Social enterprises trade in order to address social and environmental problems. They generate income like other businesses but re-invest profit into their social mission, creating positive social change. They create jobs, reduce inequalities and bring together the entrepreneurial skills of the private sector and the values of public service.

SES will focus on creating opportunities and enabling young people to fulfil their potential, improving their employability, resilience and networks, through mutually beneficial partnerships between Sudan and the UK. It also connects with similar initiatives in Sub Saharan Africa which support prosperous and secure futures.

SES supports the creation of a conducive environment for social enterprise to thrive in Sudan.

The programme works with:

  • government officials, policy makers and educators
  • intermediaries: support service organisations for social enterprises, including banks and other financial institutions, civil society organisations, incubators, accelerators, and business consultancies
  • social enterprise practitioners and people who lead a social enterprise or run social enterprise start-ups.

In the UK there are over 70,000 social enterprises which contribute £24 billion to the economy and over one million jobs. But they are more than just businesses: they also work in new ways to solve our most difficult social and environmental issues. We believe that social enterprise is a business movement that strengthens trust between people and builds inclusive economic growth. That is why we are committed to working globally to learn and share ideas so that social enterprises can thrive.Paula Woodman—Head of Social Enterprise, British Council.