Social entrepreneurship in the UAE: challenges and recommendations
by Deena Abdo; Cody Morris Paris
International Journal of Sustainable Society (IJSSOC), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2017

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore current challenges facing social entrepreneurs in the UAE, and provide recommendations that can contribute to the development of the growing and vibrant community of social entrepreneurs in the UAE. The UAE is a recognised regional and global leader in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. Recognising this, this study seeks to contribute thoughtful insights that can help the UAE embrace social entrepreneurship and further act as a catalyst to push social entrepreneurship forward within the wider region. Based on primary interviews with key informants, several key challenges were identified related to a lack of institutional support a lack of social and cultural awareness regarding social entrepreneurship within the UAE. Further challenges include a lack of clear benchmarks related to monitoring and measuring social impact. Overall, the challenges identified highlighting the need for more government and institutional support, as well as a stronger link between the corporate sector, academia, and the social enterprise sector.

Online publication date: Thu, 10-Aug-2017

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