Last Update 22:17
Friday, 15 November 2019

British Council completes social enterprise training with 8 ministries, 4 institutes, 3 universities

The British Council programme focuses on fostering links between government, civil society and business, to help create opportunity and spur development

Ahram Online , Wednesday 7 Aug 2019
Views: 1285
Views: 1285

Within one year of launching the Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies Programme in five countries worldwide, the British Council secured partnerships with four ministries and government institutions, and completed social enterprise government training at eight ministries, four national institutes and three universities in Egypt.

Almost 250 key stakeholders from different government agencies attended the programme’s information sessions or engaged in focused training workshops.

Among the key government partners of the programme are the Ministry of Trade and Industry, represented by the Industrial Modernisation Centre, Creative Egypt programme; the Federation of Egyptian Industries; the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies; and the Export Development Authority and Chamber of Handicrafts.

The objective is to establish new — or develop existing — creative hubs and incubators focused on creative and social enterprise, through training and capacity building, with the purpose of creating jobs and fostering social entrepreneurship that contributes to the community and protection of the environment.

The partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry will drive capacity building for Creative Egypt, to help local artisans expand in local markets or access export opportunities.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies will develop the National Academy for Disabilities Technologies through the programme, as part of its objective to create job opportunities for people with special needs through creative enterprise. In addition, the partnership will transfer know-how for the development of assistive technologies.

"The programme comes as part of our continuous work to build cultural bridges between Egypt and the UK, and share our experience with creative enterprise, which contributes today over £100 billion to the UK economy,” Elizabeth White, director of the British Council in Egypt, said.

"We want to help policymakers in Egypt foster and encourage creative and social enterprise, which has the power to grow the size and resilience of the local economy,” she added.

The project aims to bring together government, academia, civil society and businesses to work on developing creative ventures, to help mitigate poverty, inequality and joblessness among young people, promote women’s empowerment, and support marginalised groups.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.