Supporting through a Systems Lens
In 2021 Small Foundation decided to formally use systems thinking tools and techniques to review our strengths, weaknesses, and understanding of the systems that we work in.
We reaffirmed the central importance of thriving micro, small and medium sized enterprises as key drivers of poverty-reducing change in the rural economies of sub-Saharan Africa.
We also identified system entry points around which to focus our work. These entry points set out the systems changes we believe will spur the proliferation and growth of MSMEs across Africa. They are also aligned with where Small Foundation and our partners have relevant and potentially additional skills and capabilities that could be leveraged in service of these ambitions.
Nature of Our Support
We provide appropriate financial support to help our partners achieve financial sustainability and greater social impact.
Our non-financial support includes enabling access to learning, leveraging our networks, and our staff serving in governance roles where needed.
We support impact networks that seek to drive systemic change in MSME business ecosystems by increasing effective connection and collaboration between multiple stakeholders.
Our Support Criteria
- Compatibility with SF’s systems change strategy
- Effectiveness of impact on extreme poverty
- Sustainability of impact
- Scalability of impact
- High leverage point in ecosystem
- Additionality of SF’s support
- SF capacity to support effectively
- Degree of local involvement.