Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship

The Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship is a three-year collaborative program aimed at creating and supporting a robust social entrepreneurship movement in selected developing countries. Formed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Synergos Institute in collaboration with Ashoka and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the Alliance works with leading organizations active in social entrepreneurship globally and in select countries, such as the Aga Khan Development Network.

About the Program

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The Alliance seeks to play a critical role in raising awareness about social entrepreneurship and promoting an environment that encourages the growth of social enterprises and helps them to have a greater impact. To this end, the Alliance is focusing on creating an environment that helps socially oriented enterprises thrive, promoting the value and increasing the visibility of social entrepreneurship and incorporating this critical element into U.S. government programming.

The Alliance connects the interests and resources of leading international organizations with the development expertise of USAID to promote private and public sector collaboration. In the first year, Alliance activities have focused on identifying and engaging with key in-country stakeholders to map the opportunities and challenges facing social entrepreneurs. The mapping studies are used to develop a detailed implementation plan for each country to tackle some of the most pressing issues.

Moving forward, the Alliance will continue building collaborations and pilot projects that address barriers to promoting and scaling up social entrepreneurship as well as ensuring alignment among members of the Steering Committee. A critical aspect of this Alliance is to build exchanges between country experiences and interventions for increased learning and application of a social entrepreneurship ecosystem among organizations participating in the Alliance.

The Alliance is currently working in Lebanon, Egypt, and Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. To learn more about the Alliance, learn about our impact and view resources about social entrepreneurship, visit the Alliance website at


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