Social Entrepreneurship in the MENA


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This year, Catalysing Change Week had three key themes: Connect. We wanted to create an environment that enabled collaboration and co-creation. Celebrate. We wanted to encourage, inspire and re-energise each other as we go about our work.

Accelerate. We brought key stakeholders together to create tangible outcomes for policy making.
Our sessions were structured around these three key themes.

The overarching goal was to change mindsets of current policy makers, funders and leaders, improving understanding of the conditions that best allow social entrepreneurs and their allies to thrive. This understanding can then be translated into tangible policy recommendations and programs that can be implemented globally.

To achieve this goal, we had six key objectives for Catalysing Change Week 2021:

  • Celebrate positive systems-change models.
  • Build commitment to systems change work in policymaking.
  • Showcase practical problem-solving abilities within the network.
  • Bring the voices of unheard people to the conversation.
  • Accelerate efforts to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
  • Learn from all network members and build capacity.

The programme featured five days of online ‘Catalysing Change’ sessions. Social innovators shared their systems change work with other participants, and created partnerships across countries, regions and sectors.

Everyone was welcome to participate in Catalysing Change Week 2021. However, only Catalyst 2030 members and Catalyst 2030 Awards finalist hosted sessions. All sessions were co-created by membership. The secretariat facilitated and organised the sessions.
Find out more details in the Catalysing Change Week Overview Document.

It is our hope that the Catalysing Change Week 2021 made real and lasting impact on the social innovation ecosystem, by encouraging allies to imagine bold new ways to support social entrepreneurs.

This session seeks to understand why people don’t identify as Social Entrepreneurs, even though they meet the usual parameter. Is it a matter of definitions or personal and community perceptions? We will hear from MENA Social Entrepreneurs themselves about the challenges they face