Social entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa: a critical analysis of diaspora social investments
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There has been a growing interest in ???social entrepreneurship???, but very few analyses have attempted
to go beyond definitional disagreements in capturing the role of the diaspora within a theoretical and
evidence-based framework. It is in this context that this chapter systematises competing perspectives on
social entrepreneurship, that is, the neo-liberal conception, the institutional/social organisation framework
and the agenda of social transformation. On the basis, we proceed to analyse how far so-called ???social
impact investments??? in Sub-Saharan Africa by the diaspora has contributed to poverty alleviation and
a fundamental social transformation. Our study will not only clarify competing viewpoints, but also
place the diaspora at the centre of this process. While great strides have been made in the institutional
context by the African diaspora such as Mutombo and Akon in making the world a better place, there
are limitations to what they can do. Indeed, our alternative social transformation conception of social
entrepreneurship teases out these limitations, politically and socially.