The Trickle Out Research project is busy compiling a Directory of 19 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, specifically: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
The need arises from only a small footprint of Microfinance in the region, and what NextBillion determines as the prime Socent focus in the Global South being trained on India.
The purpose: (From the Trickle Out website):
The primary objectives of this study are to: (a) identify examples of social and environmental enterprises in the Southern Africa Development and Eastern Africa Community; and (b) to explore and evaluate the role that these enterprises may play as a mechanism to ‘trickle out’ social, environmental and economic benefits to community groups economically considered to be at the ‘base/bottom of the pyramid’ (BoP).
Per NextBillion, the name is “Trickle Out
as they expect social impact to rather “trickle out” from the projects and businesses into the larger community. This is a double-counterpoint – first to those who expect economic benefits to “trickle down” from big investments, export-processing zones and high-growth areas. And second, from those that expect social innovators to deliver sweeping changes across continents in years or even months – while small, accumulating changes might not only be more realistic, but also more beneficial as communities can slowly adapt.
The Trickle Out team is a team of researchers based at Queen’s University Belfast Management school, funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The website also has links to additional resources, websites and research relating to social and environmental enterprise and to Reports, Presentations and Abstracts on the Region.
Trickle Out is not only on the web, they are in the field carrying out various studies, and gathering data for a comprehensive overview of the impact of social and environmental enterprises in the Region.
How to Register (From the Trickle Out website w/ active links below):
You can now register for the Trickle Out Directory of Social and Environmental Enterprises and Support Organizations. Click on the following links to be sent to a secure Trickle Out registration page. You have four different registration options:
▪ If you are a single entrepreneur providing environmental goods and/or services working just for yourself then please register here
▪ If you represent a social or environmental enterprise, or an NGO involved in enterprise activities please register here
▪ If you represent a co-operative or membership association helping social or environmental enterprises to trade please register here
▪ If you represent a donor/aid agency or support organization helping social or environmental enterprises please register here
Find out more on their website @: http://trickleout.net/
You can visit them on FB @: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Trickle-Out-Project/165319916865023
Additional info from NextBillion Blog @: http://www.nextbillion.net/blog/2011/09/29/calling-africas-social-entrepreneurs?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NextBillion%2Fblog+%28NextBillion.net+-+Development+Through+Enterprise%29