DIVE 3: Social Economy Policy Debate

Belle and co. discusses the South African social economy policy and role of social enterprise from a South African perspective in the second episode of the Dive 3 debates. DIVE is a EU Erasmus+ supported social enterprise programme involving 12 countries around the world.

Live Video below (went live 2 December 2019)

Extract from the Social Economy Policy consultation invitation (30 October 2019): 

The South African government, through the Economic Development Department (EDD) is developing a policy to strengthen and stimulate the social economy so that it can grow and thrive. 

The social economy is a people centred approach to economic development, based on principles of sustainable activity that stimulates socially and environmentally responsible growth through solidarity and social inclusion. Examples of social economy organisations include stokvels, co-operatives, social enterprises and non-profits organisations. 

After several consultation sessions in 2018, a draft Green Paper has been written which frames and makes recommendations on the following themes: 

– Support Framework – Sizing and Scoping the sector: What is the social economy, and how do we define and measure it? 

– Financial Inclusion and resourcing: How do we innovate existing mechanisms to better fund and resource the social economy? 

– Access to markets: Where are the gaps and opportunities in supply chains that can be strengthened to support the social economy? 

– Legal and regulatory: What is the best legal and regulatory environment? Do we need a legal form for social enterprises? 

– New Economies and Innovation: What can we do to position the social economy to be innovative, and respond to future needs? 

DOWNLOAD: DRAFT Green Paper 7 May 2019 with cases 3.

 

Comments on the policy can be sent to:

krige@ilo.org 

AAppolis@economic.gov.za 

SEGreenpaper@economic.gov.za 

Or WhatsAPP: 0663018278 (Kerryn Krige)

MORE INFO: https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/cooperatives/projects/WCMS_501549/lang–en/index.htm

 

DIVE 3 Social Enterprise and International Frameworks Debate

Belle and Co will be posting weekly Facebook Live Debate episodes exploring the topic of Social Enterprise from a South African perspective, as part of the EU Erasmus+ Supported Programme called “Dive 3: Zero to One > 1 to N”.

EPISODE 1: Social Enterprise as an International Framework or Global Movement, and its relationship to a South African context (released Monday 25th November).

This local series aims to create some discussion around the topic of SE in South Africa in a 5-part weekly series.

The DIVE programme has been running for 3 years together with 12 countries: Macedonia (lead country), Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and South Africa.

More information on the programme please visit the project website: http://dive.youthalliance.org.mk

Follow the debates online, Belle and Co’s Facebook @belle.co.za and posted below as they arise.

 

 

DIVE 3: ZERO to ONE is bigger than 1 to N: INTERNATIONAL SE CONFERENCE

Skopje, Macedonia

24-27 October 2019

For 3 intensive days, youth workers, social entrepreneurs and policy makers convened in Skopje, Macedonia, from 16 different countries, came together to discuss cross-sectoral collaboration in social entrepreneurship.

See conference programme here.

Belle and co.’s director, Belisa Rodrigues, was a panelist on the “Zero Poverty + Social Enterprise” session – see presentation here.

The title of the conference “DIVE 3: Zero to One > 1 to N”, refers to Peter Thiel’s premise, that doing something someone is already doing which takes us from 1 to n, is familiar. However, when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1 – this enables leaders to emerge with unique solutions and businesses to rise above competition. The DIVE 3, refers to the third edition of the EU Erasmus+ programme called “Dive into Social Entrepreneurship” started in 2017.

So the conference played around with this “zero” theme, to extend the conversation further around social innovation in a future “zero” world: zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero carbon emissions.

The conference programme was divided into morning sessions focusing on the local Macedonian context; and then the early afternoon sessions focused on international contexts; with the late afternoon/evening sessions focused on group work and policy recommendations borne out of the inspiring sessions that day.

Watch this space for the full report and outcomes of the conference.

 

 

 

Dive Deeper into SE: Youth Policy presentation in Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria: May, 2018

Belle and Co. Associate Phokeng Setai and Director Belisa Rodrigues, participated in the Dive Deeper Programme focused on Youth Policy and Social Entrepreneurship. Belle and Co. presented an overview of South African youth policy, and learnt about youth policy initiatives in 8 other countries (Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Costa Rica and Peru).

Training course focused on increasing the understanding of the participants on the importance of cooperation in youth sector and developing quality youth strategies, the participants developed their skills needed to prepare quality youth strategy, to network with various bodies representing youth, to effectively use manuals, guidelines on social entrepreneurship in youth field, to adjust tools, methods etc.

Belle and Co. participates in Creative Activism Workshop

Tshisimani Activist Centre, Mowbray, Cape Town: March 2018

We were exposed to various forms of creative and cultural activism, read case studies, had a guest speaker from SWEAT sharing live campaigns, and we formed teams to pitch our activist campaign to others.

Our project centered around “community safety and security” where we came up with an innovative idea on how to utilise public spaces (especially street corners) to claim back or occupy the streets into productive community spaces.

We called it “The Triangle Project”. See video here.

Dive Deeper into SE: Social Enterprise Legal Training in Romania

Iasi, Romania: March, 2018

Belle and Co. Associates, Sicelo Mbonani and Adelaide Cupido, represented South Africa at the Dive Deeper into Social Entrepreneurship Programme focused on Legal Forms for Social Enterprise. Belle and Co. presented a comprehensive overview of legal forms in South Africa.

“Deep gratitude for #divedeeper South African consortium project partner @Belle & Co . for generating this opportunity to share learning and connect with 9 countries, 3 Continents. Ready to come back and multiply the impact through the public sessions we discussed. Awesome connecting with Sicelo as well and looking forward to collaborating with the team on SAcan soil. #we shared #we learned #we played #we grew” – Adelaide Cupido, Belle and Co Associate.