Social entrepreneurship is a step towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, say National University of Singapore (NUS) Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health faculty Dr. Audrey Chia and Dr. Lim Yee Wei.

“Development assistance cannot go on indefinitely, as one of its aims is to nurture self-reliance and self-sustaining solutions,” the authors write.

Social entrepreneurship could help meet this need, working in partnership with multilateral agencies to solve the world’s biggest problems.

While not everyone may be suited to be a social entrepreneur, social entrepreneurial ways of thinking – applying business principles to solve social problems, and developing efficient, affordable, and above all, sustainable, solutions – are worth understanding, and adopting.

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