Tuesday 5th May marks the third visit to Africa, by Social Enterprise Africa's Ben Parkinson, joint managing director and enthusiastic international development social entrepreneur. This time the visit is to East Africa and the aim is to support the sustainability of as many high quality African NGOs and CBOs, through advice and support with fundraising and strategy.
SEA is also about bringing innovation and technology and Ben hopes to formally launch the Butterfly Project, a unique project and methodology designed to find and nurture the potential social entrepreneurs of the future. Initially linking with a Kampala Football Club, SEA plans to set up an indigenously run CBO to fully test out the Butterfly concept in an urban area of Africa. You can see some photographs from the Nigerian pilot at http://www.nfiafrica.org/butterfly.html, plus some details of what constituted its success.
Although it is hoped to keep this blog regularly updated, you should also be able to see information at http://www.twitter.com/socentsolutions.
Later on, Ben will be visiting rural areas, with a view to instigating a sister project for Butterfly, in a more remote environment, but also to look for opportunities to market goods produced in remote rural areas nationally or internationally.
On this trip, Ben travels with Ceris Dien, representing Kushinda!, a project set up to provide a market for African arts in Europe. As a result the itinerary includes a wonderful Kenyan theatre NGO and a number of individual talented artists. You can see a little more of Ceris' work at http://www.kushinda.org.
In Kenya we are also visiting Kickstart International, a US charity based in Nairobi, which has developed technology specific to the needs of rural-dwellers. SEA is championing their Super Moneymaker waterpump, as a means to increase yields or reduce workloads of rural farmers. More info at http://www.kickstart.org.
Future plans include West Africa later this year, where SEA's joint MD, Celestine Iro is already setting up a rural development project to create an African brand for rural agricultural produce in Nigeria. Watch this space for more information from Cel!
Enough for now - packing still needs to be done!