Social enterprise and sustainability

A theoretically grounded approach to strategy development

Tony Kandaiya, Meena Chavan

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This practitioner paper explores the future direction of "Partners in Micro-Development Inc." (PIMD), a small, volunteer based non-profit organisation (NPO) working in education in underserved communities in Sri Lanka. Issues of sustainability and changing government policies within a post-conflict context are driving the need to re-evaluate the current business model and develop a new entrepreneurial and collaborative strategy. Informed by the literature on theories supporting the economics of NPOs, social entrepreneurship, and NPO sustainability, this paper integrates the literature into a conceptual framework for NPO sustainability and proposes a methodology for developing a strategy and business model to achieve financial sustainability for PIMD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-70
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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