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New models for social good take hold 

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

The Portuguese non-profit, B-Lab Portugal and Lusophone Africa, is working to advance the BCorp model in Portugal. BCorps are ‘for-profit companies certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency’. Over 2200 BCorps currently exist in over 50 countries, in a multitude of sectors.   …


Services and rights: The twain do meet

India Development Review 9 August 2017

Unlike Western philanthropy, which has a fairly long history and deep relationships with the social sector (including in India), organised Indian philanthropy is quite new—with the exception of the Tatas and Birlas. This is not …


Grassroots efforts to effect change: some crucial but often overlooked points

7 Emmanuel Otoo 29 June 2017

Grassroots initiatives are spontaneous and home-grown efforts, usually led by locals with a passion for addressing needs in their communities. Some grassroots initiatives seek to respond to the needs of people affected by hostile situations …

A kite flies higher in windy conditions – reflections on the Bond Conference

Kathryn Murrell 27 March 2017

‘Disruption is the only certainty at the moment’, said Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso, director of African Monitor. That sentiment certainly feels true at the moment. The Bond Annual Conference 2017, a major gathering of international development organizations, …

Business, technology and impact: a powerful blend

1 Chandrima Das 26 January 2017

Entrepreneurs working to build and scale hardware technologies tailored to the needs of people living in poverty need support in creating the right blend of robust business competencies and strong technical capabilities. These entrepreneurs (we …

Agribusiness in East Africa: Innovative Social Enterprises

Intellecap 20 January 2017

Social entrepreneurs are improving rural employment, empowering communities, and tackling various constraints in the food value chain. The concept of social entrepreneurship, the idea of using business to solve major social and environmental problems, is …

Meet Singapore’s Laurence Lien – the fifth of this year’s Olga Prize finalists

Alliance magazine 11 November 2016

About Laurence Lien Laurence Lien combines a number of roles in the philanthropic infrastructure of Singapore and of Asia generally. He is co‑founder and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), launched in 2015. He …

Meet the fourth of this year’s Olga Prize finalists – Neville Gabriel from South Africa

Alliance magazine 10 November 2016

About Neville Gabriel Neville Gabriel is executive director of the Other Foundation, an African trust dedicated to advancing human rights in Southern Africa, with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) …

Meet this year’s Olga Prize finalists – starting with Paul Bacher, founder of ORTJET

Alliance magazine 7 November 2016

As we count down to the unveiling of the 2016 Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize winner, over the next seven days we will be profiling each of the seven finalists, giving you an insight into their …

Getting Beyond Better – How social entrepreneurship works
 Roger L. Martin and Sally Osberg

Michael Alberg-Seberich 1 December 2015 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Michael Alberg-Seberich This is a book about systems change or, as the authors call it, ‘equilibrium change’. It may be a cliché, but in social sciences or humanities this issue often implies complicated …