This project is co-funded
by the European Union
This project is co-funded
Sustainable growth and employment are common concerns among the partner countries in the southern Mediterranean region, where 5 million jobs need to be created on a yearly basis to ensure social inclusion. The largest reservoir of jobs remains within the 6 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that account for 90% of total employment, but still have a minor contribution to sustainable growth. The creation of more productive and efficient enterprises can fuel economic growth and create demand for skilled labour, generate better-paid jobs and contribute to social stability.
Boosting economic inclusiveness, employability and job creation through social enterprises, require capable business support institutions, inclusive financing mechanisms, serious engagement of unconventional stakeholders (such as municipalities, private sector businesses and academia), meaningful collaboration at a national, regional and international levels, in addition to an evidence-based policy, an enabling legal environment, and a transparent and accountable regulatory mechanisms in favor of social justice and economic development, adapted to local contexts and conditions.
Promote an enabling environment in the Southern Mediterranean partner countries for the development of the social entrepreneurship sector as a driver for inclusive growth and job creation.
Increase economic inclusiveness and employment in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine where adequate policies on social entrepreneurship are in place, public-private dialogue and exchanges of practices are promoted and high quality services for social enterprises are provided.
At Macro Level: Promoting country and cross-country policy and advocacy initiatives and public-private dialogue to create an enabling regulatory and policy environments
At Meso Level: Reinforcing 60 social entrepreneurship support organizations through capacity-building and networking activities
At Micro Level: Providing financial and technical support to 100 social enterprises.
- Carry-out national and regional analyses of the main social entrepreneurship perceptions, actors and priorities including barriers to, and economic impact of, women and youth entering the regional labour force.
- Conduct policy and advocacy initiatives on the importance of social entrepreneurship as a mechanism for inclusive growth and job creation at national and cross-country level.
- Enhance public-private debate and stimulate initiatives and policies supporting social entrepreneurship for women and youth.
- Conduct national needs assessment and provide capacity building for targeted social entrepreneurship support organizations.
- Provide technical support to develop innovative products and services targeting social enterprises.
- Promote networking activities between social entrepreneurship support organizations and local financial institutions.
- Organize exchange and networking events between public and private key stakeholders and their counterparts in the EU and in the Southern neighbourhood.
- Set up sub granting schemes for financial support to selected social enterprises.
- Provide technical assistance services for the development of viable social enterprises.
- Collect good practices of promising social enterprises and disseminating them at national, regional and European level.
- Define a strategy for the replication of successful social enterprises.
MedUp project: launch of the first round of trainings for organizations that support social entrepreneurs in the MENA region
The MedUp! Project is continuing its activities for the promotion of social entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean region with the first round of technical trainings targeting local Social Entrepreneurship Social Organization (SESOs). Objective of this activity is to strengthen the skills and capacities of SESOs staff enabling to provide innovative services targeting social entrepreneurs.
The workshops will take place from the 18th until 27th of February in each one of the six countries where estimated 15 SESOs per country are expected attending the three-day trainings.
Impact Hub, one of the European technical partners of the project, will provide the trainings in coordination with local partners and Oxfam in-country offices. The trainings’ programs will take into account the outcomes of the SESOs’ needs assessment conducted in each of the six target countries.
During the sessions, the participant SESOs will learn topics such as design thinking, social business model canvas, lean methodology, crowd-solving/funding, access to impact investors, inclusive business acceleration and others.
Official Schedule of the trainings to SESOs in target countries:
- Rabat (Morocco) – 18th, 19th and 20th of February
- Ramallah (Palestine) – 19th, 20th, 21st of February
- El Cairo (Egypt) – 21st, 22nd, 23rd of February
- Amman (Jordan) – 25th, 26th, 27th of February
- Tunis (Tunisia) – 25th, 26th, 27th of February
- Beirut (Lebanon) – 25th, 26th, 27th of February
With these activities, Oxfam and its partners is approaching the end of first year of an important initiative that wants to promote social entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean region as a driver for job creation and inclusive growth particularly for young and women.
MedUp! Is a four-year project, co-funded by the European Union that integrates actors from Europe and the MENA region. Oxfam Italy operates as leader of the consortium. The project aims at: (i) promoting country and cross-country policy and advocacy initiatives and public-private dialogue to create an enabling regulatory and policy environments; (ii) reinforcing 60 social entrepreneurship support organizations through capacity-building and networking activities; (iii) providing financial and technical support to 100 social enterprises.
Focus Group Discussions and Workshops – Jordan
Last week, Oxfam Jordan organized a Focus Group Discussions and Workshop as part of the Country Study and Needs Assessment currently ongoing in Jordan . The workshop was entitled “Challenges and Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship in Jordan” . The discussion aims at understanding the challenges and opportunities for Social Enterprises (SEs), and at identifying the support and capacity building needs of Social Enterprise Support Organizations (SESOs) in Jordan.
AREA OF INTERVENTION
October 10-11, 2018
Coordination Meeting, Rabat.
This project is co-funded by the European Union