«Female entrepreneurship with a social focus» is the first programme in Belarus developed to teach women about the basics of managing a socially-oriented business. The programme brought together 40 women aged from 18 to 45 who wanted to create a socially-oriented enterprise or had already launched their social business.

Estonia has no separate law on social entrepreneurship, but the sector has been actively developing for several decades. ODB spoke with an Estonian expert on the development of such enterprises in Estonia, support measures from the state and business, as well as future expectations.

At the end of the year It is traditional to look back on one’s achievements, and we decided to take stop of our work in 2018. We organized about 80 events: seminars, round tables, forums and trainings, expert meetings and working groups. We are grateful to our colleagues, partners and experts for being with us throughout all that time. It is a great pleasure for us to work with you, and we look forward to new successful, interesting and useful cooperation in 2019.

On August 25, Minsk celebrated Red Nose Day for the second time, joining the global movement to commemorate the professional day of hospital clowns. In the Belarusian capital, the event was co-organized by the Funny Nose team, which took part in the Biz4all-2 social entrepreneurship training programme. Hospital clown Pavel Timoshuk explains: “In world practice, the celebrations are organized in urban areas in late May, but we decided to do it late summer, focusing on children who need the attention more than others

On August 18, Dymki creative space in the village of Mikhalova (Lahoisk district) hosted the Big Family Art Picnic. Hanna and Andrei Verbitsky, who took part in Biz4all-2 social entrepreneurship training programme, discuss why it is necessary to have a tight-knit local community and how locals can work together to build new values.


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