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Identifying Social Entrepreneurs Serving the Poor at the BoP


  • Abraham George



The concept of social entrepreneurship as a characterization of social responsibility for business organizations has gained considerable popularity. There is growing belief in international development and donor communities that this form of for-profit activity might be the long-sought panacea for solving poverty at the so-called Base of the Pyramid (BoP) -- the poorest segment of the society. Yet, there is no consensus within these communities as to what constitutes social entrepreneurship, and how the BoP is defined. Confusion arises from the absence of generally accepted definitions for both terms, leaving much scope for some conventional for-profit activities to assert a higher social service status. This paper attempts to clarify what constitutes social entrepreneurship serving the BOP segment of the population, and how the BoP may be defined to better represent the poor.

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  • Abraham George, 2009. "Identifying Social Entrepreneurs Serving the Poor at the BoP," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp972, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  • Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2009-972

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    social entrepreneurship; bottom of the pyramid; poverty alleviation;

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    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General

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