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Who is included in 'inclusive growth'?

24 Aug 2016

Two students in Guatemala using a lamp designed by d.light while studying. d.light is a social venture that has developed a range of low-cost, sturdy lamps. Photo credit: D.Light Design Facebook page

The term 'inclusive growth' has come under the spotlight, with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals’ vision of eradicating poverty. But what is meant by the term 'inclusive growth' and who does it aim to include? Inclusive growth must include the poor at every stage, from defining the problem to developing the solution, and efforts must be centred on the needs of the poor, appropriate for their circumstances, practical and implementable. 

Social entrepreneurship offers a new and innovative approach to inclusive growth, tackling poverty and its attendant social and health problems, say Associate Professor Lim Yee Wei from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Associate Professor Audrey Chia from the NUS Business School. Social entrepreneurship primarily aims to address a social need, with social entrepreneurs stepping in to design and develop viable solutions together with the poor. 

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