The British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme, currently running in 29 countries and on four continents, draws on the UK experience in social enterprise to promote its growth around the world. We build capacity in the sector, forge international networks, and support policy leaders to create ecosystems in which social enterprise and social investment can thrive. Our work supports positive social change, inclusive growth and sustainable development while building trust and creating opportunities between the UK and other countries.

We have recently launched a three-year Social Enterprise Programme in Ethiopia, this builds on a pilot initiative we had implemented since 2015. The overall objective of this project is: People have the skills to be employable and to build inclusive economies which support stable and prosperous societies. The specific objective of the action is to build an enabling ecosystem of support that encourages the growth of social enterprises, as an integral part of the economy in Ethiopia.

 Ethiopian Social Enterprise Programme works on three components: 

  1. Government engagement and policy - We work with policy makers and policy influencers to create an evidence based enabling environment in which social enterprises can thrive.
  2. Capacity Building (Business and Investor Readiness for social entrepreneurs) - We support social enterprises to develop, grow and scale through training, mentoring and consultancy as well as access to funding and investment.
  3. Collaboration and partnership - We facilitate space for social enterprises to link into existing platforms and networks to facilitate knowledge sharing, partnerships and matchmaking between businesses and other actors.

The grant scheme for Social Enterprise intermediaries falls under Result 2 which envisages Social Enterprise Intermediaries (i.e. the professional services that are available to support social enterprises) in Ethiopia to be identified and supported to deliver a social enterprise support programme in partnership with their counterparts from the UK. Intermediaries will engage at the different stages of social enterprise development, from the initial idea to sustainability, profitability and scale.

List of Annexes forming part of the request for proposal (RFP)

  • Grant guideline
  • Grant proposal template



 Interested Social Enterprise Intermediaries are required to meet the following criteria:

  • experience of providing Business and Investor Readiness support for social enterprises programmes (incubator and accelerator) to social enterprises and/or current commitment to developing the same within existing business development programmes;
  • has the knowhow to identify what is feasible within the current country context and design accordingly;
  • depth and/or breadth of knowledge and experience, capacity to deliver, learn and communicate about the business impacts of these intervention
  • experience and/or commitment to work in partnership with Social Enterprise and Social Investment intermediary organisations from the UK, as joint applications are submitted


Instructions for application