We work with a range of stakeholders to deliver social enterprise activities across three core areas.
Policy Makers and Influencers
Under this policy-focused area of work, we help to develop the capacity of government and key policy stakeholders to support the growth of an enabling environment for social enterprise. This will include conducting a mapping exercise to generate the evidence for action, leading study visits to the EU, and convening policy dialogues that enable all stakeholders to collectively determine action.
Social Enterprise intermediaries
Our work to build capacity in the sector focuses on building the capacity of intermediary organisations such as incubators, educators, consultants, and investment and finance professionals. We offer grants to enable intermediaries and educators to provide enhanced business support to social enterprises leaders. Social enterprise incubators are supported through a sub-granting mechanism that includes mentoring and training and an exchange of good practices between the intermediary organisations in East Africa and, whenever applicable, counterparts from relevant EU member states.
Social enterprise practitioners
We also support the development of a social enterprise community in East Africa by providing a collaboration and partnership space for social enterprise and civil society organisation leaders to connect and network. We offer a platform to develop the capacity of social enterprises to better define their needs and share their experience through the creation of a network of SE practitioners across the wider East Africa region, and facilitate sharing with EU Member State counterparts.