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ANDE Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund aims to increase the productivity and effectiveness of ANDE members while creating tools and insights that can help the SGB sector as a whole.

In November, ANDE will be launching the Catalyst Fund for Impact Measurement Africa, supported by DFID’s Impact Programme. 


ANDE LATAM Catalyst Fund 2017

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is excited to announce that the ANDE LATAM Catalyst Fund 2017 is now open!

This year we invite proposals from ANDE members interested in receiving support to fuel initiatives aimed at targeting creative solutions that increase financial inclusion for low and moderate income (LMI) individuals in Latin America. This year, ANDE seeks to fund approximately five (5) proposals of up to $50,000 each. Total funds available for this RFP round are approximately $250,000, thanks to generous support from MetLife Foundation.



ANDE Catalyst Fund for Impact Measurement Africa

In November 2017, ANDE will launch the Catalyst Fund for Impact Measurement. Supported by DFID’s Impact Programme, this round of the Catalyst Fund will support organizations to test analytical approaches, technologies, and frameworks for impact measurement, and to develop case studies and resource guides.  The total funding available is $150,000, with approximately $75,000 to be disbursed in this open RFP and $75,000 to be disbursed to projects from ANDE’s Metrics Learning Labs in East Africa and South Africa.


ANDE Catalyst Fund Winners

You can find more information on the 2016 winning proposals here. Click here to learn about the overall impact of ANDE Catalyst Fund. 

“10,000 Women has been proud to support the ANDE Catalyst Fund, which has achieved impressive results. The Fund is a unique opportunity to leverage ANDE’s extensive network to foster new global collaborations. These partnerships have produced innovative developments of significant value to the small and growing business sector” 

— NOA MEYER Managing Director and Global Head of 10,000 Women, Goldman Sachs. 


The ANDE Catalyst Fund (formerly the Capacity Development Fund) fuels initiatives aimed at improving collaboration between and the capacity of organizations within the small and growing business (SGB) sector. The fund launched in 2009 with $1,000,000 in seed funding from The Lemelson Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Shell Foundation. Since then, more than $2.3 million has been disbursed to 34 member organizations and the grant-making facility has been replenished with funds from Citi Foundation, MasterCard Worldwide, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women.

Each year the grant selection process has been driven by different areas of impact based on funder interest. Past programs have emphasized proposals with the potential to alleviate human capital constraints, drive innovation in invention-based enterprises, or transform women’s entrepreneurship. A key ingredient of all funded proposals, however, is the benefit produced for the SGB sector.

You can read more about the history of the fund and the process here.