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Third annual social enterprise conference starts today

  • Published at 12:56 pm February 22nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:37 pm February 22nd, 2017
Third annual social enterprise conference starts today
"Collaboration for Impact" is the third annual Social Enterprise Forum in Bangladesh and is organised by the British Council in collaboration with Betterstories, Dnet, Future Startup, mPower and Team Engine. The 2017 event is also being delivered in partnership with the Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister's Office. The second forum, held last year, which focused on the impact and opportunities for social enterprises, brought together over 100 policy experts and social entrepreneurs, impact investors, investment intermediaries and practitioners from a host of countries. This year’s forum will bring together social entrepreneurs, development professionals, social investors and policy makers for a two-day policy dialogue in order to share and learn from experiences and to identify opportunities to accelerate the growth of social enterprise in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is known as the home of social enterprises like BRAC and Grameen to the world. Social enterprise has been in practice in Bangladesh through the efforts of both of these organisations. As a result of the widespread success of BRAC and Grameen, there is a general awareness about social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. Building on that, today there is a small but vibrant social enterprise movement taking shape in Dhaka and a relatively large amount of social enterprise activity across the country. A recently published survey report on the state of social enterprise in Bangladesh suggests the important contribution that social enterprises are making while addressing challenges, such as youth engagement and skill development, faced by communities across the country. There is growing evidence that Bangladesh has a potential to overcome social barriers and propel growth as a nation by developing social enterprises in sectors such as agriculture, health, energy, education and technology in Bangladesh. The two-day long invite only event, starting from today, aims to discover opportunities for collaborations in order to make rapid progress in gathering experience from other countries. The event is also meant to develop a comprehensive set of policy recommendations for the government and stakeholders to support the sector’s rapid growth.