Anna joined the team in 2018 as Managing Editor at Pioneers Post and Fable Bureau, bringing over 10 years' experience as a freelance journalist, writer/editor and communications specialist. With a focus on international development and social enterprise, Anna has also worked in-house at international organisations including Euclid Network, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and British Council, as well as for a Brussels-based communications agency. She oversaw the communications of the Belgian government's aid work in Tanzania for a year, and has led community/youth media projects in Uganda and Kenya and more recently through the youth charity Exposure in north London. Anna is a Fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise programme.
Airbnb’s Social Impact Experiences were recently launched in Edinburgh and London, with ambitious plans to expand further throughout 2018. Are they a potentially lucrative opportunity for social enterprises?
It may be Africa’s economic powerhouse, but just beyond South Africa’s urban centres, opportunities to make a decent living rapidly tail off. A new project aims to change this with entrepreneurship and skills training.
Vietnam is being hailed as 'Asia's next tiger' and there's a growing eco-system to support social entrepreneurs. But, Anna Patton discovers, Vietnam's youngsters are yet to be convinced that social enterprise could be a great career path.
The Hong Kong government is rich, but money can’t solve every social problem. A £50m fund aims to boost social entrepreneurship across the city. Anna Patton visits to examine its progress and the challenges it has faced so far.
In the final part of our Global Focus: east Africa feature, Anna Patton gives an overview of social enterprise in Uganda. Under 25s have the potential to make all the difference to the future of the country.