The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East: A Pathway for Inclusive Growth or an Alluring Mirage?

  • Soushiant Zanganehpour


Many communities and nations across the Arab World face compounding social and environmental challenges. The rising levels of unemployment, illiteracy, poverty, corruption, and inequality coupled with increasing resource dependency, high rates of pollution, water shortages, and ensuing conflicts have sown many seeds of disenchantment across the region. More importantly, those trying to usher in positive change on any single one of these challenges appear to be faced with superhuman barriers; the underlying complexities and structural considerations make direct action with scalable results a near impossibility.


Middle East Social Enterprise Social Entrepreneurship Social Entrepreneur Arab World 
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