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  • Cultivating Social Innovations: Lessons from the Bangladesh Case  [ITEC 2016]
  • DOI: 10.4236/jss.2016.45009   PP.56 - 63
  • Author(s)
  • Zulker Nine, Hongyi Chen
  • Despite the social and economic challenges, Bangladesh has shown significant improvement in the basic condition of people’s lives in the past twenty years. The dramatic change lies in the success of many innovations happened in different sectors of the Bangladesh society. In the healthcare sector, projects such as the community health service program greatly improved the health of rural people, especially the maternal and children, in creative ways. These social innovation projects, usually initiated and implemented by non-government organizations throughout the history, have become an inherent part of rural life and played a big role in the economic empowerment of Bangladesh. By examining the environment and process of these social innovations, we draw a valuable lesson to shed lights on how social innovations can be best cultivated to improve the welfare of the affected population.

  • Social Innovation, Non-Government Organization, Bangladesh
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