A global support network for propelling entrepreneurship in emerging markets


To create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits


By providing critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses

GDI's Role

GDI helped build a community of practice around small and growing businesses by connecting previously disparate actors in business and international development and encouraging others to enter the market. ANDE became this “connective tissue” both through convening in-person meetings as well as through creating shared terminology and points of reference regarding the meaning of a development entrepreneur. Together with Dalberg, ​GDI developed the theory of change, strategy, initial offerings, business plan, and core starting team for ANDE's launch in 2009. Today, ANDE stands as an independent entity with over 200 members in more than 150 countries

Key People

Andrew SternFounder and Executive Director, GDI

Focus Area

Impact Escalated