Ethiopia to Host the Next Social Enterprise World Forum(SEWF ) which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between 23 – 25 October 2019.
The announcement was made during the handover ceremony at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh attended by a 20-strong Ethiopian delegation including His Excellency Jantirar Yigzaw, Minister of Urban Development and Housing and His Excellency Mebrahtu Meles, Minister of Industry. Co-founders of the recently formed Social Enterprise Ethiopia and British Council staff members were also present.
According to a statement from the British Council, the next SEWF will be organized by the British Council and the Ethiopian Government in collaboration with the vibrant social enterprise community in Ethiopia.
More than 1200 delegates are expected to attend and it is the first time the event has been held in East Africa, reads the report.
The delegates from all over the world will be coming to share and learn more about social enterprise, discuss emerging issues, and debate future directions and legislation.
Social enterprise is a growing sector in Ethiopia, with women and youth playing an increasingly prominent role. The sector is providing new alternatives and demonstrating that profit-making can go hand-in-hand with social and environmental impact as well as innovative and sustainable solutions.
The idea that a business or an enterprise can be a force for social good and development, applying the power of business not only to create jobs but also tackle some of our most entrenched social and environmental issues, is gaining huge traction.
Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) was established in 2008 by national social enterprise support agencies seeking a means to advance social enterprise development globally.
Social Enterprise is a project designed to support underserved populations to access social protection, health, education and jobs, and in doing so help foster inclusive and sustainable growth for human development.