ANDE together with Devex have just released a new report that looks into trends from 20 of the top donors and DFIs supporting growth of SGBs in emerging markets. An executive summary of the report is available here.

Some of the key findings in the report include:

  • The top 20 donors/DFIs gave over $7.4 billion towards SGBs in 2017 through instruments such as debt, equity, investment funds and technical assistance.

  • Entrepreneurship & SGB development is most often viewed as a means to achieving development outcomes in other sectors (e.g. agriculture, energy, health) rather than an outcome in itself

  • Though DFI target investees are usually larger or more mature than SGBs, many DFIs are building new mechanisms for reaching smaller, riskier investees.

  • Decision-making around SGB support varies among donors depending on their level of centralisation

  • There is a growing focus on disruptive technology across different sectors as an important component of investment in SGBs

  • An emphasis on supporting disadvantaged groups – women and youth – is part and parcel of investment in SGBs, and viewed as a way for donors to contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8, which aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all people.