Case Collection on Social Entrepreneurship in Africa

To develop more educational resources tailored to the social entrepreneurship reality in Africa, we have partnered with Emerald Publishing to launch an Emerging Markets Case Studies special collection on Social Entrepreneurship in Africa.

To date, the following teaching cases have been published:

Quali health: creating access to quality healthcare for South Africa’s excluded majority

By: Adrian David Saville, Philip Powell, Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Morris Mthombeni

Learning Outcomes: For discussion of social entrepreneurship in middle-income economies, emerging markets generally and Africa, specifically, Quali Health presents interesting questions about entrepreneurial funding, scaling and the interplay between social entrepreneurial activities and the informal sector.

Scaling Girls’ Technical Education (GTE): bringing coding skills to women in Tanzania

By: Kelly Alexander

Learning Outcomes: Students can assess effective business strategies, determine the role of business in shaping informal institutions, understand managing issues in social enterprises, from talent management to expansion to mission drift, and develop deeper understanding of the African context

Characteristics of women’s leadership in African social enterprises: The Heartfelt Project, Bright Kids Uganda and Chikumbuso

By: Bok Gyo Jeong, Sara Compion

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the case study discussion and assignments, students will be able to: identify diverse obstacles that African women face in starting social enterprises; understand the ways that African women leaders build a social dimension to their enterprise; and identify characteristics of women’s leadership for establishing sustainable social enterprises.

Creating and sustaining social value through collaborative effort: the slum ambassadors of Bwaise

By: Diana Nandagire Ntamu, Waswa Balunywa, John Munene, Peter Rosa, Laura Orobia, and Ernest Abaho

Learning Outcomes: Students are expected to describe the concept of social entrepreneurship, explain the sources and challenges of funding social entrepreneurial activities, and discuss the different strategies that social entrepreneurs may use to raise funds.

VillageReach: innovating for improved health care at the “last mile”

By: Cynthia Schweer Rayner, Camilla Thorogood, Francois Bonnici

Learning Outcomes: To understand the definition of public value and the strategic drivers behind public value creation; understand the nature of social innovation in the public sector; identify the critical opportunities and challenges involved in sustaining innovation in the public sector; and identify the role that non-profit organizations can play in supporting and sustaining social innovation.

HealthKeepers Network: financial sustainability in emerging market sociopreneurship

By: Mathew Tsamenyi, Nana Yaa A. Gyamfi

Learning Outcomes: Students should be able to appreciate the exigencies of managing social enterprises in a largely profit-oriented economic domain; understand the interplay of choice and trade-offs in business management and be equipped to make optimal choices; and appraise new, creative and profit-making approaches for sustaining social enterprise.

Creating change through social entrepreneurship: the case of girls’ school dropout in Uganda

By:  Isa Nsereko, Alex Bignotti, Mohamed Farhoud

Learning Outcomes: In this case, students are required to identify and apply the social entrepreneurial behaviours as defined by Dees (2001) and the elements of Santos’ (2012) theory of social entrepreneurship to Dr Moses Musaazi’s case as a social entrepreneur. Also, students are challenged to understand and identify what motivates social entrepreneurs in less developed economies to create social value (Ghalwash et al., 2017).

Social entrepreneurship & SDGs: Case studies from Northeast Nigeria

By: Fardeen Dodo, Lukman Raimi, Edward Bala Rajah

Learning Outcomes: From this case study, students will be able to understand how entrepreneurs can identify and exploit social impact opportunities in the venture’s business model, within the network of primary stakeholders as well as in the wider institutional environment with the support of Impact+, a simple impact measurement praxis.

Toilets for All: Corporate Social Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh and Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

By: Juanita Trusty, Frances Fabian, Michelle Amy Montague-Mfuni

Learning Outcomes: In this case study, students are required to understand the difference in corporate strategy between CSR and ventures that create shared value; understand the sometimes-competing goals of social enterprises; and analyze how they can balance both economic and social objectives.

Standard microfinance bank, Nigeria: developing underserved markets

By: Sandip Rakshit, Mokhalles Mohammad Mehdi

Learning Outcomes: To understand the challenges of building a successful business in an emerging market; to understand the role of micro-finance banks in doing business; to comprehend strategies adopted in market segmentation and sales of products or services to the customer; and to apprehend strategies adopted to sustain and compete in both rural and urban Nigeria.

Yola Ecosentials, Nigeria: waste to wealth community social enterprise

By: Mokhalles Mohammad Mehdi, Sandip Rakshit, Jelena Zivkovic

Learning Outcomes: The case asks students to identify the challenges of operating a start-up business, understand the social enterprise and role of gender (women entrepreneurship), and assess the responsibility of unskilled women entrepreneurs and the challenges faced by them. It also requires students to describe business and marketing strategies adopted in market segmentation and product promotion and discuss strategies adopted to sustain a small business.

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