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How can social entrepreneurs and big international NGOs collaborate to bring innovations to scale?
Social entrepreneurship is a growing source of innovative products and processes designed to support human welfare and economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. Unfortunately, nascent social entrepreneurial companies often struggle to find the right entry point and gain a foothold in these countries. One path to entry can be collaboration with big international NGOs (or BINGOs, as some say) that have established institutional relationships across many countries and implement programs that seek innovation and emphasize sustainability and scale. However, Kevin Starr and Sarah Miers of the Mulago Foundation lament in a recent article that “the systematic scale-up of social entrepreneurs’ solutions by BINGOs is simply not a thing.”

In this webinar, we will explore how the constraints to collaboration between social entrepreneurs and BINGOs can be overcome so that the innovations of social entrepreneurs can strengthen the work of BINGOs and BINGOs can help bring the innovations of social entrepreneurs to scale. After a welcome by FHI 360 CEO Patrick Fine, Sarah Miers of the Mulago Foundation will briefly present the ideas from the “Nowhere to Grow” article. Then the panel will discuss these ideas and offer insights and solutions. There will be time at the end for questions from the audience.

Patrick Fine, CEO, FHI 360

Sarah Miers, Senior Investment Principal, Mulago Foundation

Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
Kevin Starr, Managing Director, Mulago Foundation
Ricardo Michel, Managing Director, FHI Partners
Ann Mei Chang, Author, Lean Impact

Annette Brown, Principal Economist, FHI 360

Feb 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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