To grow social entrepreneurship in the Baltic region and to strengthen the role of municipalities supporting social entrepreneurship initiatives, SE Forum is collaborating with partners from Latvia and Belarus to explore the field and share learnings from our different parts of the Baltic region.

Municipalities can play an important role as partners and supporters to social entrepreneurs, helping them function and grow. The aim with this international collaboration is therefore to look further at the role municipalities can play in order to identify common issues and opportunities, offering learnings and tips to succeed.

A Stockholm study trip

We had the pleasure of hosting delegations from both Belarus and Latvia in September, giving us all the opportunity to discuss how municipalities and social entrepreneurs can work together. Our guests were from ministry offices and municipalities as well as social entrepreneurship support organizations – each with different insights and challenges. We spent two days in Stockholm where we met and discussed with representatives from Vinnova, Inkludera Invest, Stockholm Stad and Botkyrka Kommun as well as SKL.

A highlight for many was visiting social enterprise Basta!, exploring innovative solutions to drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation. As part of this project we’ve also had the opportunity to meet with Swedish social enterprise Ung Omsorg, working to offer young people work experience in care homes for older people. Both organizations are fascinating examples of great partnerships between municipalities and social enterprises and we will share further learnings from them and all our visits during the winter here on our website and through our social channels.

 

 

 

This activity has been produced with the financial support from the Nordic Council of Ministers. The content of this activity is the sole responsibility of the partner organizations of this project and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Nordic Council of Ministers.