We Need Social Entrepreneurs Now More Than Ever.
COVID-19 has exposed the deeply rooted inequities of our systems. In those areas that were hardest hit, hardly any family or community has not been directly affected by COVID-19, losing their lives or loved ones, being pushed out of education, or being unable to protect their jobs and livelihoods. The year ahead unfortunately will not be any different. With the World Economic Forum's Global Risk Report 2021 predicting that vaccines may not reach the global south before 2022 or even 2023, the dark reality is that the most vulnerable among us, especially in emerging and developing countries, remain most at risk.
For decades, social entrepreneurs have been a lifeline for vulnerable populations across the world. During the pandemic they have stepped up as never before to act as first responders to the crisis: Protecting livelihoods, improving access to health, sanitation, or educations. We need these entrepreneurs now more than ever to provide the life lines that are so critically needed and to carve out our collective path to a sustainable, inclusive recovery and #greatreset. We need them now more than ever.
The outbreak of COVID-19, and the subsequent lockdown restrictions imposed, have resulted in significant alterations to the livelihoods of Africa's most vulnerable people. We can only reach the other side of this crisis if we collaborate, and take on this fight together.
- Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Founder and CEO, Motsepe Foundation
Example Action Project: Surfacing 'Corporate Ready Ventures'
Alliance members Acumen, Euclid Network, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, and Yunus Social Business will coordinate an effort to collectively surface “corporate-ready” social entrepreneurs across the Alliance community who, as they recover from the pandemic and rebuild their businesses, will be able to supply or serve large corporations. Their goal: Provide inclusive, social procurement options to these corporations, many of whom are on their own paths towards social and environmental sustainability.