Wharton Social Impact Initiative Year in Review

New Reports

Africa is home to many of the fastest growing economies in the world—and naturally, we’re interested. Knowledge@Wharton and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative traveled to Morocco to meet with leading entrepreneurs spurring Africa’s current growth. The resulting special edition report, published last March, introduces 18 entrepreneurs, executives who are leading, launching, scaling, and supporting businesses across the continent.


Then in August, we published “Innovative Finance: Mobilizing Capital for Maximum Impact,” a special report in collaboration with Knowledge@Wharton, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation. Building upon a convening at Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy, and insights from leading experts from the worlds of finance, international development, philanthropy, and academia, this report look at the history of innovative finance and current efforts underway to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Excellence in Teaching

Vice Dean Katherine Klein received an Excellence in Teaching Award for her undergraduate management course, “Knowledge for Social Impact.” These awards recognize curricular innovation, innovative use of technology within the classroom, and exceptional devotion to students.

The cross-disciplinary group dives deep into pressing social issues—poverty, food insecurity, access to education—and explores different strategies and approaches to solving those problems.