Friday 14 September 2018

During the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 (SEWF) that took place from 12-14 September in Edinburgh, it was announced that the next forum will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The announcement was made during the handover ceremony at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh which was attended by a 20-strong Ethiopian delegation including His Excellency Jantirar Yigzaw, Minister of Urban Development and Housing and His Excellency Mebrahtu Meles, State Minister of Industry. Co-founders of the recently formed Social Enterprise Ethiopia, Social Enterprise Intermediary organisations' representatives and the British Council's staff members were also present.

Around 1200 delegates from all over the world are expected to attend this forum which will take place from 23 to 25 October 2019. This will be the first time the event will be held in a developing country. The purpose of SEWF is to share and learn more about social enterprise, discuss emerging issues, and debate future directions and legislation.

About Social Enterprise in Ethiopia

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. Academics, leaders of government, civil society, social enterprise and other key stakeholders are becoming increasingly alive to the possibilities.

Please visit to learn more and register.