Sustainable development in developing countries: the role of social entrepreneurs

Azmat, Fara 2013, Sustainable development in developing countries: the role of social entrepreneurs, International journal of public administration, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 293-304, doi: 10.1080/01900692.2012.756891.

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Title Sustainable development in developing countries: the role of social entrepreneurs
Author(s) Azmat, FaraORCID iD for Azmat, Fara
Journal name International journal of public administration
Volume number 36
Issue number 5
Start page 293
End page 304
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2013-04
ISSN 0190-0692
Keyword(s) bottom of the pyramid (BoP)
environmental sustainability
poverty reduction
social entrepreneurship
sustainable development
Summary This article adds to the ongoing debate on the relationship between poverty reduction, profits, and environmental sustainability. Drawing from the literature, it presents a conceptual model with propositions to explain how social entrepreneurs can lead to sustainable development in developing countries. These propositions are further strengthened by using a descriptive case of Waste Concern—an initiative of social entrepreneurs—in Bangladesh. Findings illustrate that, despite contextual constraints in developing countries, it is possible to have sustainable development with no trade-off between poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. This win-win outcome is possible through the innovative approaches and creative thinking of social entrepreneurs who, rather than being hindered by contextual constraints, act as catalysts for sustainable development. The findings have implications for academics and policy-makers, highlighting the significance of supporting social entrepreneurs to come up with innovative methods for sustainable development.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01900692.2012.756891
Field of Research 150304 Entrepreneurship
Socio Economic Objective 940302 International Aid and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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