CDC Development Solutions, US-based non-profit with over 20 years of experience, leverages public, private and volunteer resources to strengthen SMEs and the institutions, governments, and industries that drive economic growth in emerging markets. Global Citizenship & Volunteerism Throughout our twenty year history, CDC Development Solutions has utilized the knowledge and expertise of volunteers to provide much of our most impactful services. Whether it be highly experienced short-term Volunteer Advisors, all with a minimum of 10 years of practical experience, MBA Enterprise Corps Advisors and MBAs Without Borders participants, recent business school graduates who volunteer their time for up to one year, or drawing from our Corporate Volunteer Corps, CDC Development Solutions' volunteers represent a cost-effective way to provide training and technical assistance while acting as citizen diplomats, building bridges across cultural and economic divides. CDS currently places hundreds of volunteers yearly in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Supply Chain Development For twenty years, CDC Development Solutions has applied our unique assets and methodology to enabling micro, small and medium sized enterprises in emerging markets to access national, regional and transnational supply chains. In countries as diverse as Russia, Jamaica and Angola, our work builds the technical capacities of micro, small and medium sized firms while providing them with the resources and tools they need to bid on and win contracts. Stability and Economic Recovery CDC Development Solutions increasingly operates in countries facing political or economic crisis or dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters or conflict, designing innovative programs that seek to mitigate some of the root economic and social causes of conflict, to minimize the conditions for a return to violence in post-conflict states, and to assist in a nation’s timely and broad-based recovery in the wake of a disaster. CDC Development Solutions practice builds on twin principles: (1) many conflicts can be prevented by developing healthy economies and spreading the benefits of prosperity and (2) the aftermath of most conflicts and disasters can be better-managed and recovery can occur more quickly not only through strong institutions and leadership but also through the utilization of key components of private sector economies. Tourism Development In both established tourism destinations such as the Caribbean and nascent markets like Mali and Nigeria, CDC Development Solutions applies our expertise in working with micro, small and medium sized firms to utilize the power of domestic and international tourism as a tool for broad-based economic growth. Our methodologies, which are encompassed by our Tourism Employment Opportunities (TEMPO) model and supported by our Tourism Products Registry and Tourism Development Corps, create sustainable tourism enterprises and ensure that development is undertaken in a responsible manner that supports small businesses, local communities, cultural heritage, and environmental stewardship. Access to Finance for Development The Access to Finance for Development practice mobilizes small business financing in emerging markets. CDS provides training and technical assistance to local SMEs to access bank loans and equity investments, as well as to local banks to increase their small business lending capabilities. CDS has also conducted feasibility studies and consultancies on SME loan guarantee facilities in Equatorial Guinea and Angola to leverage its work in supply chain development. Finally, CDS supports SME risk capital fund managers through deal flow development, portfolio value creation, investment staff training and technical assistance fund raising.