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To Survive As A Social Enterprise, Purpose Has To Come Second

In 2012, Anna Robertson asked herself a question that many young people working in international development ask, “Who benefits from these programs?” She was working in Ghana on behalf of the Australian Government and was seeing a lot of money move from Government to Government. She was seeing a lot of “box ticking”. But at

When Green Infrastructure Is an Anti-Poverty Strategy

Cully, a neighborhood in Northeast Portland, is among the most ethnically diverse in Oregon. It is also marked by poverty, rapid gentrification, and inequitable access to quality public infrastructure. Many green infrastructure project teams flounder when trying to couple social justice with their environmental goals, but in Cully green infrastructure provision is linked explicitly with

Research shows people want public services delivered by social enterprises

New research conducted by YouGov shows people trust social enterprises more than private enterprises to deliver outsourced public services and believe they do so with more expertise, efficiency and value for money. The findings demonstrate the public want to see a better model to deliver services, and would prefer local authorities to contract with purpose-driven

Promoting social enterprise is a developmental advantage

Could the answer to development and other thematic issues in the global south be solved by social enterprise? The increase of small and large business corporations in the global south especially in Africa is evident in the variety of goods and services provided. The thematic issues surrounding development are complexly intertwined. The precarity of the monumental

Social Entrepreneurs, Create A Startup Then Do Good Like These Four Companies.

For years, it seemed that people who wanted to do good in the world thought they needed to create a non-profit. Now we are seeing a change as for-profit businesses tackle what were traditionally non-profit goals. Social entrepreneurship is the growing realm of mission driven business enterprises that view financial success as a way to

Emerging countries to enact laws for workplace protection

Many emerging countries were under foreign colonization in the last century. This partly explains why these countries have been slow to protect workers. Colonial priorities were seldom about workplace safety. In the 21st century, the world has known rapid development of internet technology and digitalization. The globe is becoming like a small village where much

Building a social enterprise from scratch

IMPACT investments are increasingly capturing the imagination and passion of younger investors, but one family has done more than just dip their toes into the asset class. Lam Shumei, daughter of the late successful entrepreneur and businessman Larry Lam, built a chicken farm in Rwanda from scratch in 2014, braving an arid bushland, unfamiliar business

Making Sure AI Is Socially Responsible

A report published recently by Martha Lane Fox’s Doteveryone think tank revealed that 59 per cent of tech workers have experience of working on products that they felt might be harmful for society, with more than a quarter of those feeling so strongly that they quit their job over it. This was particularly marked in relation to

Breaking The ‘Triple Glass Ceiling’ For Women In Social Enterprise

“I would encourage people to look at the wonderful work of women in social and environmental enterprises have created and learn from their journey.” Empowering women and achieving gender equality are not only moral imperatives, they are crucial to creating inclusive, open, and prosperous societies. Yet the barriers to doing so are daunting. The UN’s Sustainable

Wow!: 10 Social Enterprises That Are Helping Refugees

From virtual banking to flower arranging, businesses seeking to help refugees are multiplying as the number of people forced from their homes around the world grows. There are now 25.9 million refugees globally, according to the United Nations, and some have found innovative ways to earn a living while helping their adopted communities or others

In Hong Kong, the man with a novel solution to its housing, poverty issues

HONG KONG: He was visiting the homes of the underprivileged when he met a mother and son living in a unit in a building waiting to be redeveloped. “The son was doing his homework, and I noticed that behind him, water was dripping. It had a foul smell, like sewage … The mother was mopping

5 Examples of Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Today, social entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in size, scope and support. An unprecedented number of organizations are using entrepreneurship as a strategy to address social problems like poverty, at-risk youth and hunger. Social entrepreneurs are developing creative and innovative organizations that give people the tools, education and resources to become an entrepreneur. As entrepreneurs, they

Meet the ocean cleanup company that’s removed 4.7 million pounds of trash

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans this week to eliminate single-use plastics nationwide as early as 2021, the latest move in a global effort to curb plastic pollution. While lawmakers are taking action on land, two surfers from Florida are fighting the battle on the water: Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze, who founded the ocean

One brick at a time: building a better future

The brick-clay industry employs around 10 million people in India. The industry also burns around 35–40million tonnes of coal per year, emitting carbon dioxide and sulfur, contributing to air pollution. According to India’s Central Pollution Control Board, India produces over 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste daily, much of which ends up in landfills. Ultimately, 40

How waterless toilets can make a splash

Twenty-eight-year-old Jenifer Colpas is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Tierra Grata. It is a social enterprise that sets out to address the need for basic energy, water and sanitation services in Colombia. Her team trains women in good water and sanitation practices. They install low-cost bathrooms with ecological toilets that do not require water, saving

How to Deploy Tech Solutions to the World’s Greatest Challenges at Scale

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door,” argued Ralph Waldo Emerson, the 19th century US lecturer, philosopher, and essayist. In other words, if scientists and engineers invent a better solution to something, scaling and deployment will happen automatically. Although Emerson was writing in the 19th century, we are

The $80 Trillion World Economy in One Chart

The latest estimate from the World Bank puts global GDP at roughly $80 trillion in nominal terms for 2017. Today’s chart from HowMuch.net uses this data to show all major economies in a visualization called a Voronoi diagram – let’s dive into the stats to learn more. The World’s Top 10 Economies Here are the world’s top

Corporate purpose requires a mindset shift

Tough talk is over for responsible business. With big issues such as climate breakdown, plastic pollution and modern slavery making headlines every day, surely the time to act is now? According to Dr Wayne Visser, professor of integrated value and sustainable transformation at Antwerp Management School, the question is not whether companies act, but how. “It matters whether their responsible

The future of aid: How the global development business is evolving

The Chief Economist of the World Bank, Pinelopi Goldberg, recently called out the need for a “new vision in development.” We may not yet have a clear new vision, but thanks to three recent publications, we know some of the components. Raj Kumar’s “The Business of Changing the World” contrasts “new aid” with “old aid” and is

This Coffee Company Offers The Homeless Job Training, A Way Out Of Poverty

London has seen a growing number of homeless people on its streets in the past decade, a troubling trend that didn’t escape Cemal Ezel when he was eager to start a business with a social mission. The familiar plea for money from the homeless was like a knock on his conscience. “I don’t know what