Key Themes - Building Markets
  • Environmental Sustainability

    Through our work in Myanmar, we have learned that small businesses can adopt green business practices and contribute directly to mitigating climate change through a variety of sectors such as waste management and sustainable construction. We help small businesses engage in climate-beneficial activities that promote circularity and environmental sustainability.

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  • Refugees & Migrants

    Our programs in Türkiye and Colombia research the value that refugee owned or employing small businesses provide to local communities and the wider host community, from jobs created, to economic revenue generated.

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  • Supplier Diversity & Procurement

    Building Markets collects and provides reliable supplier data and services that help buyers diversify their supply chains, engage in responsible sourcing, and fast-track their access to local markets. Winning Contracts is a cornerstone of Building Markets training. Our data shows that small businesses who complete our training increase their chances of winning bids by 200% and earn three times more revenue compared to firms without training.

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  • Women

    Women face barriers to participation, such as a lack of availability of childcare and social norms that discourage female participation in the labor force. Women’s low participation rates and tendency to keep their businesses small and informal represent a vast loss of potential. We design programs with a complete understanding of the constraints faced by women entrepreneurs and a goal of ensuring that they benefit fully from our offerings.

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