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  • A Student Start-up in the Education Sector Goes Global - The Case Centre Collection

    Tor Johannessen

    The case traces the growth of a socially-oriented student start-up into multinational company in the educational sector, and the firm's strategic choices and actions when it opted to expand to other markets.

  • ALTIS: A Microfinance Startup in Nepal - The Oikos Collection

    Jacen Greene and Scott Marshall

    This case describes the issues and dilemmas facing a social entrepreneur in his efforts to initiate a microfinance operation in the rural agricultural areas of Nepal. Although Nepal government supports microfinance models, a recent civil war severely disrupted government services and worsened poverty. The case covers the recent history of Nepal, the condition of the country’s capital markets, the ALTIS concept and the competitive landscape.

  • An Introduction to Social Return on Investment - The Case Centre Collection

    Laura K. Arrillaga and David W. Hoyt

    The effectiveness of investments in not-for-profits is difficult to measure because of the social outcome-orientation of these organizations. This paper introduces the concept of 'social return on investment (SROI),' in which socio-economic results are quantified together with traditional financial measures.

  • Associação Saúde Criança : Em busca do crescimento e da sustentabilidade

    Tania M. V. Limeira (Fundação Getulio Vargas-EAESP)

    A Associação Saúde Criança (ASC) é uma organização social que trabalha com uma metodologia pioneira para a promoção da saúde integral e da inclusão social das famílias de crianças atendidas em unidades publicas de saúde. Foi fundada em 1991, no Rio de Janeiro, pela Dra. Vera Cordeiro, que é empreendedora social da Ashoka. Desde sua fundação, a metodologia da ASC foi replicada em 23 organizações associadas a hospitais públicos do país, tornando-se um modelo bem sucedido em tratamento de saúde aliado ao combate da pobreza, reconhecido no Brasil e no exterior.

  • Auntie Muni - Informal Woman Business in Ghana

    Nnamdi Madichie London School of Business and Management

    This case study highlights how a woman business owner navigated the harsh realities of Ghana's informal sector and what lessons might be learnt by budding entrepreneurs. It also looks at policy implications for formalizing the informal sector.

  • Bamboo Innovation Ecosystem - The Empretec Collection

    This case study is designed to help students gain insights into running a profitable business that promotes innovation and growth of other businesses, including those in underserved, low-income areas. It illustrates how Bamboo Innovation Ecosystem, a business based in Jo-hannesburg, has helped to promote growth among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in low-income communities by developing and managing their brands, as well as creating employment for unemployed creative young people with expertise in branding who live in these communities.

  • Building Local Capacity for Health Commodity Manufacturing: A to Z Textile Mills LTD - The Case Centre Collection

    Kileken ole-MoiYoi and William Rodriguez

    This case focuses on the establishment of the Olyset Consortium-a public-private partnership that was created to facilitate the manufacture of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets to prevent malaria infection in sub-Saharan Africa-and A to Z Textile Mills ('A to Z'), the manufacturer of the nets in Arusha, Tanzania. The case examines how the public-private partnership was developed, its use of an incentive-based supply chain, A to Z's business model and impact, and the sustainability of the venture. The case reveals that despite significant success in attaining objectives, the misaligned incentives of the many partners presented major obstacles to the overall sustainability of A to Z's Olyset production line.

  • Carreta da Saúde : Crescimento Sustentável e Gestão Eficiente

    Tania M. V. Limeira (Fundação Getulio Vargas - EAESP)

    A Associação Beneficente Ebenézer, fundada pelo médico Roberto Kikawa, apoia pacientes terminais e suas famílias. Em 2008, a Associação lançou o Projeto CIES (Centro de Integração de Educação e Saúde) para atender à população brasileira, especialmente em condições sócio-econômicas vulneráveis, realizando exames médicos e diagnósticos em até dez especialidades, por meio de um centro médico móvel sobre rodas, mais conhecido como “Carreta da Saúde”. Segundo seu fundador, “é uma organização híbrida cujo principal objetivo é solucionar um problema social - a dificuldade ao acesso à saúde - , porém, como em qualquer outra empresa, paga impostos e gera lucro, que é reinvestido totalmente na autossustentabilidade da organização”.

  • ContextPlay - The Empretec Collection

    Lara Cookey is the CEO and lead designer of Contextplay, a business that designs and sells learning materials, playground equipment and furniture aimed at helping young children to develop their academic, emotional, physical and psychological abilities. Realizing the importance of early childhood development and the increasing role that learning materials and tools play, Lara, an interior designer by profession, tapped into the growing demand for products designed to enhance learning.

  • Digital Divide Data: From Tiny IT Firm to Social Giant - The Case Centre Collection

    Anju Matthew, Grete Rod, Jaime Villalobos and David Yates

    Digital Divide Data grew from a small IT outsourcing company in Cambodia to an internationally recognized social enterprise. In 2009, the company weighed its options to expand yet it also opted to maintain its social mission, which is to offer training and employment to disadvantaged youth. This study tracks its journey.

  • Distributing to the Bottom of the Pyramid - The Case Centre Collection

    Leif Sjoblom, Winifred Karugu and Lisa Mwezi Schuepbach

    This three part case series deals with the distribution of FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) to low income areas in Kenya.

  • Dr. Consulta : The Entrepreneurial Challenges of Impact Investing in Healthcare for the Base of the Pyramid in Brazil

    Johannes Boch, Angélica Rotondaro and Timo Meynhardt

    The case study combines questions of healthcare challenges in Brazil, making business with the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) and possibilities for Impact Investing.

  • Empreendedorismo Social no Brasil: Estado da arte e desafios

    Este artigo apresenta uma perspectiva ampla do campo do empreendedorismo social no Brasil, contextualizando o seu processo de formação e descrevendo as relações entre os principais atores do ecossistema. O artigo se desdobra em seis partes. Na primeira, é apresentado o debate atual sobre a definição de empreendedorismo social.

  • Equity Bank - The Case Centre Collection

    Garth Saloner and Bethany Coates

    In 1994, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) found Equity Building Society (later renamed Equity Bank) to be technically insolvent with poor management and inadequate board supervision. Equity officials agreed to overhaul the firm's strategy and operations in exchange for avoiding dissolution. In 1995, Mwangi decided to get personally involved in turning Equity around. During his time at Equity, he oversaw its massive transformation from a small insolvent mortgage lending company to a fast growing internationally-recognized financial services bank. Throughout the organization's evolution, it had focused exclusively on Kenya's economically marginalized citizens, the so-called "unbankable" population.

  • Fair Trade Coffee: the mainstream debate - The Case Centre Collection

    Richard Locke, Cate Reavis and Diane Cameron

    This note describes the coffee industry, the rise of the fair trade movement, and if and how fair trade coffee can be scaled up without compromising the economic and social standards that are at the heart of fair trade.

  • Fula & Style - The Case Centre Collection

    Iqbal Quadir and Richard Luecke

    Kane’s affinity for style and her work experience opened her eyes to a business opportunity that no one else seemed to have noticed: supplying affordable, fashionable, and climate-appropriate clothing for Africa’s growing number of professional and office workers.

  • Gallina Blanca Star- Africa

    Bianca Szecowka and Lluís G. Renart

    The case provides scope for analysis of a set of marketing strategy issues in Africa, with a product aimed at the "base of the pyramid," while also taking corporate social responsibility considerations into account.

  • Global Fund for Women - The Case Centre Collection

    Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen and Victoria Chang

    An overview of the Global Fund for Women's operations and the strategic and organizational changes introduced to build a more efficient grant-making institution.

  • HIV in Thailand: The 100% Condom Program - The Case Centre Collection

    Sarun Charumilind, Sachin H Jain and Joseph Rhatigan

    A case that explores how public health interventions are designed, refined and implemented, using Thailand's 100% Condom Program as example.

  • Heaven Kigali – Narratives & Realities of a Woman Business Owner

    Nnamdi Madichie London School of Business and Management

    This study highlights the story of Heaven Restaurant & Bar in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, owned and managed by Alissa Ruxin, an American woman who has been doing business in a foreign country since 2006. The study develops a teaching case using the narratives of Alissa who sought to overcome the liability of foreignness as a minority entrepreneur.

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