The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is the leading forum for international exchange and collaboration in social entrepreneurship and social investment. The success of the event in galvanising the global movement of social enterprise has created a platform for learning, sharing of good practice, ideas and creating partnerships has made it the main forum for the social enterprise sector.
The British Council hosted the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2019 in Addis Ababa on 23 – 25 October 2019. British Council’s work on social enterprise in Ethiopia began in 2015 and gathered speed quickly, using expertise from British Council’s well-established Global Social Enterprise programme, which had been ongoing since 2005, understanding of local context and longstanding institutional relationships (office opened in Ethiopia 75 years ago).
Ethiopia is home to a young and dynamic movement: 75 per cent of social enterprises have only been operating since 2010 and nearly half of all leaders are aged under 35. With support from the European Union, British Council have acted as a catalyst for Ethiopia’s emerging social enterprise movement and there is significant interest and support from Ethiopian government representatives.
Our vision for SEWF 2019 was to:
The SEWF 2019 hosts, The British Council, worked with SEWF to calculate the carbon impact of the event in Addis Ababa last October. The methodology outlined in the SEWF climate change strategy has resulted in a carbon offset payment of £12,606 to SELCO Foundation in India. This will provide financing for sustainable lighting solutions for 400 households and energy solutions for 10 schools benefiting 600 students.
The British council will put significant emphasis and resource into planning, delivering and monitoring the local legacy outcomes from SEWF. Expected legacy of SEWF 2019 is:
“Ethiopia has been outstanding. If there was a better way to showcase the energy and the enterprising potential of this country, I can’t think of it.”
Gerry Higgins, Founder and Managing Director, SEWF CIC
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