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WHAT IS THE ASPEN NETWORK OF DEVELOPMENT ENTREPRENEURS?

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global membership 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, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty.

ANDE supports our 200+ members, and is building a movement of support for Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) by providing:

Knowledge Sharing and Networking
Training and Talent Development
Metrics and Evaluation
Research
Funding Opportunities
Advocacy and Education


For more a more comprehensive look at our work, please download our overview.

WHERE DOES ANDE WORK?

Our headquarters are in Washington D.C., but we have full-time regional coordinators based in Brazil, Central America and Mexico, East Africa, India, and South Africa. ANDE members are located in over 150 countries around the world, and we have additional member-led chapters in West Africa and East and Southeast Asia.

WHO IS PART OF THE NETWORK?

Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions and corporations from around the world. Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises over 200 active members in more than 150 countries. A full list of members can be found here.

HOW CAN MY ORGANIZATION JOIN ANDE?

For information on the requirements and benefits of becoming a member of ANDE, please see our membership brochure. If you are interested in applying, fill out this form to express interest.

HOW DO ANDE MEMBERS SUPPORT SGBS?

ANDE members provide direct financing to SGBs, offer capacity development support so entrepreneurs can grow their businesses, link SGBs to global markets, support policy changes at banks and governments so that SGBs can succeed, and conduct research on the sector.

HOW DOES ANDE MEASURE SUCCESS?

ANDE believes strongly in building a robust evidence base to understand the impact of SGBs and the most effective ways to support them. Our strategy includes collecting social and environmental performance indicators that are aligned with the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). Our services to members include sharing best practices in metrics and evaluation through Learning Labs, conferences, and one-on-one support. We also facilitate data contribution from ANDE members to the IRIS data repository. In addition, we conduct rigorous evaluations on how SGBs impact the quality of life of their employees, suppliers, and clients.

To learn more, please visit our Metrics and Evaluation page.

HOW IS ANDE CONNECTED WITH THE ASPEN INSTITUTE?

ANDE is a policy program of the Aspen Institute. For more on the Aspen Institute, please visit www.aspeninstitute.org.


WHEN WAS ANDE FOUNDED?

ANDE was officially launched in March 2009. The idea, however, grew out of a series of gatherings among a number of key organizations active in small and growing business cultivation in the developing world.