This year's Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF 2019) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 23-25th October 2019.

This Global Forum was first established in 2008 and has traversed the globe, visiting 6 continents (Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America and South America) and 10 Cities (Edinburgh, Melbourne, San Francisco, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Calgary, Seoul, Milan, Hong Kong and Christchurch).

SEWF CIC is delighted to award the event to Ethiopia, the first time the global forum will be held in an emerging market economy. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital in the highlands, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub. It is also regarded as the ‘political capital of Africa’ with the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) being headquartered there.

Hosted in the United Nations Conference Centre, the event will attract 1,200 delegates with participants already confirmed to attend from 35 Countries including Argentina, Columbia, Canada, Senegal, Rwanda, Sweden, Scotland, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Gerry Higgins, SEWF Managing director said, “I have been enormously impressed with the quality of the social enterprises I have engaged with in Ethiopia. The innovation and accomplishment is truly astounding and on par with the best examples anywhere in the world. We have much to learn about creating impact and being sustainable when resources are scarce and support systems aren’t well developed. I’m certain that this forum will have something from everybody, from those starting on their social enterprise journeys in emerging economies to established social enterprises in developed countries with long standing ecosystems.”

Delegates will experience Ethiopia’s 3,000-year-old traditions, such as Equb (traditional forms of saving) and Iddir (traditional forms of insurance), which work on the principle of social enterprise. SEWF 2019 will showcase these examples through the forum, pre-forum social enterprise study visits within the capital and a post-forum rural study visit.

Those spending more time in the capital can also explore the National Museum, which exhibits Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils, including replicas of the famous early hominid, "Lucy.; while the more adventurous may wish to travel further afield to explore Ethiopia’s 9 World Heritage sites.

To find out more and book your tickets for the event, visit www.sewf2019.org

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