STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT (CSO-SEED)
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CSO-SEED aims to improve civil society participation in policy reforms to develop an environment conducive to decent work, job creation and SME development. The project will realise this goal by using social enterprise as a development pathway.
CSO-SEED will be implemented for three years and will cover the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM, along with other Bangsamoro areas in Mindanao. These are areas affected by conflict and underdevelopment for over four decades.
This project is through a consortium of Balay Mindanaw, the Foundation for a Sustainable Society, PhilSEN, the British Council and co-funded by the European Union. CSO–SEED aims to build a stronger SME sector through the promotion of social enterprise, considered a sub-category of SME. The focus on social enterprise development will in turn deliver an innovative approach to the areas of decent work and job creation.
The approach offers a sustainable and empowering way to support inclusive economic development, reducing barriers to economic security, particularly for vulnerable groups.
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CSO–SEED will mobilise the project through a consortium with Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (BMFI), the Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. (FSSI), the Philippine Social Enterprise Network (PhilSEN) and the British Council. The consortium will closely work with the Department of Trade and Industry in the ARMM in the implementation of the project, focusing on three interlinked components:
1. Coalition Building and Policy Engagement Recognising the role of social enterprises in the development of an inclusive SME sector to offer decent work to a large number of people, this component aims to establish an enabling environment for social enterprises to flourish. CSO–SEED will accomplish this by identifying 20 advocacy-oriented CSOs in the trade and labour industry, and provide them with skills, knowledge and networks to support this agenda. Also a part of the project engagement, CSO-SEED will conduct four local and one national policy dialogues.
2. Capacity Building for Social Enterprise Support Services Our consortium will create a movement by assisting social enterprise leaders, capacity building CSOs, social enterprise interest groups and intermediaries, government agencies, financial institutions and private/business by enhancing their capacity to tackle issues around decent work, job creation and SME development. This will be done through a bespoke leadership programme (for individuals) called Active Citizens and a business and investment readiness programme (for organisations).
3. Small-Scale Support Services (SEED FUND) To ensure CSOs are empowered and own the delivery of the project, a grant process will be implemented to support components 1 and 2. The first element of the SEED fund focuses on advocacy, awareness raising and strategic partnerships. The second element of the SEED fund is on business and investment readiness designed to strengthen intermediaries and business support CSOs to deliver support to social enterprises to grow and scale their impact.
The results from all the project components will contribute to an enhanced understanding of the social enterprise landscape in Mindanao, especially in the ARMM area, and contribute to the agenda on decent work, job creation and SME development in the Philippines. Lessons learnt and best practices will be shared in support of building viable social enterprises that resolve current challenges such as unemployment and income inequalities. CSO–SEED is pioneering in its approach; milestones will also provide building blocks for future undertakings in similar contexts.
1.33 MILLION EUROS OR 68 MILLION PESOS FUNDING
300 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LEADERS
60 SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
20 ADVOCACY-ORIENTED CSOS
10 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INTERMEDIARIES
20,000 INDIRECT BENEFICIARIES OF THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
START-UP REHABILITATION FUND FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY (SURFER)
Through SURFER, PHILSEN aspires to contribute and assist in rebuilding and restoring the vibrancy of the economic landscape and resuscitate the fractured lives and economies in the communities, villages and barrios of areas/provinces devastated by Haiyan. Specifically, the project aims to --
1. Give the Haiyan survivors access to financial resources for the rehabilitation of the community livelihood enterprises in the form of soft loans;
2. Capacitate and improve their skills in DRRM, sustainable livelihood and social entrepreneurship, etc.; and,
3. Link them to profitable markets and competitive value chains towards achieving the triple bottomlines of social enterprise of “doing good, doing right, doing well”.
1. Ormoc Organic Farmers Association (ORFASI) with the Philippine Network of Rural Development and Democratization (PHILNET-RDD)
- Currently with 150 members in 3 barangays with the possible expansion to 650 total farmers in 13 barangays in Ormoc City
- Organic rice production
2. Sinirangan Coffee Producers Association (SICOPA) with the Philippine Coffee Alliance (PCA)
- 187 members (67 men, 120 women) in General McArthur, Quinapondan, Giporlos and Llorente in Eastern Samar
- Engaged in marketing outlets cum coffee kiosks in strategic locations in the 4 towns
3. Mahawak Fisherfolk Association (MFA) with Bag-ong Sugbu Foundation
- 58 members (all men) in Medellin, Northern Cebu
- Engaged in dried fish processing and marketing
4. Tolosa Organic Farmers Association (TOFA) with Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT)
- 86 members in Tolosa, Leyte
- Production and marketing of organic agricultural products and a food house
5. Tabgas Women’s Association (TAWA) with Balay Mindanaw Foundation/ Katilingbanong Pamahandi sa Mindanaw Foundation (KPMFI)
- 240 members (all women) in Barangay Tabgas, Albuera, Leyte
- Engaged in retail of meat through a meatshop and now adding grocery items and other agricultural products
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