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“Nearly every problem has been solved by someone, somewhere. The frustration is that we can’t seem to replicate (those solutions) anywhere else” . Bill Clinton The International Centre for Social Franchising tackles the issue of scale; its mission is to help the most successful social impact projects replicate. What is social franchising? The essence and power ...

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The ICSF assists organisations looking to replicate their social impact. This is delivered through ICSF core staff, commercial sector associates, and pro-bono experts, carefully selected on a project-by-project basis. The ICSF uses this process to help organisations replicate. Expertise is provided in the following areas: Search and selection of the best replicable ideas Designing ...

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Franchising examples

Franchising examples

Social franchising has been used successfully by a number of organisations around the world. Recent research conducted by the ICSF for Big Society Capital found 180 examples i...

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Help replicating?

Help replicating?

Over the years, there has been little practical help for practitioners wanting to replicate through social franchising and replication. That is the reason ICSF was founded. Fo...

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The ICSF is seeking members and partners. Members: any social organisation that has replicated—or wishes to replicate—using social franchising. More on becoming a member h...

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NEWS AND BLOGS

Turning the Micro-Entrepreneur into a Business Owner

Turning the Micro-Entrepreneur into a Business Owner

If you have spent time in a developing country, the sight of an entrepreneur selling their wares from a large dish on their head, or maybe offering up a tray of trinkets as you briefly stop at a train station, will be familiar. There are millions of these micro-entrepreneurs across the world. I think of […]

Accelerating Education, Employment and Primary Care Projects in South Africa

Accelerating Education, Employment and Primary Care Projects in South Africa

After much anticipation among the ten organisations who took part in our Social Franchise Accelerator training, four organisations – Ikamva Youth, Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project, U-turn Homeless Ministries and Silulo Technologies – have been selected to receive further support in order to help them scale their social impact to reach millions across South […]

Time for Social Entrepreneurs to Share the Spotlight

Time for Social Entrepreneurs to Share the Spotlight

This blog by Dan Berelowitz, ICSF CEO, first appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review While we universally applaud social entrepreneurs, another model of social change could unlock even greater levels of participation. Visionary. Self-confident. Utterly committed to their cause. It’s easy to see why social entrepreneurs are beloved by politicians and journalists alike. I’m […]

Social Franchising Accelerator: Apply Now!

Social Franchising Accelerator: Apply Now!

The world’s first Social Franchising Accelerator, which aims to help meet the needs of thousands of poor and vulnerable people in South Africa through scaling up proven social solutions, is now accepting first-stage applications. Participants will receive: 1. Expert training in social franchising 2. In-depth, one-to-one social franchising consultancy 3. Direct funding of up to $32,000 4. […]

Launch of Development Impact and You Toolkit

Launch of Development Impact and You Toolkit

Development Impact and You is a free new online toolkit, designed by Nesta in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. It features 30 social innovation tools that are quick to use, simple to apply, and designed to help busy people around the world create more impact with their work. Its main features are: · Freely available […]

ICSF to Launch Social Franchising Accelerator in South Africa

ICSF to Launch Social Franchising Accelerator in South Africa

ICSF is pleased to announce that it has received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to run the world’s first Social Franchising Accelerator in South Africa together with The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Franchising Plus. The accelerator will help three proven social impact organisations replicate to scale through social franchising. The three implementing partners […]

ICSF Win Place on Growth Accelerator

ICSF Win Place on Growth Accelerator

GrowthAccelerator is a UK government backed programme that exclusively targets high growth organisations who want to enter their next growth phase and have the potential and determination to get there. ICSF applied to the programme for support to expand internationally to the USA and South Africa. In addition to individually tailored support as part of […]

Social Enterprise in 2020

Social Enterprise in 2020

What will Social Enterprise look like in 2020? Less innovation and more scaling up what works through methods such as social franchising say Mark Richardson and Richard Catherall for the British Council. Read the report here with Comments on social franchising and scale are on page 7.

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