Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship

The Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship was a five-year (2011-2016) 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 worked with leading organizations active in social entrepreneurship globally and in select countries, such as the Aga Khan Development Network.

About the Program

Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship online at

The Alliance played 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 focused on creating an environment that can help socially oriented enterprises thrive, promoting the value and increasing the visibility of social entrepreneurship and incorporating this critical element into U.S. government programming.

Major Alliance activities took place in Lebanon, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. To learn more about the Alliance and view resources about social entrepreneurship, visit the Alliance website at


US Agency for International Development