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Scoping Social Entrepreneurship in India: Organisation, Technology, and Collaboration

Indian Journal of Sustainable Development

Volume 1 Issue 1

Published: 2015
Author(s) Name: Sunita Kumari, Bino Paul G.D. | Author(s) Affiliation: School of Management & Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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We explore emerging contexts of social entrepreneurship in India. Social entrepreneurship is emerging as an important option in poverty reduction and social change wherein organizing societal responses to scenarios like entrenched deprivation, cumulative disadvantages, long extant institutional lock-in, and vulnerabilities enmeshed in social stratification, hiatus emanating from segmentation of labour market and inadequate coverage of social protection form the core of strategies/collectives/organisation. In this paper, first, drawing cues from the literature, we outline basic typology of social entrepreneurship while delineating pivotal role technology and collaboration play in social entrepreneurship. Second, we provide a glimpse of not profit organisations in India, based on the secondary data. We juxtapose select patterns from the data on non profit organisations with human development. Third, we discuss select cases of social entrepreneurship that diverge in characteristics and contexts, in particular how these initiatives work towards poverty reduction and social development.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Not for Profit Organisations in India

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