Knowledge development and sharing

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The deployment of the DGGF generates a wealth of knowledge, findings, lessons learnt and best practices. The objective is to systematise this knowledge to accelerate sector wide learning. Practice-oriented studies will be conducted and knowledge sharing events will be organised, where and when possible in close cooperation with relevant partners.

Events

The DGGF is setting up a series of local events to bring together relevant stakeholders to better understand the key constraints that the missing middle faces, specifically woman and young entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurs in fragile states.

Read more about our first event in Nairobi, co-hosted with the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi, ANDE and EAVCA:
 

Learn more about the #ClosingTheGap event co-hosted with the Netherlands Embassy in Dakar – the first in the series of the francophone West Africa study:

Learn more about the #ClosingTheGap event co-hosted with the APIP in Conakry – the second in the series of the francophone West Africa study:

Learn more about the #ClosingTheGap event hosted in Cotonou - the third in the series of the francophone West Africa study:

Learn more about the #ClosingTheGap event hosted in Lomé - the fourth in the series of the francophone West Africa study:

Learn more about the #ClosingTheGap event hosted in Bamako – the fifth in the series of the francophone West Africa study:

Learn more about the #ClosingTheGap event hosted in Abidjan - the last one in the series of the francophone West Africa study:

Studies

 

Study on small cap SME mezzanine finance

In search for new models to provide risk capital, mezzanine finance, which blends elements from traditional Private Equity (PE) and debt financing into a unique product, provides an additional offer in the SME finance ecosystem for missing middle entrepreneurs.

As a relatively young and rather complex segment in the impact investing space, the commissioned study 'Publication of new perspectives on financing small cap SMEs in emerging markets: the case for mezzanine finance' provides an understanding of the specificities, diversity (and complexities) of it, critical to spur innovative thinking on both the fund managers and investors sides so products may be improved and models may be more scalable. This study is the first of its kind and represents a first step into building small cap SME mezzanine finance as an asset class on its own.


#ClosingTheGap reports

The DGGF is launching a series of reports called #ClosingTheGap that aim to assess the entrepreneurial ecosystems of countries covered by the DGGF mandate.

Learn more about the Kenyan enterprise landscape and specific challenges and needs faced by the different segments of the Kenyan SME sector, particularly the “missing middle” in the pilot study:

In case you have only limited time available, you can get an update on key challenges for the “missing middle” in Kenya by reading this short article:

Discover the Guinean entrepreneurial ecosystem and understand better the challenges faced but also the opportunities awaiting “missing middle” enterprises in Guinea. This is the first report of the regional study covering francophone West Africa:

Get a better understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Togo. This is the second report of the regional study covering francophone West Africa:

In which environment do local entrepreneurs operate in Mali? Get more acquainted with the realities of doing business for small and medium sized enterprises in Mali by reading the third report of the regional study covering francophone West Africa:

What does the SME landscape look like in Benin? What are the challenges faced by the different types of local enterprises and what financial and non-financial services exist to address those?  Get a better understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Benin by reading the 4th report of the regional study covering francophone West Africa:

Dive into the state-of-the-art entrepreneurial ecosystem study covering Senegal by reading the 5th report of the regional study covering francophone West Africa:

Ivory Coast is the focus of the 6th and last country report part of the regional study covering francophone West Africa:

To get a regional overview of the SME landscapes and the specific needs and challenges of the “missing middle(s)” in francophone West Africa, dive into the #ClosingTheGap regional report:

Enterprise Surveys

The DGGF is partnering with the World Bank to undertake enterprise surveys, i.e. a firm-level survey of a representative sample of an economy’s private sector. A vibrant and productive private sector is vital for growth and job creation. To ensure maximal contribution of private firms towards overall economic growth a careful analysis of private firms is required - their structure, performance, the business environment that they operate in, the problems they face in conducting business, the extent of innovation activity they conduct, etc. The possibility of conducting rigorous analysis on the private sector is often severely hampered by lack of high-quality, reliable and comparable data. The World Bank Group Enterprise Analysis Unit (DECEA) has taken the lead in collecting cross-country and over-time comparable data on establishments in the formal sectors.  

Bidding Opportunities

For several of the studies and events to be organized under the SCBD Knowledge component we will use a tendering procedure. Below you can view and download the current tenders and their documentation.