Social Enterprises and the African Context: Myths, Principles and Examples
By Edwin Zu-Cudjoe, Dr Adeyemi Adelekan
What is a social enterprise in an African context? Is it an NGO or can it run as a business and share its profits? How are they different from existing businesses and start-ups? Can it be privately owned and governed? Is it a western idea? Do they pursue environmental goals too? Is my organization a social enterprise and what opportunities does that open up for me?
These questions and more are the focus of our upcoming ASEW spinoff workshop where we will be discussing some misconceptions about social enterprises in Africa and exploring their definition and organizing principles. Some examples from existing research will also be shared to help participants contextualize what is being discussed, while gaining insights into innovative ways to organize as a social enterprise in an African context.
Date: Friday, June 17, 2022