Social Sector


Social Sector


Health & Hunger

May 2016
Emerging economies can avoid the traps that have ensnared developed countries and instead build health systems that are well suited to the reality on the ground.
February 2016
A revolution in philanthropy is brewing, driven by Silicon Valley’s young tech billionaires. Their approach—which emphasizes data, transparency, speed, and impact—could mark a new chapter in philanthropic giving.
May 2013
Faced with potential funding cutbacks and the need to do more with less, companies are seeking ways to get a greater return on their social investments.
Filling the Skills Gap
March 2016
One of the most effective means of fighting poverty and boosting economic development is job creation. But many applicants lack the right training and experience.
March 2015
All too often in many countries, students do not get the education they must have to prosper in the twenty-first century. Education technology can help close this skills gap.


March 2016
Education technology holds promise to help foster increasingly important social and emotional skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem solving.
November 2015
School districts must close the gap between the engaging, relevant, and hands-on training that teachers and administrators want and the reality of disengagement with collaborative training on the ground.
February 2014
Business leaders should help transform the U.S. education system, from preschool through grade 12. BCG, Harvard Business School, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation identify effective strategies.

Business & the Social Sector

June 2015
An investment of $5.6 million in activities aimed at cutting costs and response times during emergencies is expected to deliver $12 million in savings.
October 2014
Social capital is critical to the success of entrepreneurs, but its particular importance for women—as well as how to develop it—isn’t well understood.
June 2014
Joblinge’s intensive, cost-effective program addresses unemployment in Germany and prepares disadvantaged young people for the job market by providing skills, experience, and employment opportunities.

Sustainable Economic Development 

May 2015
BCG’s Sustainable Economic Development Assessment evaluates how effectively countries convert wealth into well-being relative to other countries—and raises important questions in the field of development.
May 2015
Find out how your country measures up in terms of its citizens’ well-being according to BCG’s Sustainable Economic Development Assessment.
December 2014
In emerging economies, sanitation services are indispensable to a city’s development and competitive advantage. Given the high cost of traditional sewage systems, a mix of solutions is needed.
Social Business
November 2013
Applying business principles to social problems can significantly increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and financial sustainability of the solutions. Social businesses, which bridge the business and social sectors, offer lessons in delivering social impact alongside commercial benefits.
November 2013
With their focus on social impact and self-sustainability, social businesses can theoretically provide solutions to almost any social problem. BCG examines ten to understand their efficiency, effectiveness, and financial stability.
November 2013
The managing director of Danone India shares what he learned while leading Grameen Danone Foods, a social business in Bangladesh that sells fortified yogurt to combat child malnutrition.