Social entrepreneurship in Africa: China takes the lead, Americans missing out?

Bernard Taylor, Sr., partner at Alston & Bird LLP; Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project; and Nell Diallo, VP of Corporate and International Relations for MedShare
Bernard Taylor Sr., partner at Alston & Bird LLP; Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project; and Nell Diallo, VP of Corporate and International Relations for MedShare

Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not-for-profits or companies. –Schwab Foundation

“China has led the way. What has happened behind China? You have Russia, India, and interestingly there’s Turkey,” says Nell Diallo, VP of corporate and international relations for MedShare. “Turkey is building schools of higher education institutions in countries around Africa.”


Diallo was speaking to a group of eager B-school students and potential investors at the “Beyond a Pair of Toms: Social Entrepreneurship in Africa” symposium presented by The Young Leaders of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.

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