Social entrepreneurship in/from the Global South
: the case of Galpão Aplauso

  • Luíza Rosa do Nascimento Silva (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Inequality embodies an enduring reality for growing populations in both South and North. The often-insufficient government neoliberal interventions work as a placebo for this historical issue. The field of management, led by the Global North, has created and propagated models such as social entrepreneurship to mitigate or even eradicate growing social-economic differences between the better off and the worse off worldwide. This rather elitist literature overshadows and denies knowledge from below produced in/from the Global South which remain voiceless and unknown even to business school students in the South. Galpão Aplauso (GA), a Brazilian NGO working with marginalized youth, has made significant contributions against inequality which move beyond the institutionalized understanding of what social entrepreneurship is and how it works. This action research describes and analyzes a Global South experience on social entrepreneurship within the context of COVID-19 pandemics lived by a researcher who took part of an international team created to develop solutions to make GA more sustainable given from a survival-oriented perspective of social entrepreneurship.
Date of Award20 Oct 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAlexandre de Almeida Faria (Supervisor)


  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Global South
  • NGOs


  • Mestrado em Gestão

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