Space for People, Profit and Power
Two major development have lead to the establishment of U®AIDE as a social enterprise in 2011. One development was the emergence of a new type of governance that assumes the role of collaborator in partnerships. The second trend is diminishing civil society space world-wide due to detachment of political leadership from local constituencies. U®AIDE aims to broker partnerships that maintain rigor in societies and treasure countervailing power while maximizing comparative advantages.
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Civil Society Space
The conceptualization of civil society, or the Third Sector as it is sometimes called, as a space is further explored in a number of research projects of the EMES network and further developed by authors like Avelino & Wittmayer (2014) and depicted in the figure above. This space is made of up of three boundaries: between public and private, between for-profit and not-for-profit and between formal and informal. Globally this space is shrinking.