Social Innovation Survey 2019 in Taiwan

The public and private sectors in Taiwan have always actively participated in trend surveys measuring public awareness of social enterprises. Earlier surveys were conducted in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Presenting the 2019 survey highlights which also measures response to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Taiwan’s adoption of the Social Innovation Action Plan in 2018.The Survey captured responses from both the general public and social innovation enterprises in order to understand the extent of awareness and the current operational status of related organisations.

A summary of the findings is available here and you may also read the full report in Mandarin here.


Social Financing Innovation

DBS Foundation commissioned Eden Strategy Institute on this research to gain the first insight into Asia’s current social financing landscape. Based on the unique characteristics of the social financing sector and the existing business realities faced by both capital providers and social enterprises, this report provides the context for potential ways to innovate Social Financing. The report has some strategic recommendations for the sector to re-examine current approaches to financing social enterprises, beginning roadmaps to develop meaningful financing mechanisms, and sustainable partnerships amongst relevant stakeholders to support social enterprises to success.

While the report is an IP of the DBS Foundation, an abstract is available for your read.


Effective Social Incubation - First Insights from Asia

DBS Foundation has partnered with AVPN (Asia Venture Philanthropy Network) to conduct a qualitative study on the success factors and effectiveness of 15 social incubators in Asia. Covering incubators in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong and Singapore, this research paper is the first of its kind from Asia and takes learnings from global studies already conducted, like the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative from Emory University and the Aspen Network of Development Enterprises in the US. This research provides a baseline for comparison of the researched incubators (covering Greenfield start-ups, Brownfield - NGOs converting to SEs etc) to measure how well they are in what they do.

Please download the abstract of the report here.

Complete report can be read here.


Greater China Social Enterprise Ecosystem Survey and Study

This DBS Foundation supported research conducted by China Social Enterprise Research Centre (SERC) covers a survey of 300 SEs in Greater China (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan). The research provides the first quantitative view of social enterprise landscape in Greater China. Along with interviews of the sector’s capacity builders and funders and nine case studies of social enterprises picked from different industries and different stages of growth, it presents a first-hand opportunity to understand social enterprises’ needs and challenges in Greater China region.

The report has been completed and is available in Mandarin. The translated English version will be made available soon.

Read or download the report in Mandarin here.


State of Social Enterprise Ecosystem in Taiwan

In order to gain better insights on the Taiwan social enterprise ecosystem, DBS Taiwan and Vision Project, United Daily News Group(UDN Group) jointly commissioned a research on public awareness of social enterprises and status of Taiwan’s social enterprises. Since 2015, this is the second time such research had been carried out and several changes in public perception and state of social enterprises have been noted. The report also highlighted some of the key challenges faced by social enterprises in Taiwan.

A summary of the findings is available here and you may also read the full report in Mandarin here. We thank UDN Group for the invaluable partnership.

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