Posts by Emily Darko
In Ghana, the Diaspora is Fueling a Social Enterprise Liftoff : Often well-funded, well-educated returnees are contributing to a ‘brain gain’
Social enterprise in Ghana is taking off and Ghanaians returning from living and studying abroad are playing a key role. But are there lessons from the returning diaspora that could strengthen social enterprise activity even more? A recent British Council and ODI study explores the landscape.
Nairobi was the place to be on the African social enterprise scene last week. A wide range of meetings, conferences and workshops covered topics ranging from the role of government, to the risk of “early celebration-itis" for good but unproven early-stage ideas. The Overseas Development Institute’s Emily Darko describes some highlights.
There is a lot of excitement about social enterprise, and a lot of interest in understanding, financing and supporting these enterprises. But there has been no comprehensive data on the actual amount of capital investment and non-financial support given to social enterprises and the development of their market infrastructure. ODI undertook a study to establish existing data gaps and to see if it was both feasible and useful to compile this data. Emily Darko of ODI describes their findings.