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The Broker magazine features expert contributions at the forefront of international development debates. Our stories go beyond mainstream discussions, putting new or different developments into perspective.

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It’s not the missing middle, it’s our missing memory

After microfinance, the ‘missing middle’ is the new buzzword for SME development experts. Klaas Molenaar recommends to take a look into the history of microfinance to question the hype.

Informal workers’ associations could boost SME growth

In their stead, informal worker’s associations have assumed an important role, representing their increasing members in front of governments and the private sector. But how can unionization contribute to SME growth and employment?

It’s not just the economy, stupid

A “good business environment” has been cited over and over as a decisive factor for SME development. Yet upgrading a micro enterprise to a small or medium-sized business requires a lot more than that, argue Caroline Reeg and Markus Loewe.

How can entrepreneurship really make an impact?

In conflict-affected societies, entrepreneurship promotion plays a crucial role in harvesting young people’s innovative potential and in stirring economic growth on a national level.But what do those entrepreneurs really need?

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