Policy Symposium on Social Enterprise in Pakistan Challenges and Way forward
9:00:00AM to 2:00PM
Marriott Hotel Islamabad
Pakistan is currently facing a demographic youth bulge with a majority of the population under the age of 30 years. The rising underemployment and unemployment levels in the country portray a dreary picture for socio-economic engagement of the youth of Pakistan. It is imperative that the opportunity of capitalising on the potential of a large young population is not lost and that spaces are created for young people to develop their talents and ideas into something impactful.
Social enterprise and related concepts of social entrepreneurship and social innovation present an ideal opportunity for young people in Pakistan to build innovative ideas into businesses and at the same time, contribute positively to society by addressing some of the critical development challenges faced by the country.
The concept of social enterprises is gaining in popularity around the world, indeed South Asia has been a pioneer in developing the social enterprise movement. In many parts of the world including the UK, the social enterprise sector is an integral part of the economy. Developing a robust and vibrant social enterprise sector can contribute to addressing some of the most pressing development challenges whilst contributing to inclusive economic growth.
The role of government in developing an effective enabling environment for social enterprises to thrive is critical in accelerating the development of the sector. Creating an enabling environment for the development of a social enterprise sector requires policy and regulatory support. In view of the above mentioned Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and British Council aim to host dialogue which brings out key challenges faced by social enterprises in Pakistan. This dialogue will be informed by research undertaken by SDPI.
- Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute
- Jim Booth, Deputy Country Director, British Council Pakistan
Chief Guest and Chair:
- Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms
- Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute
- Ahmed Qadir, Director General, Competition Commission of Pakistan
- Saqib Siddiqui , General Manager Sector Development , Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund
- Sheharyar Tahir, Head, External Relations, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority
- Sadaf Mahmood, Enterprise Development Strategist, Seed Ventures
- Marvi Memon, Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme
- Moderator: Tristan Ace, British Council
- Dan Gregory, Head of Policy, Social Enterprise, United Kingdom
- Mohini Bhatia, Development Finance Specialist, World Bank, India
- Ehon Chan, Executive Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre
- Faheem-ul-Islam, Member Private Sector Development, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms
- Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
- Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed, Director, Social Innovations Lab
- Kamran Shams, Member Board of Directors, Akhuwat Foundation
- Mian Waqas Masud, Director, Fazal Industries, Islamabad
- Nadia Tahir, Professor, Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University