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About the Aspen Network of Development EntrepreneursThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
Ideas: the Magazine of the Aspen Institute
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 12, 2016
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.
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."
The Sunday Times
January 10, 2016
"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.
The Aspen Idea
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).
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Stanford Social Innovation Review
November 21, 2013
By Brandon Keim
Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article about ANDE, lauding its "impressive trajectory."
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.
Andrew Aylward writes about ANDE in the Wall Street Journal, quoting ANDE's Executive Director Randall Kempner.
In an article in Business Week, John Tozzi discusses Impact Investing, and quotes ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner.
Randall Kempner writes about lessons from microfinance in the Harvard Business Review blog.
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.
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.