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The nuts and bolts of Singapore's social enterprises

This is the tenth of 12 primers on current affairs issues that are part of the outreach programme for The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz

Social enterprises have been gaining traction in the past five years. The sector has enjoyed heightened visibility and interest, particularly fuelled by social media and its ability to narrate visual brand stories well, and to create buzz around new products and services.

The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy's (ACSEP) paper, Landscape Of Social Enterprises In Singapore, outlined the history of social enterprises from 1925, when the Singapore Government Servants' Cooperative Thrift and Loan Society was formed to give mutual aid to workers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2019, with the headline 'The nuts and bolts of Singapore's social enterprises'. Print Edition | Subscribe