Eptisa participates in a new project to foster social entrepreneurship in Macedonia

The objective of this project is to improve the inclusiveness of the labour market by creating new job opportunities through stimulation of social economic initiatives

July 22 2016

After the success story of Eptisa in Republic of Macedonia, particularly in the social sector, with the contract awarded “Local Integration of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Minority Groups” towards the end of 2015, in April we were awarded another EU-IPA funded project titled “Fostering Social Entrepreneurship”.

The overall objective of this project is to improve the inclusiveness of the labour market by creating new job opportunities through stimulation of social economic initiatives.

With the support of the companies ÖSB Consulting and Expertise France, Eptisa has extended its presence in the field of sustainable employment, with focus on social economic initiatives, by implementing this contract during the coming 18 months, which is aimed to help develop social entrepreneurship in the country by implementing the right ecosystem for social entrepreneurship and fostering already established social businesses by providing to them corporate-support services.

The project will also aim to achieve the EU objective "Support the development of social enterprises, by facilitating access to finance" of the "EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation”. The project will be consisted of two components, one related to strengthening capacity for implementation of social entrepreneurship legislation and the other related to providing concrete support to existing social enterprises in the country.

A specific set of activities will be devoted to completing the legal framework and structuring of the social entrepreneurship sector, including:

  • Supporting Macedonia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) in developing a set of policy measures for promoting and providing support to social enterprises;
  • Preparing proposals for reforming and/or further improving the legislation for social entrepreneurship;
  • Preparing training plan and conducting coaching of the relevant staff in MLSP regarding their role in implementing the social entrepreneurship regulation and monitoring the fulfilment of the legal requirements in line with that regulation;
  • Assisting public and private institutions in development and implementation of a suitable financial instrument(s) for financing creation, growth and survival of social enterprise;
  • Identifying 10 interested organisations which operate as social enterprises and assisting them in development of strategy for the next 2 years following the project's end.

The project should also support existing 10 initiatives, which operate de facto as social enterprises, to achieve better competitiveness.


 
 Eptisa participates in a new project to foster social entrepreneurship in Macedonia