In 2013, Spark Center for Social Entrepreneurship Development conducted a study on Social Enterprises in Health and Agriculture Sector in Vietnam in coordination with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) – a UK independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. The research report titled “Untapped market: Social Enterprises in Health and Agriculture Sectors in Vietnam” highlighted various opportunities and constraints for social enterprises in the two study sectors. Analysis of 12 selected social enterprises as case studies explained motivations of the owners or founders of social enterprises, their successes as well challenges faced. Recommendations are made for different actors towards the prosperity and development of not only SEs in the two target sectors but the SE community as a whole.
The report “Social enterprises: constraints and opportunities – Evidence from Vietnam and Kenya” was prepared by ODI based on two country studies conducted by Spark and Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town in conjunction with the East African Social Enterprise Network based in Kenya College of Accounting University. The report provides a comparative analysis on the operational environment and characteristics and dynamics of social enterprises between Kenya and Vietnam. The research also draws some recommendations for the government, supporting organizations and SEs themselves towards obtaining better development opportunities for the sector.