Limited access to finance, low levels of human capital, and inefficient markets often constrain businesses in developing countries from growing and creating jobs.

Despite countless programs aimed at addressing these barriers to growth, little evidence exists on how to unlock the potential of the SME sector. The Small & Medium Enterprise Program at IPA works to discover and promote effective solutions for SME growth and entrepreneurship.  MORE »

Access to Finance

Evaluating programs that reduce the risks and costs of lending to SMEs

Human Capital & Skills

Assessing interventions that improve managerial capacity at the firm level

Access to Markets

Producing rigorous evidence to facilitate market access for entrepreneurs