Our intervention in Kenya kicked off by an analytical work, a survey sought to unfold the current state of social enterprise in Kenya . The survey maps the sector in the country including an assessment of the size and profile of social enterprises. This will in turn provide an evidence base to take to key players in the ecosystem to initiate dialogue and help establish a better enabling environment for social enterprises.
To demonstrate the impact supporting social enterprises can have in addressing challenges faced by vulnerable populations, the programme engages in building capacities of a range of social enterprise intermediaries such as Civil Society Organizations, educational institutions and business support providers. We support partnership between educational institutions, Universities and TVET institutions, in Kenya and from across Europe to demonstrate to education institutions the need to teach the skills required to lead social enterprises for employability and job creation.
Through our networking and partnership platforms in-country, regionally, and globally, we aim to further demonstrate the potential of the social enterprise sector both through providing learning opportunities but also through helping to support the identification of new markets for social enterprises in Kenya . This helps to incentivise philanthropists and social investors to bring more capital into the sector.
The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in Ethiopia and Kenya. The overall objective of this project is to support vulnerable populations to access ‘Social protection, health, education and jobs’ therefore supporting ‘Inclusive and sustainable economic growth for human development’ while the specific objective is to promote and strengthen an evidence-based social enterprise approach in addressing these development priorities in Eastern Africa, notably in Ethiopia and Kenya.
This project builds on British Council’s Global Social Enterprise (GSE) programme, which supports social enterprises to address social and environmental challenges and improve people's lives in our communities and societies. To date the GSE programme has been delivered in 26 countries since it was launched in 2009.
The programme consists of 4 interconnected components with the following expected results:
- Result 1: Improved information and understanding of the social enterprise sector in Kenya and Ethiopia.
- Result 2: Increased capacity of social enterprise institutions and practitioners in Kenya and Ethiopia, including social entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, intermediaries and educators.
- Result 3: Increased capacity of government officials and policy influencers.
- Result 4: Increased South-South as well as South-North collaboration and partnership between the social enterprise communities within and between Kenya and Ethiopia and the wider East Africa region and with the EU and the EU diaspora where appropriate.
The 4 components are designed to be interconnected and mutually reinforcing: The analytical work to be undertaken under component 1 will look for social enterprises which are using successful inclusive business models and innovative, market-based solutions to development problems, which could be replicated or scaled up.
Component 2 will aim to demonstrate the impact that supporting a social enterprise sector can have in addressing challenges faced by vulnerable populations, which will in turn provide an evidence base to 1) take to decision makers to help establish a better enabling environment for social enterprises, 2) help to incentive philanthropists and social investors to bring more capital into the sector and 3) demonstrate to education institutions the need to teach the skills required to lead social enterprises.
Activities undertaken in components 3 and 4 will aim to further demonstrate the potential of the social enterprise sector both through providing learning opportunities but also through helping to support the identification of new markets for social enterprises in Kenya and Ethiopia.
Component 4 provides the space for these social enterprises to link into existing platforms and networks to facilitate knowledge sharing, partnerships and matchmaking between businesses and other actors. These other actors include policy influencers and government officials, which will receive training under Component 3 and will be informed properly about the full potential of social entrepreneurship, but also the existing barriers and potential incentives (taxation, legal framework etc).