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Leveraging Diasporas to Scale Up Social Entrepreneurship in Human Development: the Experience of Coptic Orphans

Washington, DC.
Brownbag Lunch Seminar, September 15, 2009

Logo of Coptic OrphansDescription: In the modern world, talent is the most precious of resources and it tends to move globally. Mobilization of diasporas for the benefits of country of origin has shown a tremendous potential, yet putting this promise into practice has proven to be elusive:  diaspora initiatives are very easy to start but difficult to sustain. The brown-bag was focused on high achievers from diaspora as social entrepreneurs at home.   The story of Coptic Orphans illustrated how a small philanthropy initiative can evolve into a structured and professional NGO that reaches the poorest strata of the population in Egypt, drawing strength from organized diaspora networks, in the field of education and youth development. Quality of care improved, procedures became standardized, communication and regular reporting mechanisms increased transparency and coordination. After a presentation by the founder and CEO of this NGO, a panel of experts focused on implications of the case for mechanisms and instruments of scaling up promising and successful experience of social entrepreneurs.

Co-sponsored by WBIGC (World Bank Institute Growth and Crisis) and MNSHD
(MNA Region Human Development Group).  This session was part of the BBL series:  'How can talent abroad help build institutions at home?' which is part of a  project on  diasporas of highly skilled as change agents in innovation and skill development in their home countries  (funded by the MacArthur Foundation) and organized in collaboration with operational VPUs.

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Leveraging Diasporas to Scale Up Social Entrepreneurship in Human Development: the Experience of Coptic Orphans, Nermien Riad (PDF, 1.3Mb)

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