How is Social Entrepreneurship Pursuing the Path of Development? Regional Perspectives in the Western Balkans

Stefan Chichevaliev, Stojan Debarliev, Aleksandra Janeska-Iliev

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In this book chapter, we analyse social entrepreneurship (SE) development in the Western Balkans and present a regional overview. SE has become a globally known contributor to alleviating societal, economic, social, and environmental concerns. Its influence on increasing people’s quality of life has put the concept on a pedestal, and the Balkans are no different. The new advances have increased the efforts from the third sector in advocating for increased visibility, recognition, and support for social enterprises (SEs) as contributors to the development of resilient communities and facilitating the countries’ recovery from economic, social, and environmental crises. To provide a regional development overview, we use the institutional perspective. We base the analysis on data by applying qualitative methods, including document analysis, conference speeches, round tables, consultations, and other impactful events conducted over the last decade. The evidence suggests that the Western Balkan countries are similar in their development and lack a clear vision, a strategic pathway, and sustainable solutions to accelerate the sector’s growth. The awareness of the SEs’ contributions is still low, hindering their impact and potential scalability. Raising awareness campaigns is much needed to increase SEs’ visibility, recognition, revenues, and financial sustainability. Intersectoral collaboration is not at a suitable level, and the coordination and partnerships between the SE actors are lacking. The region needs to make a significant and consistent effort to facilitate the sector’s development and support SEs to provide the expected societal impact.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurship Development in the Balkans: Perspective from Diverse Contexts
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages36
EditionFirst edition
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83753-454-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-83753-455-5
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2023

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© 2023 by Stefan Chichevaliev, Stojan Debarliev and Aleksandra Janeska Iliev.


  • social entrepreneurship
  • sector development
  • social entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • institutional perspective
  • social enterprise contribution
  • Western Balkan


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