How to combat poverty through markets? What is the social aspect of a company and how does it relate to its economic function? How are social enterprises changing the landscape of development cooperation and how are they influencing local projects? To explore these and other questions and to provide decision-making support for those in the field, Siemens Stiftung together with Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen founded the International Research Network for Social Economic Empowerment (IRENE I SEE) for socio-economic analyses.
Together with partner universities in Ethiopia, Columbia, Mexico, and South Africa, the network researches “social economic empowerment” with a focus on entrepreneurial solutions to social problems. Under the program, financing is awarded to promising Ph.D. candidates who compile primary data on specific questions about social economic empowerment in their own country and create empirical studies.