UNIDO Entrepreneurs for Social Change
Euro-Mediterrane Countries , 22 June 2018
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition.
The main objective of the project Entrepreneurs for social change is to strengthen the support provided to young entrepreneurs, which is foreseen to translate into positive social change in the communities of the region these youth and women entrepreneurs operate in. By providing viable and innovative solutions to economic and social issues at the local, national and regional levels and by showcasing the benefits and values of social entrepreneurship to policymakers and other relevant stakeholders, the ecosystem will be strengthened and innovative solutions to pressing social issues will be facilitated in a sustainable way.
Responses to the issues relating to increased violence and conflict, radicalization and forced migration oftentimes do not recognize the interconnected nature of the resulting social and economic pressures. Based on this, young social entrepreneurs have been identified as key agents of change, with the potential to transform social challenges into economic opportunities, and to contribute significantly to building sustainable and inclusive societies.
In order to achieve the objective of the project, the creation and development of social enterprises is supported by providing training, mentoring, and legal assistance to generate and foster long-term positive social impact.
The creation and development of social enterprises is supported to generate and foster positive social impact. This will be achieved by providing training, mentoring, and legal support to the participating social entrepreneurs and through the development of a social impact toolkit.
Main activities are:
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