“The social enterprise is an organization with a clear social mission and a strategy that combines resourcefulness and innovation, which allow it to be financially sustainable”, thus states the study. In the Middle East, the so-called ‘youth-bulge’ has exerted pressure on countries’ resources.
The real challenge lies behind the fact that the number of educated youth has increased, and is therefore, pressing for policies conducive of their ambition. This paper looks at youth challenges as part and parcel of social entrepreneurship in the Middle East.
The study focuses on 78 globally recognized social entrepreneurs in the region as an attempt to identify currents patterns and project future policy recommendations. It appears that most of the sample (73) exists in only 5 countries, namely, Egypt, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco. The study is organized as follows:
key principles of social entrepreneurship
the case for social entrepreneurship in the Middle East
the landscape of social entrepreneurship in the Middle East
key activities and sectors of engagement
key institutional actors and opportunities for collaboration
The study finds that social entrepreneurship can be an essential gateway for development with the important recommendation, including:
a clear definition of social entrepreneurship in the Middle East
establishing and standardizing benchmarks for measuring social and environmental returns and impact
provide funds for start-up youth-led social entrepreneurship projects