European and American social entrepreneurs bring their knowledge and experience to Africa in the hope of creating businesses that will address the problems that African countries face. Though well intentioned, these people often set up shop within an ecosystem that is staffed by outsiders - American-educated "experts" who rely on their contacts to generate funds and arrange press coverage for their enterprises.
A major flaw in this system lies in the fact that such enterprises seldom include local people except in roles like support staff. This lack of diversity in the management of a business can have a negative impact as the business attempts to establish itself and grow. Outside social entrepreneurs will complain that they don't have the ability to discover local individuals with the appropriate education and experience. But by excluding local individuals, entrepreneurs risk the success of their enterprises.
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The Social Enterprise Law Association (SELA), founded by Bea Hinton and Thea Sebastian, is a student-led organization at Harvard Law School designed to connecting the rift between the private and public sectors, while offering a space for students to transform their ideas into initiatives by applying their newfound legal skills to build meaningful careers.