UE

This project is co-funded
by the European Union

Promoting social entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean region

BACKGROUND

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.

OBJECTIVES

GLOBAL OBJECTIVE

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.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE

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.

STRATEGIES

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.

ACTIVITIES

  • 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.

NEWS

MEDUP! GOES PUBLIC

A special opportunity to partecipate to an inspiring North-South exchange experience on social entrepreneurship.

Beirut, 27th, 28th and 29th May 2019, it will take place the second MedUp! Coordination meeting.

The three days will represent an important occasion where all actors involved in the project will be together to discuss project achievements and learning after 1-year of implementation. Moreover, the event will allow to share partners’ visions and steers in order to improve operational and strategic aspects of the project.

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Focus Group Discussions and Workshops – Jordan November 2018

November 21st, Oxfam Jordan organized a Focus Group Discussions and Workshop as part of the Country Study and Needs Assessment. The workshop was entitled “Challenges and Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship in Jordan” . The discussion aimed 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

Morocco

Morocco

Egypt

Egypt

Tunisia

Tunisia

Palestine

Palestine

Jordan

Jordan

Lebanon

Lebanon

EVENTS

October 10-11, 2018
Coordination Meeting, Rabat.

CONTACT US

Cristian Bevacqua, Regional Project Coordinator.
cristian.bevacqua@oxfam.it

Silvana Grispino, Global Portfolio Manager.
silvana.grispino@oxfam.it

Gianluca Bacci, Project Assistant.
gianluca.bacci@oxfam.it

UE

This project is co-funded by the European Union

Consortium Leader

OXFAM

European Partners

Impact Hub
Euclid Network
Diesis

Southern Mediterranean Partners

Enactus
TCSE
PARC
JOHUD
SEKEM

Associated Partners

Banca Etica
Regione Toscana
Regione Sardegna
AIDDA