Edited by Lisa Hanley and Allison Garland with contributions by Stuart L. Hart, Rosedel Davies-Adewebi, David Wood, and Keely Stevenson, and featuring the work of Paul Collier, Javier Okhuysen, and Haron Wachira.

Social entrepreneurship offers innovative and alternative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. In spite of increased enthusiasm for generating social change and addressing poverty through market activities, the concept of social enterprise has not yet been clearly defined, particularly as it applies to the Global South. Social entrepreneurship blurs the boundaries between civil society, the state, and the market, embracing a wide range of activities, organizations, and individuals including non-governmental organizations, commercial enterprises, and entrepreneurs that aim for social and economic value creation.

This publication, produced by the Urban Sustainability Laboratory together with Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung, highlights the latest in practice and academic research on the role that social entrepreneurship can play in meeting international development goals and empowering the poor.