BEIRUT - November 18, 2016 – Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon and its partners launched the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping for Lebanon.
DOT Lebanon in Partnership with UNESCO, Berytech, MakeSense, Tahaki Portal & Lebanese League for Women in Business launched an exercise to map the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Lebanon. The event took place on November 18, 2016 at Berytech Mathaf during the Global Entrepreneurship Week - GEW event.
The initiative’s aimed to:
- Support social businesses and the start-up ecosystem, particularly those outside the capital.
- Map the local social entrepreneurship ecosystem in order develop the system nationwide and encourage start-up businesses to have a social impact as well as making a profit.
As a first step of implementing future programs in Lebanon; there was a need to understand better the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. To identify those ecosystem players, a mapping exercise was conducted by DOT Lebanon and its Partners to learn about the existing and potential stakeholders that can contribute to the Social Entrepreneur journey in Lebanon.
The areas that were part of this ecosystem mapping were Akkar and North, Bekaa, South and Nabatiyeh, Beirut and Mount Lebanon.
The agenda included brief introductions about the partners, a presentation of Tahaki Map and an executive summary of the work done by all the partners in besides the key achievements. The launching was followed by a Q&A session and a cocktail reception.
The launching event of the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping gathered 57 participants from different organizations, ranging from NGOs, INGOs, Social Enterprises to support entities and individual entrepreneurs coming from different areas in Lebanon.
- Al Akhbar: http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/268323
- L’Orient leJour: http://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1019240/lancement-dune-cartographie-de-lentrepreneuriat-social-au-liban.html
- Commerce du Levant : http://www.lecommercedulevant.com/node/26811
- PowerFm: http://powerfmlebanon.com/shows.php
Marianne Bitar Karam: email@example.com
MENA Regional Lead and Country Director, DOT Lebanon
About Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon: http://lebanon.dotrust.org/
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon is a non-profit organization that has been working with marginalized communities in Lebanon since it first introduced its ReachUp! program in partnership with Cisco Systems. The success of this pilot project allowed DOT Lebanon to expand, introducing new programs as a result of support from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD, formerly CIDA). Since 2013, DOT Lebanon has been working with World Learning as part of a USAID funded education project, “D-RASATI II,” which helps integrate ICT training into 126 public schools in the country. In 2016 DOT Lebanon was Co Leading a project “The ICT in education-No Lost Generation: No Syrian child is left behind” to provide digital literacy training to 10 education caregivers from World Vision Lebanon. In addition, DOT Lebanon is providing an intensive In-service ICT Training for Teaching and Learning on TeachUp! curriculum to train teachers in the Zahle and Mtein schools with A World At School. Recently, DOT Lebanon is providing a workshop on developing the digital skills for around 80 teachers in the Bekaa Area with Social Support Society and Thaki.
About UNESCO: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/beirut/home/
The mission of UNESCO Beirut is to contribute to sustainable human development in a culture of peace underpinned by tolerance, democracy and human rights through programs and projects in UNESCO's fields of competence: Education, the Natural & Social Sciences, Culture and Communication & Information.
Since the beginning of 2002, the UNESCO Office in Beirut has assumed two new roles within a global network of offices and bureaus:
- Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States
- Cluster Office for Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories in the Middle East Cluster
As a Regional Bureau, the Beirut Office is a center of expertise in the field of Education for the Arab world. In carrying out this mission, the UNESCO Beirut Cluster Office , serves twenty-two Arab countries in the region in the field of Education. Despite their common language and culture, Arab countries enjoy cultural variations and different national and sub-regional priorities and concerns which UNESCO takes into account when fulfilling its mandate.
As a Cluster Office, its role is to implement UNESCO’s Biennial Program by adapting the implementation of programs in its fields of competence to the specific characteristics of the region and working to ensure an active presence in each Member State. The office is responsible for providing assistance both upstream and downstream through planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities.
About Berytech: http://berytech.org/
Berytech a leading organization in the Entrepreneurial Eco-system in Lebanon, has 3 Business Development & Innovation Centers, 3 Funds, and Several Programs. It includes a number of legal structures supporting start-ups and SMEs in the Knowledge economy. Berytech provides a conducive environment for the creation and development of startups, through incubation, business support, counseling, funding, networking and company hosting, hence taking part in the economic revival of the country, participating in wealth and job creation, and retaining graduates and hi-level skills in Lebanon. Throughout the years, it has been a model in governance and has always championed best practice
About MakeSense: http://www.makesense.org/
Makesense empower people to engage in projects and challenges that help social entrepreneurs. By solving multiple concrete challenges, they contribute to solutions for some of the biggest problems faced by our society. They turn social engagement into an easy, fun and efficient learning experience, accessible to absolutely everyone at a global scale. Thus, making it possible for individuals all over the world with different backgrounds to act at a local level for a global mission
About Tahaki: http://tahaki.com/
Tahaki is a social platform that enables activists and civil society organizations across MENA to use location in overcoming barriers and maximizing impact of theirs local civic efforts
About Lebanese League for Women in Business: www.llwb.org
The Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB) founded in 2006 out of belief in women empowerment. Since then, and for more than 10 years, we have provided capacity building, networking opportunities, and access to funding and career guidance for more than 180 women across Lebanon.
As a socio-economic, apolitical and non-religious association, LLWB is a strong upholder of an all-inclusive, non-discriminatory, and equal opportunities policy where all of the women who benefit from our services are selected solely based on their merit and professional promise. We are driven by our mission to encourage women to take the lead and succeed, and continuously strive to make this possible through a diverse program of capacity building courses, knowledge sharing seminars and professional training workshops.
We are proud of what we have managed to do till now, we at LLWB are never content to settle for the achievements of the past. Our vision for 2017, beyond the further development of all our existing initiatives, is to help have more International award winners, as well as participate and affect the active citizenship impact among a variety of local Lebanese initiatives.