British Council Bangladesh is arranging another two-day Policy Dialogue on 'Social Enterprise: Impact and Opportunities' in Dhaka on 24-25 February 2016 at the British Council, 5 Fuller Road, Dhaka.

British Council Bangladesh to host two-day Policy Dialogue on 'Social Enterprise: Impact and Opportunities'

Social enterprises are businesses that tackle social and environmental problems. In doing so, they are improving people’s lives in our communities and societies. Following the success of the policy discussion in last February 2015 which created a lot of enthusiasm among the social entrepreneurs, policy makers and academia, the British Council Bangladesh is arranging another two-day Policy Dialogue on 'Social Enterprise: Impact and Opportunities' in Dhaka on 24-25 February 2016 at the British Council, 5 Fuller Road, Dhaka to take the discussion forward. Social entrepreneurs, development sector leaders, impact investors, senior policy influencers from across South and East Asia and the UK will come together in Dhaka for a two day policy dialogue to participate in discussion on Bangladesh context and share and learn from experiences, identifying opportunities and learn from the impact they are creating to change the lives of the people in the communities through the social enterprises from the countries in the regions

The event will bring together 100 policy experts and social enterprise and social investment intermediaries and practitioners from Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the UK, including from organisations such as Social Enterprise UK, BRAC and World Bank. This event aims to focus on what are the impact and opportunities that Social Enterprise sector offers gathering experience from other countries and develop a comprehensive set of policy recommendations for the government to support the sector’s rapid growth.

The Policy Dialogue will be an opportunity to contribute to the development of a Social Enterprise policy framework in Bangladesh. It will consider the contexts (economic, cultural, political) that have supported the development of the Social Enterprise sector in the countries in East and South Asia and in the UK in recent years, creating an excellent platform for exchanging views and experiences, sharing  best practices in social enterprise, and exploring their adaptation in Bangladesh. Additionally, the Policy Dialogue will continue the development of a network of policy influencers, social entrepreneurs, academia and private sector enterprise specialists in East Asia, South Asia and the UK.

The event is taking place at a pivotal moment for Bangladesh. Today there is a small but vibrant social enterprise movement in Dhaka and a relatively large amount of social enterprise activity across the country. Bangladesh is set to reach middle income country status by 2021, which both means that there is a growth in entrepreneurial activity but also that some big donors may reprioritize towards least developed and developing countries. To date, government has not actively engaged with the social enterprise ecosystem and there are no specific policy frameworks or legal form for social enterprise in Bangladesh. As a result, social entrepreneurs lack easy access to judicial advice, intellectual property protection, and bankruptcy laws as well as access to finance and other relevant ingredients in the eco system.

The two day long Policy Dialogue will host 8 sessions on Health, Agriculture, Creative Industry, Technology, Impact Measurement and Communication participated by national and international experts on Social Enterprise.

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