The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) today released its fifth “State of the SGB Sector” report and the theme of the 2013 analysis differs from its predecessors in one telling way. The association of multilateral impact investment funds, foundations, NGOs and entrepreneurs was created to support small and growing businesses (SGBs) in developing markets. Unlike previous reports, this year’s is less concerned with selling the idea of SGBs (commercially viable businesses with five to 250 employees) as a means of alleviating poverty. Instead, it’s focused on the considerable number of players currently working in the sector, their progress, as well as the challenges on the horizon, notes ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner in the report’s introduction.
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