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Singapore Could Take Regional Lead In Social Enterprise: Mechai Viravaidya

Singapore Could Take Regional Lead In Social Enterprise: Mechai Viravaidya

Singapore is the best Southeast Asian country to produce and promote social entrepreneurship in the region, according to Mr Mechai Viravaidya, founder of Thailand’s Population and Community Development Association (PDA). Speaking at the Singapore International Foundation (SIF)’s seventh Ideas for a Better World Forum on 29 February, the 71-year-old was addressing the need to nurture new generations of social entrepreneurs. Mr Viravaidya is in a prime position to shed light on how a spirit of social entrepreneurship can be cultivated and what such enterprise can achieve. He set up the non-governmental PDA in 1974, when he realized that Thailand’s poverty levels couldn’t support her high population growth. Through promoting the use of condoms and other contraception methods in Thailand – earning him the moniker Mr Condom – he led a movement that successfully reduced the coun...

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