Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

February 9-10, 2013, Boston, USA

The Social Enterprise Conference is one of the world’s leading forums to explore the intersection of business and social impact. The Conference is entirely student-run, jointly hosted by students from the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. To encourage better solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems, this conference aspires to: showcase cutting edge ideas, trends, and people in social enterprise, connect aspiring and experienced social entrepreneurs with networks and partnerships to accelerate social change, and to challenge, strengthen, and advance the social enterprise field.

Deborah Drake will be participating on a panel discussing Corruption, Transparency and Barriers to Growth for Social Enterprises on Sunday, February 10 at 3:15pm. Corruption in developing countries is a known problem, yet its impact on social enterprise and development is considerably under-acknowledged. This panel addresses the challenges that political and systemic corruption pose to social entrepreneurs, and seeks to build dialogue around best practices that nonprofit and social organizations could use on the ground. Panelists will also consider the potential new initiatives – such as innovative online platforms – provide in order to understand and navigate the obstacles of corruption.