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Enterprise Development programmes

Helping small businesses to grow is key to poverty alleviation, economic growth and human development. In developing countries, large companies like SABMiller are increasingly supporting small businesses to strengthen their value chains and local communities. We are ideally placed to do this as we can create demand for the goods and services small enterprises offer and provide information, training and technology and, in some cases help them access financing, to enable them to meet market demand.

In the course of supporting thousands of micro, small and medium enterprises within its value chain and communities around the world, SABMiller has learned that in addition to leveraging our core business operations and scale, success also depends on ensuring that growing enterprises are embedded in a strong and supportive "business ecosystem" that includes and goes beyond the company itself, to encompass amongst others: businesses, government agencies, education and training providers and the media.

Watch this prezi to see how SABMiller builds these business ecosystems to support entrepreneurship in South Africa and Colombia.


Last week, Business Fights Poverty launched a new report by the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative (CSRI): "Sustaining and Scaling the Impact of Enterprise Development Programmes", which draws on SABMiller's experience to show how strengthening the underlying business ecosystem around an enterprise development programme can enhance sustainability and impact.

Watch the video of the event here:


Download Sustaining and Scaling the Impact of Enterprise Development Programmes PDF (5.4MB)


Collaboration is key to job creation in South Africa

20 January 2014

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Vincent Maphai

Helping small enterprise is everybody's business

20 January 2014

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Andres Peñate