A Global Comparison
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Tufts University Press
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Field organizations, corresponding to what we now call ‘‘social enterprises,’’ have existed since well before the mid-1990s when the term began to be increasingly used in both Western Europe and the United States. Indeed, the third sector, be it called the nonprofit sector or the social economy, has long witnessed entrepreneurial dynamics that resulted in...
Social enterprise has been a growing global phenomenon for over two decades.∞ Though the concept of using market-based approaches to address social issues is not new in many societies, use of the term ‘‘social enterprise’’ to describe specific, often innovative, types of this kind of activity is new. Around the world, common activities associated...
2: Western Europe
In Western Europe, according to Defourny and Nyssens (2006, p. 4), the concept of social enterprise ‘‘made its first appearance in the early 1990s, at the very heart of the third sector, following an impetus that was first Italian, linked closely with the cooperative movement.’’ Indeed, according to European tradition (Evers & Laville, 2004), the third...
3: East-Central Europe
Social enterprise in East-Central Europe has emerged from the concepts of the third sector, nonprofit organizations, and the social economy, including both institutionalized entities such as associations, foundations, and cooperatives and noninstitutionalized entities such as self-help groups and other initiatives without legal identity (see figure 3.1).
4: Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, the conceptual framework for social enterprise varies from country to country. Dr. Eduardo Morato of the Philippines created a theoretical framework in 1994 when social enterprise was a relatively unused concept. He postulated that ‘‘the social enterprise exists...
5: United States
Social enterprise in the United States is becoming a watchword in both nonprofit and business communities as a way of coupling the resources generated by market activities with the social ambitions of nonprofit organizations. While not a new concept, social enterprise labeled...
6: Zimbabwe and Zambia
Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have become universally recognized in African societies as key development actors. For ngos, social enterprise is a core strategy for social and economic development, and this is often evident in their mission statements. Some NGOs...
This chapter describes and analyzes some characteristics of social enterprises that have appeared in Argentina over the last few years in response to social concerns that have affected the country. Broadly speaking, social enterprise, as used in this chapter, refers to any private...
Since the early 2000s, the concept of social enterprise has increasingly attracted public attention as an alternative business model for traditional nonprofit organizations, businesses, and public-private partnerships in Japan. Recently, the Japanese national government and some...
9: A Comparison of Social Enterprise Models and Contexts
In countries around the world, the term ‘‘social enterprise’’ is becoming increasingly associated with the broad idea of commercial revenue generation in the service of charitable activities. However, as the preceding chapters show, the concept is also becoming connected to a...