Issue Nine

Spring 2015

Network of Collective Action: Rehabilitating Slums on an Individual and Community Basis

The Slum Environment: A Glimpse at Annawadi The physical slum communities where individuals live traditionally contain networks of actors, institutions, infrastructure, partnerships, and culture. Annawadi, a unique present-day slum community in Mumbai, India, has been shaped by the combined ...

Impact Investing in Nicaragua's Coffee Industry

Introduction Impact investing is an increasingly popular approach that aims to solve the income inequalities of the world by combining a social intent with financial return. Although it has yet to become mainstream, experts argue that impact investing can lift communities out of poverty while ...

A Study of Slums and Urban Poverty Traps

Background Improving the lives of slum dwellers is one of the most pressing developmental challenges of the 21st century. UN Habitat (2013) estimates that about 863 million people, about 33% of the world’s current urban population, live in slums in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Slums are ...

The Quest for Social Change in Digital Story Telling: A Critical Evaluation of Hollaback!

Introduction Since the creation of the Internet, digital story telling and new media have been integral parts of the feminist movement. From the creation of feministing.org to Crunk Feminist Collective to large scale twitter protests, third wave feminism is based as much on imagined online ...

Recognizing Value: Rural Marketing for South Asian Social Enterprises

Background Social enterprise is an exciting place to be in nearly any part of the world, but the sector is growing rapidly in South Asia, and in India in particular. In 2012, more than 89 percent of Indian social enterprises were less than 10 years old and 88 percent of them were in pilot, ...

The Middle East's Rising Social Enterprise Sphere

Introduction Social enterprise has become an increasingly popular yet virtually indefinable field in today’s modern world. The most distinguishing aspect of a social enterprise, practicing business principles to promote the social and environmental well being of a targeted community1, has ...

Small Steps to Sweetening the System

Introduction As you step into the doorway of your favorite coffee shop, you stomp the snow from your boots and follow your nose towards the counter to order your favorite warm beverage. What could be more perfect on a snowy day? After picking up your latte adorned with a frothy heart and a ...

Roadblocks to Entrepreneurship in Serbia

Introduction The road from communism and socialism to capitalism has been tough for the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Capitalism and entrepreneurship remain relatively new concepts both in theory and in practice for these countries. Almost two decades after a series of bloody, ethnic ...