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Wouter Kersten

To solve issues they need to be looked at with a different mindset than the ones that created them.

NGOs do not need to be the victims here but can take their fate in their own hands. With more challenges than for-profit social (and sustainable) entrepreneurs because of higher expectations regarding morals and possibly because limiting tax and other laws. But these limitations do not need to be blocking for finding new avenues.

Look beyond existing and certainly past ways of working to find new answers. You could have a look at my log for a continuous discussion on these matters.

Catalina Escobar

I like this idea of the line between philanthropy and business is blurring. I think in the middle of it is the social entrepreneurship trend, institutions that generate value and also money. Is good to see that IFC realize the potential of this trend.
When is done by companies like Intel, is easy to know where they can access financing. However, other social entrepreneurs like NGOs are caught in the middle and need innovative ways of financing. I consider mysefl a social entrepreneur, I have an NGO in Medellín, Colombia to foster international and interinstitutional partnerships on ICT and entreprenuerhip. One of the challenges for NGOs is the access to financing beyond donations and grants. Investors that look for a return on investment are not an option because that concept doesn't exist in not for profits. How can we have access to social investors that are looking for a social return and not necesarily an economic return?

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