SME Program

Entrepreneurship for Development

The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Program at Innovations for Poverty Action seeks to discover and promote effective solutions to the constraints affecting SME growth and entrepreneurship in developing countries. With an affiliate network of over 60 researchers, and in collaboration with its partner organizations, the Program develops and supports cutting-edge evaluations of SME promotion programs and disseminates the resulting evidence to improve the design of SME policies around the world.



Over the past four years, the SME Program has developed a large portfolio of projects aimed at identifying the most effective and cost-efficient means of promoting SME growth. Summaries of these projects can be found here.


Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and SME Growth

The SME Program Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and SME Growth supports high-quality research that contributes to the body of knowledge on SME promotion practices. 



Research Agenda

The SME Program’s research focuses on three key constraints to SME growth: access to finance, human capital and skills, and access to markets.




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