State of Social Enterprise in South East Asia

The British Council has worked with Social Enterprise UK, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and others to map the state of social enterprise over the past few years in Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Malaysia; the Philippines; Singapore; Thailand and Viet Nam.

This report is the culmination of nearly five years of research bringing evidence together to provide comparisons between social enterprises operating in the South East Asian region to highlight commonalities and differences, patterns and challenges. This study also considers the policy and support ecosystems for social enterprise in many countries, draws conclusions and makes recommendations based on the evidence.

It is estimated that there are up to 1,000,000 social enterprises in the region, working across all sectors of the economy, building inclusive communities and directly addressing some of the biggest challenges the area faces.