The SGB Sector in 2017

Capacity Development: Global

ANDE members delivered capacity development services through direct consulting, peer networks, and training

Top 4 Types of Capacity Development ANDE Members Provide

Capacity development providers spent an average of $3,300 per business, spending less per SGB as the number of SGBs they served increased

Over 500 accelerators operate globally

In 2017, the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) identified 578 accelerators around the world. According to survey responses from 164 of these organizations, most are relatively young – over half have launched since 2014. The most common funding sources for accelerators are government and philanthropic support, followed by corporate funding. Nearly 40 percent earn some – but only 10 percent earn most – of their income through revenue generating activities. Among the organizations that do rely mostly on revenue generating activities, it is more common for the organization to be younger and headquartered in an emerging market country, compared to those organizations that do not rely on revenue generating activities [6].

Capacity Development: Corporate Engagement

ANDE members are finding dynamic ways to engage corporations in the SGB sector

Which division within a corporation did you engage with in 2017?
What was the focus of your engagement(s)?

Corporations are increasingly engaging in the SGB sector because they see SGBs as potential customers, suppliers, or sources of innovation. Corporate foundations are important funders in the sector, and corporate social responsibility units often facilitate important capacity development services. In 2017, ANDE member corporations granted over US $34.5 million to SGB intermediaries [ANDE 2017 Impact Survey].

In 2017, 63 percent of ANDE members said they engaged with corporations to support SGBs, 42 percent said they directly supported partnerships between corporations and SGBs, and 38 percent indicated that they did not have any activity related to SGB-corporate partnerships. In terms of the nature of their engagement, 29 members engaged with the core business unit, 28 engaged with corporate foundations, 21 engaged with the corporate responsibility unit, and 12 members engaged with all three.

In 2017, facilitating sourcing of goods or materials from SGBs was the most common focus of engagement. In addition, accelerators are increasingly relying on corporations for funding. Nearly half of accelerators are at least partially funded by a corporation [7].