Archived Webinar

Social Enterprise Innovations: Understanding the Business Solutions to Poverty

Globally, social enterprises are significant contributors to economic growth and prosperity - they provide a source of income and employment for themselves, create employment for others, produce innovative products and/or services, contribute to skills development and drive greater upstream/downstream value-chain activities.  Housed within T&C, the Social Enterprise innovations program supports using social enterprises to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty. The program identifies innovative business models in service delivery to the base of the pyramid with evidence of social impact. It then aims to realize the potential of these enterprises to be scaled, replicated or mainstreamed through public or private channels of service delivery, including Bank operations.

An increasing number of WBG projects are targeting social enterprise sector as an emerging new area of public policy: several countries seek to stimulate private sector contribution to development outcomes, and social enterprises could be important players in that agenda. However, those seeking a middle ground between for-profit and non-profit sectors to enable social enterprise have found data, policy research and legal frameworks to be lacking. The webinar will present the WBG work and findings in this areas and generate discussions about the lessons from various countries.

About the Presenters

Natalia Agapitova

Natalia oversees the delivery and implementation of the Social Enterprise Innovation program, working with internal clients across 10 GPs and with IFC, and external government and non-government clients. In I&E, Natalia will also work on the Innovation Policy Platform, which she founded in 2012, and the SME Pilots Phase II. She joined the World Bank Group in 2002 after spending three years working for a Russian investment company in the midst of the 1998 financial crisis, and working for four years as a lecturer and researcher in Economics at the University of Poitiers, France. 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 first-hand expertise in results-based management, learning design, crowdsourcing, and a wide range of tools supporting organizational innovation. Natalia has a Ph.D. in economics, specialized in the role of innovation and private sector for inclusive and sustainable development.

Elaine A. Tinsley

Elaine A. Tinsley is a Private Sector Specialist at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (T&C Global Practice) at the World Bank Group.

Marco Nicoli

Marco Nicoli is a Senior Project Manager of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, and a Senior Knowledge Management Officer of the Legal Vice Presidency at the World Bank Group

Questions Submitted

jose luis

- Jul 18, 2022

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Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Dec 11, 2019
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- Oct 20, 2019
Thank you for a quick and broad overview of the work and examples of the SEI program! Looking forward to learning more in the online learning course.

Waqar Aamir

- May 23, 2019


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- Apr 6, 2019
Social Enterprise Innovations: Understanding the Business Solutions to Poverty
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