The Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship was established in the School of International Studies at the University of the Pacific in 2006. It positions Pacific and SIS at the forefront of the newly emerging field of social entrepreneurship in both the academic and ...more
INJAZ Al-Arab, a Skoll grantee that works with private-sector volunteers to teach entrepreneurship and workforce readiness to young people, is proud to announce it will start operations in Pakistan next year with generous support from private equity group Abraaj Capital.
INJAZ’s goal is to reduce unemployment, and empower school leavers and college graduates by encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship and assisting them ...more
This summer, Lebanon passed a law to give its roughly 400,000 Palestinian refugees the right to work in any profession. Previously, they had only been allowed to work in very low-level jobs. Thank you, Lebanon, for this move in the right direction to increase freedom.
Couple of new videos from our Hampshire franchise which are great at getting under the skin of social entrepreneurship in general, and the SSE programme (and its action learning approach) in particular. Thanks to all who feature, and especially to... ...more
I’ve been working with Blue Ventures for a little over a year now. Most of my efforts are focused on building the capacity of the organisation and assisting in finding its path to scale and significantly expanded impact.
I’m always harping on about economic incentives as mechanisms to nurture marine conversation – or alternative livelihoods, education and family planning as ways to reduce pressure on marine environments. But in truth there’s no-one better than Al Harris, founder of Blue Ventures, to paint a picture, in equal parts full of despair and awash with hope, of the scale of the challenge and the potential for change confronting humanity’s relationship with the sea.
Great to be back. Even greater to get an email confirming ACEVO's status as the best lobbyist in the sector. And indeed up there with the CBI and TUC. Where, of course, we should be!
A new website called "Who's Lobbying” (click here) has been set up to show lobbying trends in the UK, and was linked by The Guardian on Twitter this morning. The site opens with an analysis of who is meeting with Ministers.
It shows that the top five organisations with the most meetings are:-
We come in at number four. But what's amazing is that ACEVO have a fraction of the resource of these guys. We have an infinitesimally smaller staff group and much less money. Yet we compete on the strength of our top team and our ability to be up there with solutions to problems. Governments want to talk to a CEO body that comes with ideas and answers. Not whinges.
Yesterday’s ‘Analysis’ programme on R4, ‘Criminal Rehabilitation: A Sub-Prime Investment?”, was essential listening — it’s here on the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days. Part of the programme looked at the role Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) might play in improving criminal rehabilitation outcomes by enabling private investors to derive a financial return by funding such programmes.
The theory is that the financial risk is removed from the delivery agent (a third sector organisation, for instance) and passed on to “socially motivated investors”; the cost of service delivery is removed from the public spending balance sheet; the third sector provider gains long-term funding for a proven model of service delivery; and, if it all works out, the external investors receive a financial return triggered when outcomes of the programme — in this case a 10% reduction in ...more
Carrying on the theme of this post, there was a very interesting In Focus piece in Sunday’s Observer tracing the roots of UK Big Society policies and welfare reform to the US and again reinforcing the role that Cameron’s “secret weapon”, Steve Hilton, his special policy advisor, has played.
Read it here.
Iain Duncan Smith, W&P secretary, will be publishing a White Paper on welfare reform this week — said to be the biggest shake-up of the welfare system since its establishment. ...more
Over recent weeks Ministers have been at pains to stress the importance of civil society to the Big Society agenda. Local Authorities are being encouraged not to ‘do the easy thing’ and cut funding to the voluntary and community sector in order to meet their challenging spending targets.
So you might have expected to see the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) give a strong signal to local authorities on the importance of working closely with civil society. Their departmental business plan, published on 8th November, sets out their priorities and actions to reinvigorate accountability and local democracy, decentralise power, increase transparency and put communities in the driving seat for local decision making. Great! Who’d disagree with any of those aims? And from where I’m sitting, the voluntary and community sector and social enterprises have a key role to ...more