The term ‘Social Enterprise’ is relatively new to Sri Lanka, although the practice of employing business approaches and leveraging market mechanisms to address social problems has a long and distinguished history in the country, in the form of co-operatives, thrift societies, and welfare and…
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Technology and Inequalities (Ch4 in Inequality in Asia and the Pacific in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development)
The relationship between technology and inequality is multifaceted. Technology has enhanced productivity, accelerated economic growth, enabled knowledge and information sharing and increased access to basic services. However, it has also been the cause of inequalities.
As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a revolution defined by frontier technological breakthroughs such as AI, robotics, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things amongst others, it will be critical that these technologies work for society and the environment as well as the economy if we…
The Asia-Pacific Tech Monitor is a quarterly periodical of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) that brings you up-to-date information on trends in technology transfer and development, technology policies, and new products and processes.
Social entrepreneurship has grown significantly across Southeast Asia in recent years. We have seen the emergence of social entrepreneurs, who have stepped up to develop financially self-sustaining solutions to address social and environmental challenges in their communities.
Activist to Entrepreneur: The role of social enterprise in supporting women’s empowerment in Pakistan
Pakistan has repeatedly ranked as the second worst country for gender inequality in the world. In Pakistan women and girls face lack of opportunities, discrimination and violence.
Despite operating inefficiencies and security concerns, digital currencies are becoming a popular method of payment around the world. Digital currencies are not only the domain of developed nations. They also offer opportunities for developing countries pursuing sustainable development.
Social enterprise is gaining ground in the Philippines. Anecdotal evidence from the emergence of social start-ups, incubators and accelerators and social finance prove this.
Frontier technologies could have significant positive impact for society and the environment. For example, data suggest that improved application of information and communication technologies to smart grids and transportation will reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 4.5 billion tons by 2020.