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.
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.
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