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China has woken up to the concept of social enterprise in the last 5 years. The landscape is rapidly changing and developing with entrepreneurs, foundations and corporates interested in how they can do good while still doing well. This emerging landscape with its goodwill, funding and population represents an enormous opportunity to scale up social [...]
The Guardian recently published a blog by ICSF Analyst Matt Towner on the five stages of social replication. This blog explains the five stages that you should follow if you want to replicate a social purpose organisation or project. Read the full blog article here.
Today ICSF has released a new research paper, ‘Realising the Potential of Social Replication’, commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund. For the first time, ICSF attempts to determine the scale of replication efforts across the UK. A survey of over 150 organisations and 15 case studies revealed 8 key insights including the 5 stages each organisation seeking to [...]
Chris Underhill is Chair of the ICSF and Chief Executive of BasicNeeds, a mental health charity transforming the lives of those in developing countries. Here he is interviewed by the ICSF. Social franchising, for some is quite a new concept? When did you first get interested in it? I have been interested for quite some [...]
On behalf of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the ICSF has undertaken the first ever global in-depth study to identify healthcare innovations in developing countries that have the potential to be replicated to increase access to affordable medicine. The report assesses over 900 healthcare programmes for their suitability for investment to scale up and replicate elsewhere. It identifies [...]
One of the questions we get asked all the time is ‘is my organisation ready to replicate’? So many factors need to be taken into account from finances to staff, finding the right answer can be daunting. To help, the ICSF has created this simple 10 question replication readiness test. This basic test will allow you to quickly [...]
Kajol Menon Executive Director at CHILDLINE India until the end of 2012, tells us about growing the helpline, through social franchising. CHILDLINE India operates a toll-free 24-hour helpline for children in India. They provide medical assistance, shelter and counselling for children facing emergency situations, they then help the children escape abusive environments. They also conduct [...]
Building on many of our own thoughts and findings, this new blog posted on the Social Impact Exchange highlights motivations and barriers to scaling up. In the report the authors elaborate on the high levels of motivation for scaling up but a significant barrier in the lack of funding. Interesting reading for those thinking about scaling up.