ANDE is a global network of entrepreneurs working to end poverty in developing economies. The nearly 300 member organizations in ANDE’s network work in over 150 countries and support nearly 200,000 small and growing businesses each year. By providing critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses, ANDE aims to create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits.
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”. ANDE was GDI’s first incubated initiative; together with Dalberg, GDI developed the theory of change, strategy, initial offerings, business plan, and core starting team for ANDE’s launch in 2009.