Weaving Micro and Small Enterprises Into Global Value Chains

  • Date Posted: June 2, 2010
  • Authors: Elizabeth Dunn, Lillian Villeda
  • Organizations: Microfinance Opportunities
  • Document Types: Case Study or Vignette, Evidence or Research
  • Donor Type: US Agency for International Development

The purpose of the Analysis of the Integration of MSEs in Value Chains (AIMVC) field studies is to better understand how MSEs are integrated into productive value chains and the effects of this integration on both MSEs and value chains. The outcome of this research will be important in developing strategies for promoting more effective linkages of MSEs into productive value chains. The primary focus of the research is to develop a better understanding of the following:

  • The factors influencing MSE owners’ decisions to participate in value chains and upgrade their businesses in ways that enhance their competitiveness (i.e., real and perceived opportunities, barriers, risks, benefits, and costs).
  • The relationships between MSEs and other firms in the value chain, both vertically and horizontally.
  • The effects of interfirm relationships on the structure and competitiveness of the value chain.