A Global initiative to support SMEs in going digital

Co-organised by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions, and Cities in cooperation with Business at OECD, the OECD Digital for SMEs Global Initiative (D4SME) intends to promote knowledge sharing and learnings on how different types of SMEs can seize the benefits of digitalisation, and on the role of government, regulators, business sectors and other institutions in supporting SME digitalisation. The D4SME contributes insights to the work of the OECD Committee on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (CSMEE). The research outputs and policy dialogue insights under the D4SME initiative, resulting from the co-operation among representatives from OECD governments and private sector, including business associations, entrepreneurs, large and small businesses, provide a complementary perspective on SME digitalisation and on the most effective policies to foster the digital transition of highly diverse SME populations. 

The D4SME initiative is mandated by a bi-annual programme of work, which entails three pillars. The pillars that underpin the development of the initiative are:


Programme of Work











What now for digitalisation of SMEs?

Many SMEs are lagging behind the digital transition. Most of them ignore the potential benefits in productivity and competitiveness, cannot clearly identify their needs, or do not have enough capabilities or financial resources to access and effectively use digital instruments. The SME digital gap slows productivity growth and widens inequalities among people, firms and locations. The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly accelerated the need for businesses to operate digitally, making this issue a top policy priority for OECD government.



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