Research

The "empowering people. Network" with its research initiatives explores the impact of social enterprises and develops practical recommendations for action.

How to combat poverty through markets? What is the social aspect of a company and how does it relate to its economic function? How are social enterprises changing the landscape of development cooperation and how are they influencing local projects? To explore these and other questions and to provide decision-making support for those in the field, Siemens Stiftung together with Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen founded the International Research Network for Social Economic Empowerment (IRENE I SEE) for socio-economic analyses.

Together with partner universities in Ethiopia, Columbia, Mexico, and South Africa, the network researches “social economic empowerment” with a focus on entrepreneurial solutions to social problems. Under the program, financing is awarded to promising Ph.D. candidates who compile primary data on specific questions about social economic empowerment in their own country and create empirical studies.

Publication

The final publication of the International Research Network on Social and Economic Empowerment (IRENE I SEE) is now available. With a focus on social enterprises and market-oriented solutions in Africa and Latin America the book encompasses a range of topics with different contexts which has resulted in a rich picture of initiatives and innovations taking place across the globe as efforts to reduce poverty and provide basic services through entrepreneurial approaches are intensified.

 

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You can now download the joint study by Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung here:

"TAKING THE PULSE OF THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LANDSCAPE IN DEVELOPING AND EMERGING ECONOMIES: INSIGHTS FROM COLOMBIA, MEXICO, KENYA AND SOUTH AFRICA"  Download

Grameen Social Business Research Conference

  • 7384 GSBS Research Conference on Social Business Hi21cm
  • 7578 GSBS Opening plenary Andreas Heinecke Hi21cm
  • 7655 GSBS Portraits Hi21cm
  • 7734 GSBS Renewable energy technology adoption in rural households Fikru Arja Hi21cm
  • 7740 GSBS Renewable energy technology adoption in rural households Fikru Arja Hi21cm
  • 7824 GSBS Parallel panel sessions Empowerment through Social Business Johanna Mair Hi21cm
  • 7912 GSBS Parallel panel sessions Social Business as Hybrid Organizations Hi21cm
  • 7926 GSBS Parallel panel sessions Empowerment through Social Business Janelle Kerlin Hi21cm
  • 7974 GSBS Parallel panel sessions Empowerment through Social Business Alfred Mbekezeli Mthimkhulu Hi21cm
  • 7976 GSBS Parallel panel sessions Empowerment through Social Business Hi21cm
  • 8012 GSBS Parallel panel sessions Empowerment through Social Business Mario Cesar Da vila Aguirre Hi21cm
  • 8050 GSBS Parallel panel sessions Social Business as Hybrid Organizations Aline Margaux Wachner Hi21cm
  • 8074 GSBS Parallel panel sessions Social Business as Hybrid Organizations Tim Weiss Hi21cm
  • 8820 GSBS Informal networking space Hi21cm
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  • 8903 GSBS Cultivating an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs Aline Margaux Wachner and Tim Weiss Hi21cm
  • 8912 GSBS Cultivating an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs Aline Margaux Wachner and Tim Weiss Hi21cm
  • 8918 GSBS Cultivating an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs Aline Margaux Wachner and Tim Weiss Hi21cm
  • 8932 GSBS Cultivating an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs Aline Margaux Wachner and Tim Weiss Hi21cm
  • 8981 GSBS Cultivating an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs Panel discussion Hi21cm
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Contact

If you want to know more about the research projects of the "empowering people. Network" you can contact our team member Dr. Beate Grotehans here.

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Interview

Watch Dr. Nathalie von Siemens who explains why the "empowering people. Network" conducts research projects and thereby provides a bridge between researchers and practitioners.

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Paper

"Locating Social Entrepreneurship in the Global South" is a joint publication by the Wilson Center, Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung. Edited by Lisa Hanley and Allison Garland.

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Paper

"Leveraging low income farmers’ performance through empowerment: Analysis of a sustainable initiative in Mexico" - read the paper of IRENE researchers Mario César Davila-Aguirre, Lisa Hanley, Gerardo Lozano- Fernández, Thomas Ly.

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