Sustainable Local Enterprise Networks

A team of researchers affiliated with FSED have developed an applied model of business development in developing countries and emerging markets.  Sustainable Local Enterprise Networks (SLENs) are collaborative, trust-based networks that aim to deliver human, social, financial and ecological benefits for all participants. They address objectives of sustainable development and poverty alleviation by fostering relationships and building capacity among various partners, including entrepreneurs, the development sector, investors, universities, communities, government representatives and others. SLENs offer an alternative to traditional development activities that often have a narrow time-limited focus and undermine local generation of creativity, capabilities and self-reliance. To read more, see the interview with David Wheeler.

To learn more about how local NGOs can strengthen markets and value chains, see Poverty Alleviation for Poor Producers in Developing Countries.