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Why Americans Struggle to Share Power — And How Western Social Entrepreneurs Should Change Their Approach to Empowerment in the Global South

Who has the power in impact-focused enterprise? Many believe that this question lies at the heart of social enterprises’ work, and that localizing power should be a core goal of the sector. But as Andrea Nelson Trice explains, this approach remains discouragingly rare among Western businesses and investors in emerging markets. She explores why it’s so difficult for Westerners — and particularly Americans — to empower others, and shares solutions based on interviews and case studies with 90 American and Global South leaders working in the development space.

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