Promoting socially and environmentally sustainable social enterprise

Lessons Learned and Examples of Best Practice

This section of the website presents example models of best practice and lessons learned for private and social enterprise in low- and middle-income countries. The resources presented below are categorised by EfD’s Foces Area, with additional categories for innovation and social enterprise more generally.


  • This Case Study on Linkage Africa, a vegetable brokerage enterprise working with smallholder farmers in Nakuru, Kenya, presents the lessons learned from a pilot scheme implemented between July and December 2014.
  • A study by Acumen and Bain & Company unveils how to scale the adoption of agricultural innovations: Acumen-Bain – Growing Prosperity
Global Health
  • An evaluation of ColaLife’s operational trial in Zambia to distribute anti-diarrhoea kits via Coca-Cola wholesalers in district towns, alongside community-based marketing and training for retailers, finds encouraging results: Evaluation of ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia
  • Keith Palmer summarises ten years of experience of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), a multilateral donor-funded organisation whose overriding objective is to help low-income countries boost economic growth and reduce poverty by improving access to infrastructure using private sector capital and expertise: Keith Palmer – 10 years of the PIDG
Social Enterprise
  • Results for Development (R4D) summarise a decade’s experience in taking innovation to scale, offering recommendations and practical lessons for scaling up: R4D – Taking Innovations to Scale