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ISSN Number: 2009-2822. Frequency: 4 Issues per year (online only)  

Alliance for Social Enterprise: A Framework to Develop Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

IRE Vol 11: Issue 4, 2013, Pages 79-98

Author(s): Dawn Harris (Loyola University Chicago, USA), Thomas Derdak (Global Alliance for Africa, Chicago, USA), Nicholas Lash, Ugur Uygur, Michael Welch and Linda Tuncay Zayer (Loyola University Chicago, USA)

This research proposes a novel framework, an alliance for social enterprise, as a model for developing social entrepreneurial initiatives in emerging economies. The alliance for social enterprise levrages the alliance partnerís strengths to accomplish a social mission. The non-governmental organization (NGO) has an understanding of the local conditions and offers financial and social capital; the university utilizes its research efforts to assess the processes and enhance the positive outcomes of the strategic venture; the corporation utilizes its financial capital and provides market access to the local business; and the local business provides human capital as well as products. This strategic alliance encourages long-term sustainability with economic returns and advocates social development goals. In this research, a Coffee Cooperative in Tanzania serves as an illustrative example that demonstrates the formation and operation of the alliance for social enterprise.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Strategic Alliance, Emerging Economies, Africa, Small Business

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