SEWF 2020 Halifax postponed – May Update*

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Posted by: Jo Seagrave / 25 March 2020

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SEWF digital event announced: 21-25 September 2020

SEWF C.I.C. and Partners will host a two-day digital forum from 21-25 September 2020 to assist the world of social enterprise to come together and plan for the future. The event will involve contributions from different locations and we expect that this will be our largest ever SEWF gathering.

Our climate change strategy, set SEWF on the path to increasing digital engagement as a complement to our annual forum. We have seen SEWF produce a legacy of change in many countries and never has this been more important as the world seeks and demands change in the relationship between communities, markets, and governments.

Further details will be available in due course and will be posted via our newsletter and social media channels.

SEWF 2020, Halifax postponed until 2021

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SEWF C.I.C. and the SEWF 2020 host Common Good Solutions, have agreed to postpone this year’s event in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Instead of gathering in Canada from 23-25th September 2020 the global social enterprise community will come together in Halifax in 2021. Further info will soon be available at

The international social enterprise community is directly impacted by the global pandemic and while the situation may have improved in many countries by September, this will be a time for recovery and rebuilding. SEWF C.I.C. and Common Good Solutions would like to express our solidarity with all those in the social enterprise movement who are in the frontline of delivering services to those affected by coronavirus. We encourage social enterprises and their supporters to attend to the welfare and wellbeing of clients and colleagues but also to stay connected with our global community.

SEWF 2019 post-event report

To whet your appetite for our future events and to remind you of what can be achieved when we come together, view the highlights and download the SEWF 2019 post-event report.

The SEWF 2019 Hosts, The British Council, worked with SEWF C.I.C. 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.

*This news update was edited on 15 May 2020 after its initial release on 25 March 2020. The update reflects ongoing developments with SEWF Digital, SEWF 2021, and SEWF 2020. Any queries about these changes may be directed to