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Niches for Social Enterprises: How hybrid-model social enterprises cluster in Kenya and Vietnam

Authors: Darko, E. & Avis, W. (ODI)
Publication date: 2014

In this blog post, the authors reflect when social enterprises can best offer solutions to intractable social problems, based on ODI reviews. 

The ODI review of social enterprise activity in the agriculture and health sectors of Kenya and Vietnam found that hybrid-model social enterprises cluster in niches that mainstream business and state provision does not reach. The authors therefore argue that understanding how social enterprises function at the sectoral level, and within which niches hybrid business models best function to complement state and mainstream business activities, is key to prioritising government and donor support.