New York, United States
September 21, 2016 - September 22, 2016

Lucia Sanchez, SME Program Director, participated in a panel discussion on "Data for Socially Inclusive Economic Growth” at ICSD 2016 in New York. Lucia’s presentation provided an overview of the key problems facing SMEs around access to finance, human capital, and markets, and showcased a series of interrelated research projects aimed at testing effective solutions to those problems. She also shared IPA’s experience bringing together policymakers and researchers to design and rigorously test innovative solutions to the most binding constraints to SME growth in developing countries.
, Philippines
September 14, 2016, September 20, 2016

On September 14th and 20th, IPA Philippines presented two brown bags to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). On the 14th, IPA presented the results of a literature review of similar SLP micro-enterprise and employment facilitation programs found around the world. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion between IPA and DSWD. On the 20th, IPA presented the initial results of an M&E study to the SLP’s Management Committee.
Nairobi, Kenya
February 02, 2016

On February 2, IPA Kenya and The Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat organized a policy forum that brought together researchers, policymakers, and implementing partners to discuss what works in improving youth employment and entrepreneurship. The event highlighted recent research in Kenya aimed at improving youth and women’s employment through training programs, startup capital, and cash grants.
Cambridge, United States
November 20, 2015

The SME Program held its Sixth Working Group meeting at the MIT Sloan School of Management on November 20, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The meeting convened SME Program affiliates to discuss innovative research in the SME space.  Presenters included: Welcome & Overview Lucia Sánchez, Innovations for Poverty Action      “The Growth of New Firms”  Jean-Noël Barrot, MIT Sloan School of Management    
Lima, Peru
November 03, 2015

El martes 3 de noviembre de 2015, IPA Perú, J-PAL LAC, el Ministerio de la Producción (PRODUCE), la Sociedad Nacional de Industrias (SNI) y Consorcio de Organizaciones Privadas de Promoción al Desarrollo de la Micro y pequeña Empresa (COPEME), coorganizaron la Conferencia y Taller de Colaboración “Evidencia para el desarrollo de la pequeña y mediana empresa” en Lima, Perú, en el marco del Programa Pequeña y Mediana Empresa (PYME) de IPA.
Lima, Peru
November 03, 2015

On Tuesday November 3, 2015, IPA Peru, J-PAL LAC, the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Program at IPA, the Ministry of Production, the National Society of Industries of Peru (SNI) and COPEME, co-organized the Conference and Matchmaking Event "Evidence for the development of small and medium enterprises” in Lima, Peru. Lea esta página en español aquí. 
Maumbai, India
March 16, 2015

In collaboration with the Reserve Bank of India, the SME Initiative hosted a conference that brought researchers together with practitioners from the Indian banking sector to discuss innovative, scalable solutions to the challenges that MSMEs face in gaining access to finance.
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Paris, France
January 12, 2015

The SME Initiative kicked off an exciting new partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) on January 12, 2015. A high-level roundtable discussion brought together executives from Tier 1 banks across Africa with SME Initiative researchers and AfDB representatives. The one-day event focused on barriers to SME financing in the region. Participants discussed the challenges that banks face in lending to SMEs, identified potential solutions to those problems, and developed an action plan for testing these innovative ideas in order to expand access to finance for SMEs across Africa.
Mexico City, Mexico
November 01, 2014

Lucia Sanchez (SME Initiative Director, IPA) traveled to Mexico in November to meet with stakeholders in the SME sector. Her meetings included a conversation with Mexico’s Ministry of Economy, the National Institute of Entrepreneurship (INADEM), and Unidad de Productividad Económica to explore ideas for an evaluation of SME support services provided through the National Entrepreneurship Fund. They also discussed evaluating a new program that provides business funding and training to beneficiaries of the Prospera cash transfer program who have started small businesses.
Boston, United States
September 19, 2014

The SME Initiative held its fifth Working Group meeting at the MIT Sloan School of Management on September 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The meeting brought SME Initiative affiliates together to discuss early stage research and opportunities for collaboration.   Presenters included:   Welcome and Overview Lucia Sanchez, Innovations for Poverty Action Antoinette Schoar, MIT Sloan School of Management  
Lima, Peru
August 25, 2014

IPA Peru,  J-PAL, and LAC launched a three-week course and workshop on Experimental Impact Evaluation for policymakers of the Viceministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Industry within Peru’s Ministry of Production. Participants worked with researchers and J-PAL and IPA staff to develop evaluation designs and presented them to the Viceministry. Prior workshops in this series include an introductory course on impact evaluation and a design workshop.
London, United Kingdom
December 13, 2013

In collaboration with Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL), the SME Initiative held its fourth Working Group in London, UK on December 13, 2013. The full day event brought together SME and PEDL affiliates to share innovative research designs, preliminary results, and new research papers.   Presenters included:
New York, United States
May 11, 2013

SME Initiative hosted its third Working Group Meeting on May 11, 2013 at Columbia University in New York, NY. The intent of the meeting was to bring together our affiliate network of researchers and practitioners to discuss and provide feedback on new and upcoming research on SME growth and entrepreneurship. The Working Group provided an opportunity for affiliates of the SME Initiative to share their work, discuss potential areas for collaboration, and network with others active in the SME space.   
Cambridge, United States
November 16, 2012

IPA’s SME Initiative, in collaboration with Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL), held its second Working Group in Cambridge, MA – a full-day event that brought together 41 researchers, practitioners and donors to discuss early-stage research and potential new projects pertaining to SME policy and entrepreneurship. The Working Group provided an opportunity for affiliates of the SME Initiative and PEDL to share their work, discuss potential areas for collaboration, and network with others active in the SME space.