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SEMD Programme to Support Immigrant Entrepreneurs in 3 MENA Countries

SEMD has partnered with a number of local social entrepreneurship support systems including ACTED in Jordan, Alfanar in Egypt, and Changelabs in Lebanon.

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The integration of migrants and refugees into their local communities not only strengthens the entrepreneurial ecosystem but also contributes greatly to the diversity of art, culture and food both on the national and international level. 

A new campaign entitled ‘Social Entrepreneurship for Migration and Development (SEMD) recognises the untapped potential of migrants and is working to uplift local social entrepreneurs across Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan that support initiatives with a direct impact on refugees and migrants in the three countries. 

Under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)-funded regional program ‘Decent Work in the Middle East’, SEMD has partnered with a number of local social entrepreneurship support systems including ACTED in Jordan, Alfanar in Egypt, and Changelabs in Lebanon with the support of Beyond Group to tackle some of the region’s most pressing migration and development challenges.

The project will kick off with a handful of networking events to enhance the coordination and knowledge exchange within the social entrepreneurship ecosystem. Experts from across the globe will offer their expertise to support enterprises, increase their social impact capacities, enhance their business models and scale their operations.

@SwissDevCoop & @bassitadogood will be highlighting the inspirational success stories of those who enacted real change and motivated a new generation of regional social entrepreneurs over the next four weeks on their Instagram pages.