Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change


Case Study


An inside look at one organization


Diversifying NGO Leadership

There was a time when the all the senior staff of international NGOs working in developing countries came from North America and Europe. That is changing.


The Encore Fellowships Network

In just two years, the Encore Fellowships Network used a network-scaling model to grow from a single pilot program to 200 organizations operating nationwide.


Sexually Transmitted Altruism

DKT International, founded by one of the largest erotica distributors in the United States, provides contraceptives to approximately 50 million people a year in the developing world.


Networking a City

The Barr Fellows Network is changing the way work gets done in Boston’s large and entrenched social sector.


Microfinance for Wealthy Countries

The UK microcredit business Fair Finance is paving the road for the growth of microfinance in the developed world.


Change Comes at a Cost

In 2008, a group of Chicago’s social service agencies formed the Back Office Cooperative, which has produced impressive financial savings. Yet greater efficiency has had a cultural cost.

By Donald Haider & Franz Wohlgezogen | 1 | Winter 2012

Too Good to Fail

In August 2010 the US government closed ShoreBank, one of the country’s leading social enterprises. Why did ShoreBank fail?

By James E. Post & Fiona S. Wilson | 9 | Fall 2011

The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee

Fair Trade-certified coffee is growing in sales, but strict certification requirements are resulting in uneven economic advantages for coffee growers and lower quality coffee for consumers.

By Colleen Haight | 22 | Summer 2011

Better Vision for the Poor

Several social enterprises are attempting to provide eyeglasses to the 500 million to 1 billion poor people who need them. Why haven’t any of the organizations succeeded on a large scale?

By Aneel Karnani, Bernard Garrette, Jordan Kassalow, & Moses Lee | 10 | Spring 2011

Market-Minded Development

Acumen Fund uses impact investing to tackle global poverty. It's approach has garnered attention, but does it change aid?

By Hima Batavia, Justin Chakma, Hassan Masum, & Peter Singer | 5 | Winter 2011