With more than 17,000 islands and 300 languages, Indonesia proved a challenging country in which to deliver a national social enterprise bootcamp. But having learned many valuable lessons, a similar project is now planned for Scotland.
The first study of social investment in sub-Saharan Africa identifies 820 social investors and a growing role played by corporates. But capital is not matching demand and it is heavily skewed to just three countries.
Domestic workers are one of society’s greatest frontiers of untapped human potential. A partnership between organisations in South Africa and east London has been helping women to start their own creative businesses.
Youth unemployment is a growing problem in Greece, Croatia and Cyprus. The COOPower project is inspiring young people to create their own social enterprises and co-operatives to tackle the problem themselves.
In Indonesia, where disabled people often face discrimination, a collaborative project run by two social enterprises has supported entrepreneurial creative people with physical and mental disabilities to use their art to empower themselves.
Creative and social enterprises in Indonesia are helping to build an inclusive economy. And now, in preparation for the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, the government has pledged to support their growth.
International social enterprise programmes can be of huge support to local pioneers, but it’s not as simple as bringing experience from one country into another, as our DICE Young Storymaker Mathilda Mallinson reports.