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In September 2020, Participatory Community Appraisal and Planning sessions (PCA/PCP) combined with the master-classes on sustainable technologies in agriculture were held in Koukoni settlement of Samarkand Region and Noukous city of the Republic of Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan).


In October 2020, seminars on green technologies and needs’ assessment of the local communities in the context of climate change took place in the Kanimekh district of the Navoi region, the Chimion settlement of the Fergana region as well as in the Korasokol village of the Yazavan region of Uzbekistan. During the trainings, the participants representing various CSOs, local business, and farmers, and makhalla members discussed solar parabolic kitchen technologies and autonomous water supply. They expressed a desire to create a separate network for the dissemination of affordable green technologies with the participation of all stakeholders from the region.


Shunned by many native Belarusians as the language of peasants, the Belarusian language nevertheless always had many ardent champions. The Belarusian language is for them at the very root of their native culture, and some of the country’s greatest writers wrote their best work in Belarusian. Partly as a result, their work remained little known outside – until legendary translator Vera Rich began her work.


A couple of weeks ago a group of Belarusian activists released a free mobile app (at the moment for Android only)— CarbonFreeTravel. The app helps to offset the user’s carbon footprint after a trip by plane or a by a car. Three years ago the team took part in the Biz4all Social Entrepreneurship School with this idea. Using the support they received for their project, the team managed to launch the app after the school.


We continue our series of articles on social entrepreneurship. What are the appropriate terms? Which criteria make the enterprise a social one? Social entrepreneurship in Belarus, the region and the world: cases, interview, analytical data. Today’s article is about the social impact, which is something social entrepreneurs put before profits, and about ways it can be measured. However, first we will try to understand who these social entrepreneurs are and what makes them different from other businessmen?


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