment: 5 Points to Understand the Evolution of the Industry in Brazil (Investimento de Impacto: 5 pontos para entender a evolução dessa indústria no Brasil nos últimos anos) 

Inter-American Development Bank
Rebeca Rocha and Rob Parkinson
March 14, 2017

The impact investing landscape in Brazil has evolved significantly in the past several years. Two ANDE staff members based in Brazil, Rebeca Rocha and Rob Parkinson, write about the top five things you need to know to understand the evolution of the industry (in Portuguese). 

The Challenges and the Entrepreneurship Landscape for Women In Mexico (Los retos y el panorama del emprendimiento para las mujeres en Mexico) 

Noticieros Televisa
Interview with Rosario Uriarte
March 8, 2017

On International Women's Day, Rosario Uriarte, ANDE's Central America and Mexico Regional Chapter Program Coordinator, discusses the challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Mexico with with Noticieros Televisa in Mexico (in Spanish). 

New Landscape of Accelerators

Global Entrepreneurship Congress
Genevieve Edens
March 2, 2017

The Merriam-Webster dictionary declares that an “accelerator” could be a device for controlling speed, or an apparatus for imparting high velocities to charged particles, but makes no mention of startups.But Google search results towards accelerators of the entrepreneur variety. So what does the entrepreneurship landscape look like. ANDE's Director of Research and Impact, Genevieve Edens, writes to point to a new source to find out. 

Exploring the Accelerator Landscape

Business Fights Poverty
Genevieve Edens
March 1, 2017

Hundreds of accelerators—intensive, short term programs that speed up the development of early stage ventures to succeed, or fail—have emerged around the world. While the concept began in Silicon Valley, international development funders have seen the model as a way to drive growth in emerging markets as well. Genevieve Edens, ANDE's Director of Research and Impact, shares a sneak peek of new data that compares accelerator data in emerging markets and in developed countries. 

Letter from India: How Poop is Becoming Big Business for Small Companies

ImpactAlpha
Devyani Singh 
January 10, 2017 

Access to clean water and sanitation has enormous health and development implications, especially in urban slums. ANDE's India Regional Chapter Program Coordinator, Devyani Singh, writes about increasingly viable business solutions to address the sanitation crisis in India, and how these solutions are essential to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Letter from Brazil: Collective Action to Help Small Businesses Achieve Development Goals

ImpactAlpha
Rob Parkinson
December 22, 2016

As the host of two historic UN summits on sustainable development in the past 25 years, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is actively engaged in testing innovative approaches to reach the sustainable development goals.Rob Parkinson, a consultant for the ANDE in Brazil, writes about how local and global efforts to support small and growing businesses in Brazil are having an impact. 

Indian social enterprises have huge potential: British Council report

Live Mint
Moyna Manku
December 20, 2016

A British Council report says that a majority of social enterprises in India are focused on skill development, followed by education. Moyna Manku highlights the key findings of this report, conducted in partnership with the British Council, Ennovent Pvt Ltd, and ANDE.

From Aspen to Accra

Ideas: the Magazine of the Aspen Institute
Kate McElligott
November 17, 2016

260 member organizations, based in 35 countries, working in emerging-market economies around the world with a single shared mission: spur entrepreneurship to help the poor. Kate McElligott, ANDE’s Director of Strategic Development writes about how ANDE moved from idea to reality, and the impact members are having individually and collectively. 

The State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa: A Closer Look at Cities and Ecosystems 

Endeavor South Africa
Lisa Van Eck 
November 14, 2016

In this article for Global Entrepreneurship Week, Lisa van Eck, ANDE's South Africa Regional Chapter Coordinator writes about the importance of ecosystems, youth, gender, and skills deficits, and also examines access to finance and impact investing in the South African context. 

Business of Giving: Interview with Randall Kempner

Business of Giving
Randall Kempner and Denver Frederick
November 6, 2016

Denver Frederick interviews ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, on the Business of Giving radio show. Listen to the recording to learn more about ANDE's mission, vision, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.  

How Small Businesses are Having a Big Impact on the Global Goals

ImpactAlpha
Randall Kempner
October 13, 2016

In the first of a series on the sustainable development goals, Randall Kempner advises global leaders not to discount small businesses in the march towards the global goals. 

Terms of Reference 121: Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Aidpreneur
Podcast from Stephen Ladek
October 10, 2016

On the 121st episode of Aidpreneur's Terms of Reference podcast, Stephen Ladek interviews Randall Kempner, ANDE's Executive Director about ANDE, impact investing, and the future of entrepreneurship. 

What Impact Investors Can Know Now About Latin America

Devex Impact
Naki B. Mendoza
September 9, 2016 

A new report is starting to fill the void in access to reliable data to inform investment decisions. The report is compiled by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association — abbreviated LAVCA in Spanish — and LGT Impact Ventures, an impact investor. Naki B. Mendoza reviews the report and interviews ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner about the report and its implications for impact investing in Latin America. 

Entrepreneurship Needs to be a Bigger Part of U.S. Foreign Aid 

Harvard Business Review 
Steven R. Koltai
August 15, 2016

Steven Koltai argues why the U.S. foreign aid budget should include more funding for global entrepreneurship. Koltai also discusses ANDE's research on what percentage of global aid goes toward entrepreneurship, as well as how the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative is exploring important issues around what seems to be working in startup acceleration. 

Silicon Valley Chases Unicorns, but Should Global Entrepreneurship Efforts also Look for Them? 

Devex 
Catherine Cheney 
August 11, 2016 

Unicorn is a Silicon Valley buzzword that describes companies that are valued at $1 billion or more. But many in the global development community are questioning whether this should be a benchmark for entrepreneurial success. ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, is featured in this article, arguing that what matters more is reaching a billion people. 

Getting Silicon Valley Behind Development: First, Change its Attitudes

Financial Times 
Randall Kempner
July 5, 2016 

ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, writes about what needs to change in Silicon Valley in order to truly support entrepreneurs in emerging market countries to no only create sustainable enterprises, but to also tackle the Sustainable Development Goals. 

This article has also been shared on ImpactAlpha

The Catholic Church's Vision for Impact Investing

Devex Impact
Naki B. Mendoza
June 24, 2016

The Catholic Church now wants to apply market-based solutions to solve the world's most intractable problems. In advance of the Vatican Conference on Impact Investing, Naki B. Mendoza interviews ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner and others in the ANDE network about the role the Catholic Church can play in moving the needle impact investing for global poverty reduction. 

Five Lessons in Investing for Impact

Markets For Good
Tara Murphy Forde
June 23, 2016

Tara Murphy Forde, Vice President of Impact and Strategic Initiatives at Global Partnerships, shares her view on the importance of industry engagement and highlights some of her high level take-aways from the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Metrics from the Ground Up conference.

Global Entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley: We Have Arrived

ImpactAlpha
June 22, 2016
By David Bank and Dennis Price

For all of the disruptions wrought by the global digital revolution, “Silicon Valley” has sometimes turned its back on the rest of the world. David Bank and Dennis Price dive into what may be missing from the conversations in Silicon Valley, including at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and how ANDE and its members are an important for helping the small and growing businesses around the world that can actually tackle the development challenge. 

Spotlight: Meet Peter Roberts, Academic Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University

Business Fights Poverty
June 16, 2016 
By Yvette Torres-Rahman

In this podcast, Peter Roberts discusses to what extent accelerators actually accelerate growth of early-stage ventures and what types of programming offered by accelerators have the highest impact on entrepreneurial success.  Accelerators are affected by some of the challenges small and growing business face, like attracting managerial talent. This and other challenges are detailed further in ANDE's State of the Sector report, which is also discussed during this episode.

SMEs: Emerging Markets 'Promise Land' for Impact Investment

OnFrontiers
June 15, 2016
By Petra Cahill

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) believes that the small and growing business sector is the lynchpin holding the promise of emerging market impact investing together, Petra Cahill writes. In this article, she interviews ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner about ANDE, how ANDE connects the small & growing business sector in emerging markets to impact investing capital, and what ANDE finds that small business entrepreneurs most need. 

Trends for Small Businesses Reported

My Social Good News
June 15, 2016
By Api Podder

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) released its annual State of the Small & Growing Business Sector Report on June 15, 2016. The report explores the state of the global SGB sector and also dives into regional market insights. It discusses the hurdles for emerging market entrepreneurship—access to capital, talent and markets—and assesses how well the sector is addressing these.

The Market as a Social Change Agent (O mercado como agente de mudanças sociais)

Valor Econômico
June 8, 2016
By Sergio Goldman

Sergio Goldman, a consultant and former financial market executive who now writes for one of Brazil's major newspapers, explores the growth of the impact investing market in the country. He highlights the Impact Investing mapping exercise that ANDE conducted in 2014, along with the work various ANDE members have been doing locally.

Eye on the Social Enterprise

Campden FB
May 27, 2016 
By Jessica Tasman-Jones

Setting out to do good with your career is no longer just the realm of the charitable sector. Jessica Tasman-Jones spoke with social entrepreneurs from business-owning families trying to tackle the world’s ills one by one, and references ANDE's research on impact fund managers on the African continent. 

NGOs Should Offer Business Support to Grow Impact Investment in Frontier Markets 

Skoll
May 27, 2016
By Henning Ringholz, Agustin Belloso, and Mark Wallace

Non-governmental organizations have a unique role to play in supporting enterprises in frontier markets. Several ANDE members are actually part of an impact investing network that ANDE and InsideNGO support to help NGOs address the key skill gaps that social enterprises experience in emerging makets. 

A Hard Look at Accelerators

Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship blog, a joint publication of the Kauffman Foundation and the Public Forum Institute
April 11, 2016
By Jonathan Ortmans

While many startup success stories like Facebook did not involve accelerators, most entrepreneurs now consider them part of the start and scale journey. This has driven demand for the launch of hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, prompting us to question how differences across accelerator programs influence startup performance. 

Study finds accelerators have positive impact on investment

Disrupt Africa
March 30, 2016
By Tom Jackson

Disrupt Africa reported last year the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Emory University’s Social Enterprise @ Goizueta were to conduct a study on the impact of accelerator programs across the world. Tom Jackson reports on the first part of this research, which has now been released after the partners worked with seed-stage accelerator Village Capital to examine 15 programs and the influence they had on the startups that participated.

A new accelerator report suggests that independent work is most effective 

TechCrunch
March 28, 2016
By Connie Loizos

In this article in TechCrunch, Connie Loizos writes about the $2.3 million private-public partnership called the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI)'s first major report release, in collaboration with Village Capital, a seed-stage accelerator that operates development programs for early-stage entrepreneurs from around the world. Loizos explores the initial findings of the report, along with the caveats. 

New insights on what makes emerging market entrepreneurship accelerators work

Devex Impact
March 28, 2016
By Adva Saldinger

Accelerators work, but the best ways to help entrepreneurs may surprise many startup veterans, according to a report released Monday that, for the first time, examines the effectiveness of accelerators and incubators working in development. Adva Saldinger reports

Lack of Human Capital Hinders Growth of Entrepreneurs 

News Ghana
March 22, 2016

ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, participated in an agribusiness-focused event and pitch competition Ghana, where he identified access to talent or human resources as a major challenge facing small businesses. The Mobile Business Clinic, which is part of the Lundin Foudation in Accra, hosted the event, selected three winners at the end of the competition. 

Narrowing the Gap Between Entrepreneurs and Investors

SOCAP Blog
March 15, 2016
By Kate McElligott

ANDE's Director of Strategic Development reflects on a week spent in Amsterdam with entrepreneurs from around the globe for the launch of VilCap Communities. She realizes that attracting capital may actually be the easy part, compares do developing talent alongside financial growth, and that understanding the effectiveness of accelerators may play a key role. 

Is there room for NGOs in the impact investing ecosystem?

Devex Impact
February 12, 2016
Adva Saldinger

As traditional sources of capital show no signs of growth, as donors are making a push to work with more local organizations, and as impact investing and the role of entrepreneurship in development have gained more attention, INGOs are exploring their options. Adva Saldinger writes about how ANDE members are working to identify new ways to help out the missing middle. 

Impact Investing 101: Trainings I wish I had known about in Business School

Wall Street Oasis
February 9, 2016
London Business School Bloggers

Isaac Gross attended the ANDE Investment Manager Training (IMT) in Brazil in December 2015 and writes about his experience in Wall Street Oasis: "Impact investing is a growing industry and it is important to provide people with the resources they require. In order for the field to continue to advance, we need more programs like the MIINT and the ANDE Investment Manager Training to prepare the next generation of impact investors." 

Seek out partners, find success

The Sunday Times 
January 10, 2016
Zipho Sikhakhane

"In the same way that the aspiring runner starts by joining a running club, so should the aspiring entrepreneur tap into the existing ecosystem designed to support entrepreneurs," writes Zipho Sikhakhane in South Africa's Sunday Times (also available here). "South Africa's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Map," a detailed infographic our ANDE South Africa team created about the main finance, capacity development and ecosystem support gaps and opportunities, is featured in this article. 

Kristof on Selling Global Development

The Aspen Idea
Winter 2015/2016

The best three-letter weapon against poverty is not spelled A-I-D but J-O-B,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winner
Nicholas Kristof in his new book, A Path Appears. At this year's ANDE Annual Conference, Kristof and ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner discussed aid, development, jobs, and how corporations can play an important role in addressing critical global development challenges (page 15 of the magazine).  

 

Empreendedores ajudam a preencher lacuna entre educação e emprego (Entrepreneurs help fill the gap between education and employment)

Porvir
December 18, 2015
By Fernanda Nogueira


This article, on a Brazilian site dedicated to innovation and education in Brazil, discusses a recent report that ANDE published with the support of SAP: "Education for the 22nd Century." It discusses the major findings and recommendations, and focuses on the Brazilian context. 

Why the world must invest in women now

Financial Times
December 8, 2015
By Randall Kempner 

"We live in a world characterized by gender inequality. Throughout the globe, women continue to struggle for equal wages, access to capital and financing, training, supply chain inclusion and more. This state of affairs is unfair, unethical and unwise. Reams of research show that investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it’s the economically smart thing to do—for women and men." Randall Kempner makes the case for why it's past time for the world to invest more in women. 

The Regional Ecosystem Approach: Unlocking Social Entrepreneurship at Scale

Global Entrepreneurship Week
November 18, 2015
By Randall Kempner and Kate McElligott

"A successful entrepreneurship ecosystem can help hundreds of social enterprises thrive," write Kate McElligott and Randall Kempner. This article lays out six things to keep in mind when implementing an entrepreneurial ecosystem initiative in order to improve the environment in which social entrepreneurs work.  

How Businesses Can Create Shared Value with Education-Focused Entrepreneurs

Shared Value Initiative
November 17, 2015
By Stephanie Buck and Nish Pangali


When employers support enterprises that improve education outcomes, they deliver success for both their own business and for young people. In this blog for the Shared Value Initiative, Stephanie Buck and Nish Pangali of SAP discuss how corporations can support education-focused entrepreneurs, and why it matters. 

Demystifying Accelerators

Social Capital Markets blog 
October 8, 2015
By Jenny Everett


In this TED-style talk by SOCAPtv, ANDE Deputy Director Jenny Everett discusses the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) and its goal to understand whether or not accelerator programs actually work. 

When are incubators and accelerators effective? Hint: We may not know yet

Devex Impact
September 14, 2015
By Adva Saldinger

Incubators and accelerators are meant to provide technical assistance to businesses on the cusp of growth. Many incubators have launched successful companies, but do developing world entrepreneurs may have a different set of needs. We need more data to find out what types of programs and which elements create the greatest impact. Adva Saldinger provides an overview of the GALI project in the context of global development and highlights insights from the GALI partners.

Filling In the Gap

Stanford Social Innovation Review
September 1, 2015
By Genevieve Edens

What good is a business plan if you can't get the financing to implement it? Genevieve Edens asks this question as she explores how creative collaborations are deploying the capital that promising social
enterprises need. 

Improving the Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Policy Through Rigorous, Relevant Research
Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship blog, a publication of the Kauffman Foundation
August 17, 2015
By Jonathan Ortmans
This blog discusses the importance of rigorous research and market assessments to understand how best to support entrepreneurial growth. Only with data, Ortmans writes, can we produce effective strategies to tackle poverty and unemployment. Discusses the new public-private partnership, the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI)

Global study into impact of accelerator programmes announced

Disrupt Africa
August 3, 2015
By Tom Jackson

Jackson writes about the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) launch at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi that took place at the end of July. He describes the goals of the new US$2.3 million partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, Omidyar Network, the Lemelson Foundation, and the Argidius Foundation, which include understanding the efficacy of accelerator programs.  

Impact Hub Kigali Opens Next Week

Disrupt Africa
July 31, 2015
By Tom Jackson

The first Rwandan Impact Hub opened in Kigali August 3rd. At a launch event, ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner gave the keynote address, during which he discussed the importance of collaboration in driving social change. 

As Business Accelerators Spread Globally, These Funders Want More Data 

Inside Philanthropy
July 29, 2015
By Sue-Lynn Moses


In this article, Sue-Lynn Moses discusses the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), a new partnership that seeks to address whether accelerators really work, what kinds of programs are most successful, and learning more about the entrepreneurs who participate in these types of programs. 

$2.3M Partnership Will Study Startup Accelerators, Especially in Emerging Markets

Forbes
July 28, 2015
By Anne Field

Startup accelerator programs are running rampant around the world, but it remains unclear how effective they are, especially in emerging markets. Anne Field writes about the new $2.3 million three-year partnership that ANDE and Emory University, supported by the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, Omidyar Network, The Lemelson Foundation, and the Argidius Foundation, that will explore the impact and effectiveness of accelerators. 

Goizueta part of alliance to examine global accelerators

EmoryBusiness.com
July 27, 2015


"Hundreds of these support programs for entrepreneurs have emerged over the past few years, and little is known about what’s working and what isn’t,” adds Sean Peters, who leads the Impact of Entrepreneurship Database at the Goizueta Business School, to this launch announcement for the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI).

Spotlight: Meet Genevieve Edens, Impact Assessment Manager, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Business Fights Poverty
July 7, 2015
Interview by Yvette Torres-Rahman

In this interview, Yvette Torres-Rahman and Genevieve Edens discuss how SGBs are making a dent in global poverty. 

Supporting Small Businesses for Big Change

Stanford Social Innovation Review
June 30, 2015
By Randall Kempner and Kate McElligott

International donors are turning to the private sector to achieve development goals, but as discussed in the State of the Sector report, a disproportionately small amount of funding goes to support small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurship. Yet returns on small and growing businesses have some of the greatest potential to benefit whole communities. Randall Kempner and Kate McElligott discuss this further in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

Help wanted: solving the talent challenge for emerging market entrepreneurs

Financial Times
June 30, 2015
By Randall Kempner 

Having qualified management teams is essential to receiving capital that can grow a business. But assembling highly qualified leadership teams is not easy. In the State of the Sector report, we cite talent development as one of the major obstacles holding entrepreneurs in emerging markets back. ANDE Executive Director, Randall Kempner, explores this issue more in the Financial Times

Making sense of social impact metrics and measurements

Devex Impact
June 29, 2015
By Naki B. Mendoza

Social enterprises the world over are bursting at the seams with innovations to tackle poverty and promote social good, but precisely how to measure the impact of their initiatives remains a recurring question. Naki B. Mendoza explores this issue in the context of ANDE's annual conference on metrics and impact measurement in Washington, DC. 

Are Small Businesses Being Overlooked in the Fight Against Poverty? 

The Guardian
May 7, 2015
By Randall Kempner 

There's a lot of talk about making the Sustainable Development Goals local. But what does that look like in practice? In this article in the Guardian, ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner discusses how local entrepreneurs can hold the key to truly sustainable development, and how we cannot forget about them. 

Embrace Emerging Market Entrepreneurship to Fight Poverty

Skoll World Forum
April 15, 2015
By Randall Kempner

What are the three biggest challenges facing small and growing businesses in emerging markets over the next three years? ANDE Executive Director, Randall Kempner, posed this question to fifteen international development leaders in February of this year. These were the top issues that emerged

Aren't Accelerators Great? Maybe...

The Wall Street Journal
April 10, 2015
By Randall Kempner and Peter Roberts

Plenty of people have opinions about accelerator programs, but where's the data? Kempner and Roberts discuss why we're in the dark on whether or not accelerators work and in what context, and what ANDE and Emory University's Social Enterprise @ Goizueta are doing about it in this Wall Street Journal article

What's Next for Emerging Market Entrepreneurship? 

The Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2014
By Randall Kempner

The world needs jobs—and small, early-stage businesses in developing countries have the potential to create them. Yet, emerging market startups struggle with the same challenges as larger, more established firms. Randall Kempner writes about the obstacles for small and growing businesses - or SGBs as we like to refer to them - in the Wall Street Journal

Metrics 3.0: A New Vision for Shared Metrics

Stanford Social Innovation Review
June 4, 2014
By Mike McCreless, CJ Fonzi, Genevieve Edens, & Saurabh Lall 

After tremendous progress in standardizing language and platforms for shared measurement over the past five years, have we reached a plateau? As a group of organizations with the shared mission of supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) in low- and middle-income countries, we have agreed on common terms for measurement, aggregated our data, and started to demonstrate our collective scale and reach. So where do we take metrics from here?

Filling Out the Middle

Stanford Social Innovation Review
November 21, 2013
By Brandon Keim 

Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article about ANDE, lauding its "impressive trajectory." 

Can Business Solve Poverty? 

Fast Company
October 3, 2013
By Alice Korngold

ANDE is featured in an article by Alice Korngold about the potential for business to solve poverty. The article recaps some of the great points made during the expert panel at ANDE's Annual Conference. The panel featured Jacqueline Novgratz, Paul Polak, and Paul Basil. 

Lenders Target Developing Nations' Top Entrepreneurs

Wall Street Journal
June 17, 2013
By Andrew Aylward 

Andrew Aylward writes about ANDE in the Wall Street Journal, quoting ANDE's Executive Director Randall Kempner.

Impact Investing: Lots of Interest, but Where's the Big Money?

Bloomberg Business Week
June 13, 2013
By John Tozzi 

In an article in Business Week, John Tozzi discusses Impact Investing, and quotes ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner. 

Learning from Microfinance's Woes

Harvard Business Review
February 27, 2012
By Randall Kempner 

Randall Kempner writes about lessons from microfinance in the Harvard Business Review blog

Helping Businesses Thrive in Developing Countries

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
March 31, 2011
By Nicole Wallace

Nicole Wallace writes about the challenges that small and growing businesses face in developing countries, and the organizations that are working to help these businesses as a way of improving the standard of living for local residents, including ANDE. 

How ANDE is Lifting Up Growing Businesses in the Developing World

Fast Company
March 25, 2011
By Ariel Schwartz

Tiny startups in developing countries have a savior in microfinancing organizations like Kiva, but what about the small- to medium-sized businesses that don't qualify for microloans? These businesses, commonly called "the missing middle," have between 10 and 300 employees and usually seek between $20,000 and $2 million. They are the backbone of economic growth in developing nations, but are tragically undersupported. Ariel Schwartz writes about how ANDE and its members are trying to fill this gap.