Get set, go! Social enterprise ready to grow in Asia-Pacific region.
It’s time for social enterprise to move from the margins to the mainstream across a region which is home to two-thirds of the world’s population. A partnership between the British Council and the UN aims to make this happen.
Social enterprise has a rich and varied history across the Asia-Pacific region. In the 1950s, India’s first social entrepreneur, Vinoba Bhave, founded the Land Gift Movement to redistribute millions of acres of land in southern India from the rich to the poor. Cabbages and Condoms, a restaurant which uses its profits to fund sexual health programmes, opened in Thailand in 1974. Muhammad Yunus’s now famous Grameen Bank was founded in 1983 to give microloans to Bangladeshi people.