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Cookie-cutter approach to social enterprise

Two years ago, [Alicia] Polak founded The Khayelitsha Cookie Co., which now employs 11 women from the sprawling shantytown to bake high-end cookies and brownies that are distributed to top hotels, restaurants and coffeehouses throughout South Africa. The cookies come packed in plastic with a cartoon on the front showing a big, African 'mama' in traditional dress and the company slogan: "Creating opportunity one bite at a time."

Drucker on social enterprise

Social problems are dysfunctions of society and – at least potentially – degenerative diseases of the body politic. They are ills. But for the management of institutions, and, above all, for business management, they represent challenges. They are major sources of opportunity…

Corporate governance for state enterprises

In spite of extensive privatization over the last two decades, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are still a mainstay in many developing economies. China, India, Russia and South Africa are just a few countries where wholly or partly government-owned SOEs remain productive and influential.

Female entrepreneurship in Afghanistan

According to Microfinance Times, 75 percent of all active microcredit borrowers in Afghanistan are now women, many of whom use their loans to start businesses. Beauty parlors, tailoring shops, and bakeries are just some of the enterprises these women now own. Their efforts, observers say, are indispensable in the struggle to reverse decades of deprivation in Afghanistan…

Growth, penny by penny

John Lancaster profiles how companies and entrepreneurs are targeting the untapped market potential of India’s rural poor.

A 30-year-old mother of two, Kadem is part of a novel Hindustan Lever initiative that enlists about 20,000 poor and mostly illiterate women to peddle such products as Lifebuoy soap and Pepsodent toothpaste in villages once considered too small, too destitute and too far from normal distribution channels to warrant attention.