Network Partners: G20 SME Finance

If your organization is interested in becoming a Network Partner, please contact Sarah at smintz@ashoka.org

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Officially launched in 2009, we are a member-driven organization housed within the Aspen Institute, an international non-profit that promotes enlightened leadership. Our members are the vanguard of a movement that is focused on small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create economic, environmental, and social benefits for developing countries.
Ultimately, we seek to build sustainable prosperity in the developing world.

For more information please visit: aspeninstitute.org/ande.

World Bank Group

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It comprises five closely associated institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Each institution plays a distinct role in the mission to fight poverty and improve living standards for people in the developing world. For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org, www.miga.org, and www.ifc.org.

IDB Group

The IDB Group, the largest source of multilateral financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, is a leader in social and economic development. Comprised of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), the IDB Group supports financial institutions and micro, small, medium, and large companies through its private sector and non-sovereign guaranteed operations.

EBRD

The EBRD is an international financial institution that supports projects from central Europe to central Asia. Investing primarily in private sector clients whose needs cannot be fully met by the market, the Bank fosters transition towards open and democratic market economies. In all our operations we follow the highest standards of corporate governance and sustainable development. The EBRD aims to promote market economies that function well – where businesses are competitive, innovation is encouraged, household incomes reflect rising employment and productivity, and where environmental and social conditions reflect peoples' needs.

AfDB

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and the social progress of African countries. The African Development Bank Group comprises three entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). As the premier development finance institution on the continent, the AfDB’s mission is to help reduce poverty, and improve living conditions on the continent.

DiasporaCamp

DiasporaCamp DC 2010 - Financial innovations for African small & medium-scale enterprises DiasporaCamp returns to DC on July 24, 2010 at the Kenney Auditorium, School of Advanced International Studies - Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. This free event brings together the African Diaspora to exchange ideas on doing business in Africa. African entrepreneurs and people with an active interest in African affairs are encouraged to attend. The focus will be on access to capital to fuel these entrepreneurial ventures, business ideas and projects. Visit diasporacamp.org for more information and to reserve a ticket.

Solution Exchange

Solution Exchange, a G-20 SME Finance Challenge Outreach Partner, is an initiative of the United Nations Country Team in India that offers communities of development practitioners a UN-sponsored space where they can provide and benefit from each other's solutions to the day-to-day challenges they face. We are connecting people who share similar concerns and interests, bringing them together virtually and face-to-face towards the common objective of problem-solving.

Entrepreneurial Finance Lab

Entrepreneurial Finance Lab Born out of Harvard's Center for International Development, the mission of the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL) is to help unlock the entrepreneurial potential of the developing world's 'missing middle'. To better target investment, lending, and support services, financial institutions and TA providers need scalable, low-cost methods to identify high-potential entrepreneurs. EFL has developed a proprietary psychometric testing process which evaluates an entrepreneur’s psychological profile, intelligence, business acumen and honesty to measure their risk and future earnings potential. This is achieved using a 30-60 minute automated test that does not depend on credit history or collateral, and has shown significant predictive power in 8 financial institutions across 7 countries, 2 continents and 8 languages. For more information, visit http://www.efinlab.com .

Lebanon Business Network

Lebanon Business Network (http://LBN.com.lb) is a B2B Trade Lead Portal that provides a virtual marketplace for Lebanese businessmen living in Lebanon and abroad.
The website’s concept was originally proposed by the Stanford Research Institute and developed and implemented by Georges N. Frem Foundation in cooperation with Info Pro in 2002. The goal of LBN is to boost economic growth in Lebanon by facilitating import and export trade activity, direct foreign investment in Lebanon, and the establishment of productive and profitable business relationships between Lebanese businessmen living in Lebanon and those operating abroad. The program strategy is to involve Lebanese expatriates in the home economic cycle of trading, investing, and visiting Lebanon. Operationally, LBN achieves its goal by harnessing the latest internet technologies to provide and maintain a virtual marketplace where Lebanese businessmen can post buy/sell trade leads, as well as search those leads of interest to them and make contact with the corresponding party. The web site also contains key business and industry information and promotes the development of strategic alliances, joint ventures and partnerships among Lebanese businessmen at home and abroad.

VC4Africa

VC4Africa.com believes that entrepreneurship should be the main driver in Africa’s economic growth, in particular the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that provide much of Africa’s employment, income and hope for a better future. SMEs contribute around two thirds of national income and provide the foundation for a stable middle class in many African countries. VC4Africa aims to connect innovative entrepreneurs (and their ideas) with access to knowledge, markets and capital i.e. mentors, business partners and investors. The focus is on entrepreneurs with innovative projects that apply new technology, new media, the web, mobile and green energy. Extra emphasis is placed on social entrepreneurs, otherwise individuals that make use of these tools in ways that betters the environment and society while making a profit.

Beyond Profit

Beyond Profit is a new social enterprise magazine, presents the stories, people and ideas behind these innovating social ventures by bringing you first-hand insights and expert commentary. The publication is brought to you by Intellecap - a social investment advisory firm providing services to the for-profit development sector in areas such as microfinance, water, energy and education.

ALIDE

ALIDE Con sede en Lima, la Asociación Latinoamericana de Instituciones Financieras para el Desarrollo (Latin American Association of Development Financing Institution)(ALIDE) es el organismo internacional que representa a la banca de desarrollo de América Latina y el Caribe. Su sistema de gestión de calidad está certificado con ISO 9001-2008. Las actividades que promueve apuntan al fortalecimiento de las instituciones financieras en el proceso económico y social de la región. Tiene más de 80 miembros en Latinoamérica, el Caribe, Alemania, Canadá, China, Portugal, España y Suecia.

Echoing Green

Echoing Green inspires, invests in, and mobilizes next generation talent to deliver bold solutions for social change. Founded by the private equity firm General Atlantic, almost 25 years ago, we have focused our efforts on identifying and funding promising social entrepreneurs to help them launch innovative social change organizations around the world. Since inception we have invested in nearly 500 social entrepreneurs who work to solve deeply-rooted problems in the world through their innovative ideas. Among the organizations we helped launch include Teach For America, City Year, Genocide Intervention Network, The SEED School, Global Fund for Children and hundreds of others. We also work to build a robust ecosystem of changemaking by supporting young people to select careers in social change; working with donors to approach their philanthropy in an engaged manner; and providing data that builds our field.

Good Capital

Good Capital is an investment firm that increases the flow of capital to innovative ventures creating market-based solutions to inequality and poverty. Using a high engagement model, they invest in the most promising social enterprises and give them the tools and guidance they need to succeed. In addition, Good Capital actively leads the development of the emerging social capital market. They share a deep commitment to the creation of a new, informed, and passionate world of investing that strategically moves more capital to good.

Their first financial product, the Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, is seeking to fill the risk-taking expansion capital gap for social enterprises while providing investors with an attractive blend of financial and social returns. Their innovative model enables a new class of investors to put their money to work to change the world.