Building a Vibrant Social Enterprise Ecosystem through Partnerships
SEED Practitioner Labs Policy Prototyping works with policymakers and intermediaries over a multi-step collaborative process. Through this process, participants design policy instruments that increase access to and improve the quality of support mechanisms for socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable enterprises looking to scale their environmental, social and economic impacts.Insights from discussions at the labs in Ghana pointed to three specific topics that should feature in future ecosystem efforts: integration of social enterprises into corporate value chains, support through networking, and e-commerce arrangements to bring social enterprise products and services to markets.
Implementation of this prototype from Social Enterprise Ghana and the British Council will bring numerous benefits to achievement of Ghana’s policy goals. From an environmental perspective, increasing access to markets for social enterprises has the potential to increase the number and scale of eco-inclusive enterprises working toward innovative solutions to climate change. Encouraging the growth and development of social enterprises also generates social impacts, contributing to job creation, much of which often goes to those at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) and marginalised populations, and inclusion of women and youth. These benefits are key for “creating prosperity and equal opportunity for all” under the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies 2017-2024.