Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs

Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs

by Vikas Vij
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Report from @_igenius shows rise in social enterprise in #Pakistan via @Justmeans #socent

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 4:00pm



The emergence of social enterprises over the last two decades has driven social innovation and created sustainable and scalable solutions in several parts of the developing world. Social enterprise, a relatively new concept in Pakistan, is rapidly gaining a foothold in various areas of development. The country is pinning its hopes on new social startups to reduce the country’s dependence on aid, and develop innovative and affordable solutions to tackle the challenges of water, energy and construction.

This encouraging development is the subject of a new “Opportunity Pakistan Report” brought out by i-genius, an initiative supporting social entrepreneurs globally. Despite the prevailing social, economic and political challenges in Pakistan, new social enterprises are emerging in the country to build momentum for development, investment and innovation.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.