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Successful Replication needs a Supportive Board

Successful Replication needs a Supportive Board

by Greg Coussa Replication isn’t easy. It’s a process that takes time, resources, and frequently, a good whisky. Having a supportive Board of Directors when taking on the challenging task of replication can save on the first two and the liver. Successful replication requires the Board of Directors to support replication as much as the […]

Social Franchising Accelerator – insights from Rockefeller Foundation

Social Franchising Accelerator – insights from Rockefeller Foundation

Today Rockefeller Foundation publish an insights report on innovative accelerator programmes globally. ICSF, Bertha Centre and Franchising Plus run one of the innovative accelerators evaluated and case studied in the report. Learn more about the innovative accelerator programme and read the full report  

ICSF research launch: Scaling Up Primary Care

ICSF research launch: Scaling Up Primary Care

Today, ICSF and the Toronto Health Organization Performance Evaluation (T-HOPE) team at the University of Toronto publish a groundbreaking report on ways to scale up primary care in low and middle-income countries. The research explores a range of innovative programs and uncovers successful strategies to scale up affordable, quality primary care models in the developing world. […]

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 […]