Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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5 years 9 months ago

Equfund, a leading Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) in the UK, has come up with an innovative social investment program to provide low-cost homes for those who have financial constraints to join the housing market. The program encourages social entrepreneurship by getting the people to renovate or build a property in exchange for financial support. The program has already raised £500,000 of private investment within the first week of its launch.

The program called “Loanstock” has been launched in association with Liverpool Habitat for...


5 years 9 months ago

Two young Pakistani women from two very diverse regions of the country are showing the way how social enterprises can make a direct impact on the lives of underprivileged women in Pakistan. Khalida Brohi, 23, who hails from a tribal area of Balochistan, and Saba Gul, 28, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a part of Lahore’s upper economic class, are leading from the front in their efforts at social entrepreneurship.

Both women recently participated in San Francisco’s SOCAP 2011 social entrepreneur conference, and...


5 years 9 months ago

Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah is busy, among other things, in inculcating social entrepreneurship values in many of its students. The University’s Ballard Center for Self-Reliance, a division of the Marriott School of Management, leads from the front in creating social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The Ballard Center is a hub for students, practitioners and faculty who join their heads together to come up with path-breaking solutions to solve some of the most challenging issues facing the world. The center already has a history of...


5 years 9 months ago

Samaritan’s Feet, a charity with an exemplary social entrepreneurship model, has witnessed significant growth over the last few years, when many other NGOs have struggled to stay afloat. Samaritan’s Feet distributes shoes to poor kids around the world. The organization’s mission is to provide shoes as a vehicle to counter rampant foot-borne related diseases that affect more than 300 million children around the world.

The founder of Samaritan’s Feet, Manny Ohonme explains the importance of his mission and the kind of impact it can make by saying, “...


5 years 9 months ago

India’s premier engineering institution, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai has come up with a novel social innovation contest to be held during its annual technical festival called “Shaastra” from September 28 to October 2. The aim of the competition is to promote rural empowerment and encourage social entrepreneurs and innovators to focus on environment-friendly solutions.

The program leaders expect this unique event to provide a platform to social enterprises, socially responsible companies and individuals involved in making a...


5 years 9 months ago

Springboard Innovation, a nonprofit organization helping people launch sustainable businesses, has come up with a unique business incubation plan for social entrepreneurs. Springboard plans to turn a large building in need of redevelopment in Portland into Hatch, which will incubate socially responsible companies that fall somewhere in-between the nonprofit and for-profit realms.

The Hatch venture is aimed at serving mission-driven social enterprises, which will include both nonprofits and for-profit companies. Hatch will provide space and...


5 years 10 months ago

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland, has selected three social enterprises as the “US Social Entrepreneurs of the Year” for their innovative work in the social sector. The Schwab Foundation has recognized these social enterprises for the significant social impact they are making at a global level.

The Chairperson and Co-founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Hilde Schwab, says, “From mobilizing low-income neighborhoods around safe play environments and empowering homeowners in the horrible aftermath...


5 years 10 months ago

Israel’s Environment Protection Ministry in association with the Green Environment Fund and Ashoka Israel has launched the first-ever competition for social entrepreneurs. Total prize money of NIS 100,000 will be distributed at the end of the competition.

The competition called “Do More with Less” is aimed at attracting social enterprises, social innovation organizations, nonprofits, businesses, individuals and government agencies that can come up with innovative ideas for effective utilization of environmental resources.

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5 years 10 months ago

Dr. Raye Mitchell, a Harvard Law School attorney turned social entrepreneur, is hosting G.U.R.L.S. Rock 2011 Leadership Summit for Girls in the age group of 12 to 18. The summit, to be held on Sept. 10, 2011 in San Francisco Bay Area, will celebrate the “global importance of girls of color.” Program topics will include Nutrition and Healthy Living, Financial Literacy, along with an Education and Career Forum. The summit will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a special workshop on service and volunteerism.

More than 70 percent of...


5 years 10 months ago

Root Capital, a not-for-profit social investment fund in Latin America, has received a loan approval of $4.9 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group. The group has provided the loan through its Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), and will also provide technical assistance to Root Capital.

Root Capital provides social funding for small and medium social enterprises, producers’ associations, cooperatives and other social entrepreneurs that operate under various sustainable agricultural programs in the rural areas of...


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