UnLtd India has supported more than 180 social entrepreneurs to date — almost half of them women — but not only to start businesses: Equal Community Foundation, for instance, which works with men to end violence against women is grant-funded, as is Masoom, an education charity.
That’s partly because some things simply don’t function on a revenue-based model, Dhami said. It’s also because UnLtd India believes where the cash comes from is less relevant than what you do with it.
“We define a social entrepreneur as anyone that is taking an entrepreneurial solution to a social problem,” she said, emphasizing the ability to attract and use resources as a key criteria. “That can be in a for-profit or nonprofit model, but what distinguishes them is that they are prioritizing impact, and they are looking for systemic change, as opposed to case-by-case change.”
Anna Patton is a specialist on international development policies and trends in Europe, drawing on her previous experience of working with the European Commission, private consultancies and the Belgian development agency. Currently based in London, she has also lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels and Dar es Salaam.