COSTAATT’s Senior Lecturer Co-Authors Text Book

  • COSTAATT’s Senior Lecturer Co-Authors Text Book on Social Entrepreneurship

    • 13/04/2023
    • Posted By : Alicia Dennis Nagee
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    The College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) is proud to acknowledge the collaboration between COSTAATT senior lecturer in the School of Business and Information Technologies, Dr Ambica Medine and The University of the West Indies, Academic Director Masters programmes and Senior Research Fellow, Mona School of Business, Dr Indianna Minto-Coy. The colleagues co-authored the textbook ‘Social Entrepreneurship: Strategies for Caribbean NPOs Financial Sustainability in Trinidad and Tobago,’ which was launched on April 5th, 2023, at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate Global School of Business (ALJGSB), in the presence of the authors, in-person and online guests.

    Dr Ambica Medine
    Dr Ambica Medine
    Dr Indianna Minto-Coy
    Dr Indianna Minto-Coy

    Speaking at the launch of the textbook, Chief Executive Officer of ALJGSB, Mariano Browne, in bringing greetings, congratulated the authors on the publication, observing the need for more publications grounded in the Caribbean context.  Remarking on the social sector’s heavy dependence on state funding, he pointed to the urgent need for NPOs to generate profits and become self-sustaining, as concrete ways in which dependence on Government’s financial support could be mitigated.

    Dr Keith Nurse President of COSTAATT, lauded the work of the authors, highlighting the importance of social entrepreneurship as a key catalyst in social innovation.  Noting the myriad challenges confronting contemporary societies such as global warming, rapid technological change and increases in crime rates, and echoing Mr Browne’s comments, Dr Nurse pointed to the critical need for Trinidad and Tobago to expand investment in social entrepreneurship as a means to developing meaningful solutions to pressing social needs.

    Making the argument for increased independence of the social sector, Dr Nurse emphasized the need for business schools to invest increasingly in the area of social entrepreneurship, adding that the private sector is not a focal point for change in this regard.

    Mona School of Business, senior lecturer and researcher, Dr Kadamawe. Knife, noted the importance of the book as the first publication to address social entrepreneurship in a Caribbean context.

    Also making a presentation at the event, was Ms. Colleen Davis, Secretary of non-profit company, Veni Apwaan.  In speaking of the critical role played by the social sector, Ms Davis asked the audience to consider what would happen if all social sector organisations ceased operations for a day.  She indicated that she would shudder to contemplate the fallout.

    Dr Medine presented copies of the book to Dr Nurse and Mr Kamau Osborne, Librarian II at the Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.