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Social Entrepreneurship

The Social Enterprise Emerges in China

Social enterprises in China are being shaped by several interconnecting forces: the country’s cultural and linguistic history, new state approaches to economic and social development, and the strategic framing of social enterprises by leaders and supporters.

 

“In foreign countries, the charity has developed for hundreds of years and then the social enterprise organically came up. In China, we have everything within a few decades. We now have grassroots nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, venture philanthropy funds, and so on—all of a sudden.” So explained Li Fan, co-founder of the Global Links Initiative, the first social entrepreneur membership organization in China.

Since China began to transition toward a market-based economy and...


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