With decades of combined experience addressing key developmental challenges for MSMEs and women entrepreneurs in emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the Emerging360 team (www.emerging-360.com) designs solutions that truly engage audiences, build capacity, and change lives in developing and low-income economies. Expertise areas of the Emerging360 team include:
Women’s entrepreneurship and MSME capacity-building
Value chain strengthening and integration for SMEs and women entrepreneurs
Sustainable and inclusive tourism strategy for environmental and cultural heritage sites
Social and environmental diagnostics, market studies, stakeholder mapping and analysis, needs assessments, demand analysis, and sectoral analysis
Financial literacy and financial inclusion
Skills development and training initiatives
Digital innovation, including eLearning, mLearning, blended learning, micro-learning, and knowledge management platforms
Emerging360 takes on high-value international development projects with transformative potential in areas that we’re genuinely passionate about. We focus especially on innovating strategic, inclusive tourism and value-chain-focused solutions to help create sustainable jobs and build the capacity of underserved segments in developing economies, including MSMEs and women entrepreneurs.
Emerging360 is a boutique consultancy focused on global development. We combine rigorous analytical capabilities with deep knowledge and networks across emerging markets. Our clients span the public, private and philanthropic sectors, and we work collaboratively with them to address pressing global problems and generate positive social impact. As an agile, boutique consultancy, we are able to provide significantly more personalized and tailored services than the template-based approaches of the big consulting firms.
Emerging360 brings global perspectives rooted firmly in local realities. We have worked in more than 40 countries, including and have experts on every major continent. This combination of deep local roots and extensive international experience enables us to develop strategies that blend the best global ideas and innovations with local practicalities and partnerships that enable effective implementation.
The diversity and gender balance of our team reflects our guiding principles of equality and inclusion. Our team is unified by a commitment to our mission, top-tier education and professional experience, and first-hand experience living and working in frontier and emerging markets. In all other respects, they reflect the diversity of the countries in which we work and the clients we serve.
We offer our clients a broad set of service lines and expertise areas to serve their needs. Our service lines describe our functional skills (what we do best) and our expertise areas describe our content (what we know best). In each of these, we have a wealth of experience working across numerous subtopics, for multiple client types, across different geographies. Our service lines and expertise areas are included below.
Service Lines (What We Do)
- Strategic Planning
- Environmental & Social Diagnostics
- Sustainable & Inclusive Tourism Design
- Needs Assessments & Market Studies
- Sectoral Analysis
- Inclusive Business Growth
- Product Design
- Skills Development
- Value-Chain Strengthening
- Developmental Econometrics
Expertise Areas (What We Know)
- Access to Finance, Markets, Information, and Training / Skilled Labor for MSMEs
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Financial Inclusion
- Gender Empowerment
- Health and Nutrition
- Human-Centered Design
- Inclusive Economic Development
- Information and Communications Technology
- MSME capacity-building
- Technical and Vocational Training (TVET)
- Tourism Development, incl. protected-area eco-tourism & community tourism in rural areas
- Youth Entrepreneurship
- Women’s Entrepreneurship
Highlights of our expertise:
Substantive experience conducting inclusive tourism research, planning, design, and implementation throughout Asia. For example, the World Bank engaged Emerging360 on 3 separate projects to design and implement detailed market studies of tourism value chains at key Buddhist heritage sites in India with the goal of integrating low-income women into sustainable jobs, developing the markets through focused segmentation, and building the capacity of underserved MSMEs within related value chains.
Deep understanding of the needs and requirements of MSMEs and women entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income country contexts. The Emerging360 team has extensive experience with the issues surrounding the provision of capital to micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises. We work directly with financial institutions to improve SMEs’ and women entrepreneurs’ access to financial services, for example through our work with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. We understand the technical and financial challenges of providing capital for this underserved segment, often referred to as the ‘missing middle’. Additionally, our team has deep expertise in strengthening SMEs as they grow, from helping entrepreneurs craft innovative business models to assessing SMEs’ capacity building and training needs.
Demonstrated success in MSME and women’s entrepreneurship capacity-building program design, including stakeholder mapping, gap analysis, programmatic design, and product innovation for international development contexts, for example via the formative research that led to our design of IFC’s SME Toolkit and partnership work.
Passion for value-chain strengthening and MSME integration in tourism, financial services, technology and other key sectors. For example, through an in-depth analysis of informal employment in Nepal’s tourism and hospitality sectors with a focus on women and youth. And, through export value chain analyses of tourism in Laos and Cambodia, revealing constraints and opportunities for SMEs to enhance access to European markets.
Track record of success in advising the IFC and the broader World Bank Group. Our team has collaborated with IFC, the World Bank, and CGAP over 20 years, particularly on models to support MSMEs, strengthen value chains, and develop key sectors, including tourism, agribusiness, and others.
Our clients are leaders across the private, public and philanthropic sectors. Our team has collaborated with private sector companies, NGOs, and government entities on every major continent, including leading development institutions like the World Bank, IFC, CGAP, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Women’s World Banking, USAID, the United Nations, and SNV Netherlands; technology firms like IBM and Google; financial institutions like Access Bank, ICICI Bank, Banco Santander, and D&B; and telecom firms like Airtel, Dialog, and Vodacom. Our team’s sectoral expertise includes: tourism, health and nutrition, software and ICT, financial services, manufacturing, and education.
Emerging360, Inc. is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, with extended teams in key international markets around the world. With decades of combined experience addressing the most pressing developmental challenges for MSMEs and women entrepreneurs in emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the Emerging360 team (www.emerging-360.com) conducts research studies, provides advisory services, and designs solutions that truly engage audiences, build capacity, and change lives in developing and low-income economies. As a boutique consultancy, Emerging360 has a unique capacity to work in responsive, personalized, and creative partnership with our clients, helping to guide, promote, and increase the value of their important work.
Countries of work experience: Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Vietnam, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Nigeria, Algeria, Benin, Senegal, Zambia, Madagascar, Cameroon, Gabon, Mozambique, South Africa, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, DRC, Rwanda, Lebanon, UAE, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, U.S, Mexico, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Peru.
Sectors: tourism, finance / banking, agribusiness / agriculture, education, health & nutrition, light manufacturing, software.See more