Report: Evidence and Tools for the Effective Mentoring of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

68% of capacity development providers use mentorship as a mechanism to support MSMEs. Yet there is a lack of consensus on what defines effective mentoring, evidence on good practices, and actionable guidance. Through a literature review and interviews with mentoring programs, funders, and others supporters, Spring Impact have collected insights to address these gaps.

This report:

  • Provides a clear definition of mentoring and the distinction between coaching and advising.
  • Details good practices across six stages to promote quality mentoring

The aim of this publication is be a resource for:

a) practitioners who are looking build or refine the mentoring components of their MSME support programs; and

b) funders/ donors and other supporters of MSME development