Social Sector

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Education & Economic Development

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.
December 2014
Investments to create more jobs in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math in Washington could boost the long-term competitiveness of the region.
November 2014
Frontline’s innovative training program is improving the quality of social workers who work with disadvantaged children. The program’s success has generated interest both locally and internationally.
February 2014
As governments increasingly focus on the overall well-being, or standard of living, of their citizens, they are looking for ways to integrate well-being into policymaking.

Health & Hunger

January 2015
The results of pilot initiatives in Africa bode well for emerging economies that are looking to create cost-effective, sustainable health systems.
May 2014
Consumer products companies have been able to reach African consumers and win their hearts, minds, and loyalty. How can global health organizations adapt their strategies?
May 2014
The future of good-quality and sustainable health systems in Africa will depend on leapfrogging developed economies and providing better outcomes without accumulating inefficiencies along the way.
May 2014
As global health organizations fight the world’s toughest problems, they must build a shared focus on mission, cooperation, and trust across the public, private, and social sectors.

Business & the Social Sector

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.
March 2014
Threatened by environmental challenges, the Baltic Sea region is well positioned for global leadership as an innovator in technology solutions that aid the environment.
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.

Innovation

October 2013
Most cultural institutions have been slow to capitalize on the new opportunities that digital technology offers. Potential benefits include greater accessibility and increased revenues.
July 2013
Private-sector companies can learn a lot from the social sector about business model transformation. Here are ten key lessons drawn from nonprofit innovators.
February 2013
A BCG–MIT Sloan Management Review survey found that 23 percent of companies are not only profiting from their sustainability efforts but also changing their business models to generate that profit.
November 2012
Nonprofits are faced with increased demand for services—and decreased philanthropic resources. What can they learn from for-profits about doing more with less?