The Business of Doing Good: Supporting Pro-poor Business Solutions to Poverty

Where there are unmet development challenges,   such as sanitation problems in the slums, last mile health provision, access to clean drinking water, rural electricity needs, etc -- social enterprises have developed business models to address these issues and service gaps, as well as devised innovative means to make their services/products accessible and affordable to the poor.  Social enterprises also often engage in inclusive employment to maximize the benefits to the local community, contributing to local skills development and driving greater upstream/ downstream value-chain activities.

As social enterprises prioritize social impact over profit, they are a natural ally for governments wanting to expand service delivery to the last mile, yet to do so in an economically sustainable way that minimizes fiscal outlays.

The webinar will look at some of the global social enterprise business models that could be replicated in new countries to improve the lives of those living in poverty. We will also explore public policy instruments to support the growth and potential of the social enterprises models to be scaled, replicated or mainstreamed through public or private channels of service delivery, including Bank operations.

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About the Presenters

Natalia Agapitova

Natalia Agapitova oversaw the delivery and implementation of the WB Social Enterprise Innovation program. In I&E, Natalia also works on the Innovation Policy Platform, which she founded in 2012, and the SME Pilots Phase II. Natalia has 16 years of operational experience from private sector development, education, and governance in 37 countries across five regions. At the World Bank, Natalia covered operational and analytical aspects of the innovation agenda. She worked across sectors spanning private sector development, education and skills, governance and service delivery. Natalia has a Ph.D. in economics, specialized in the role of innovation and private sector for inclusive and sustainable development.

Elaine Tinsley

Elaine Tinsley worked in the WB Social Enterprise Innovations program to identify and promote innovative social enterprise business models to improve last mile service delivery through creating better enabling conditions for social enterprises, and how to scale their impact through public-private collaboration. Prior to joining SEI, Elaine worked on multi-sectoral government reform programs in Latin America and Asia in the World Bank’s Macro and Fiscal Management Global Practice.

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Submitted 7:44 am, July 28, 2017



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Submitted 1:47 pm, July 11, 2017

Hi, Elaine. I saw this. Thank you :-)

Mohammad imran

Submitted 11:58 am, April 23, 2017

Great work

Jesús Manuel

Submitted 11:13 am, March 13, 2017

liked and shared,great info.


Submitted 7:31 pm, February 8, 2017

Pro-poor business orientation is largely lacking in Nigeria and other third world countries. It's greatly imperative to extends the scope of the tool to these regions so as to reduce poverty to the minimum.

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