Social Franchising Resources

Social franchising is the application of the business format franchising model to address societal issues such as joblessness, drug use, poverty, disease, sanitation, access to potable water, lack of education, etc. The Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC) is engaged in academic endeavors to produce timely and relevant franchise-related research and forecasts impacting the field of franchising, including the emerging social franchising sector. 


Social Sector Franchising Initiative (SSFI)

The Social Sector Franchise Initiative (SSFI) is a project of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE), a joint venture of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Carsey School of Public Policy, at the University of New Hampshire. CSIE collaborates closely on this initiative with the Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC).

The initiative aims to contribute to the success of the growing field of social sector franchising by providing applied research and information on social sector franchising mechanisms to help inform practicing social sector franchise leaders, non-governmental organizations, investors, donors, and government officials. 


RIFC Global Social Franchise Index

The RIFC Global Social Francise Index is an annual index that ranks 131 countries according to the impacts social entrepreneurship and social franchising can have on their country’s citizens’ well-being. This index incorporates metrics that include a country’s citizens’ health conditions, education levels, income, population size, as well as the riskiness of operating in that country.


Case Studies  

Ziweto Case Study:  

This case study provides an overview of Ziweto Enterprises, a social venture using franchising methodology to scale its growth. The goal of this study is to present a clear picture of how the starting stages of a social franchise can expand and thrive in a developing country such as Malawi. 

Jibu Case Study:       

This case study provides an overview of the social sector franchise, Jibu. Jibu seeks to simultaneously provide lasting access to affordable drinking water and to contribute to economic development through a network of locally-owned franchise businesses in East Africa and beyond. This case study provides an overview of Jibu’s business model, operations, and approaches.


Research Publications

Coming Soon!  


Other Publications

Investing In Social Franchising

How Social Franchising Can Address Global Social Issues

Africa In Need Of New Solutions: Social Entrepreneurship And Franchising To The Rescue


Webinars & Podcasts

Coming Soon!  View the UNH SSFI archived social franchising webinars and podcasts.


Additional Resources

Social Sector Franchising Task Force (International Franchise Association)

Spring Impact (formerly The International Centre for Social Franchising)

Stage Six