UNDP, Impact Hub Network launch social entrepreneurship program

UNDP social entrepreneurship ecosystem
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AMMAN — The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recently organized a workshop in collaboration with Impact Hub to support employment among youth and marginalized communities, according to a statement from UNDP.اضافة اعلان

The program, led by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship and funded by the People of Japan, provided entrepreneurship opportunities to more than 200 people. Heart of Amman, the name of the program, was designed by UNDP aims to find solutions to development challenges through the establishment of social enterprises, the statement said.

The second phase of Heart of Amman includes technical assistance for social enterprise policy development, including policy dialogue workshops with key stakeholders, social enterprises, and civil society, in support to the Social Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee.

UNDP and Impact Hub Network, which helped organize the most recent workshop, will be helping to develop policies and regulations in support of social entrepreneurs. The initial topics covered in the recent workshop, included a review of approaches on legal forms and regulations as well as relevant practices — including on social enterprise culture, access to market and finance, impact measurement and evaluation, and skills and business development support.

UNDP Resident Representative Sara Ferrer Olivella said in the statement: “Social entrepreneurship in Jordan offers not only a path for young Jordanians to transform their own lives, but also a way to empower others. We believe that young social entrepreneurs have a key role to play in contributing to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

Through further workshops, stakeholder consultations, and research taking place during May and June, the gaps, opportunities and key needs regarding policy are mapped out. In a follow-up workshop in June, a report summarizing key policy recommendations will be discussed with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship and involved stakeholders. Following this, co-created policy initiatives, as well as a road map for policy development, will be proposed and presented, according to the statement.

Gabriela Gandel, executive director of Impact Hub Global commented: “We applaud the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship’s initiative to acknowledge social entrepreneurship as a key approach to building a strong economy and society, generating inclusive jobs, spurring innovation and contributing to the SDGs.”

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