Perspectives on the Policy Environment Affecting Social Enterprises in the Philippines

Like other developing countries in Asia, the Philippines manifests the phenomenon of worsening poverty and inequality amidst economic growth. Data from the National Statistics Office and the National Statistical Coordination Board show that from a baseline of 45.3% (28.1 million people) in 1991, poverty incidence in the country, measured in terms of income poverty, stopped declining at 30% in 2003 and from that point on proceeded to rise steadily up to 32.9% (27.6 million people) in 2006.

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Social Entrepreneurship: An Asian Perspective

In Asia, many organizations traditionally known as non-profits are now engaged in wealth creation. Their initiatives have established enterprises linked to the pursuit of development goals. Rather than just capturing existing wealth through grants to finance development programs, these organizations are ensuring the sustainability of their organizations, programs and interventions among the marginalized sectors of society.

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Exploring the Potentials of Development Indexing for Social Enterprises

As an evolving field in management education, social entrepreneurship may be characterized as the art of managing enterprises with multiple objectives or bottom lines. The art of managing business enterprises is about innovation to maximize profits for its shareholders. In contrast, the art of managing multiple bottom lines is about innovation to achieve development outcomes while ensuring financial sustainability for the enterprise.

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