Call to recognise social entrepreneurship

KATHMANDU: The first ever International Social Entrepreneurship Conference being organised in the Capital by King's College has urged the government to recognise social enterprises as a separate entity.

More than 30 organisations and delegates from Nepal, UK, Sweden, India and Singapore participated in the conference that began on Thursday with the theme “Rebuilding Nepal through Social Entrepreneurship” arguing that the social sector was "an essential route to re-build Nepal today after the crises of the last one year."

Differentiating business entrepreneurship from social and citizen entrepreneurship, the conference underlined importance of the sector for overall development of every sector, rather than one.

A total of 30 business practitioners showcased their services and explained the state and profile of social enterprises and social entrepreneurship in the country, according to a statement issued by the organisers.

The event being organised by the College’s research wing was supported by Social Enterprise Activation Centre (Korea), Korean International Cooperation Agency and Work Together Foundation.

The two-day conference would aim to provide a platform to individual, governmental and non-governmental organisations to discuss the situation, challenges and advancements of the reconstruction works, according to the statement.