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Change is happening every day, all around us. Every small step, action or idea takes us one step further to a more equitable, sustainable and purpose-driven world. The global movement of social entrepreneurship and innovation never stands still. Browse our latest news, heartening stories and key learnings. To reach for change.
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expertise Sweden blogpost 2023
Unique investments in social entrepreneurship in the EU and the UN - but where is Sweden?
With the EU's Social Economy Action Plan and a recently adopted UN resolution, Sweden has a chance to invest in social entrepreneurship. The opportunity is about to be missed, but there is still time to raise the issue, write our CEO Sofia Breitholtz and Jenny Carenco, partner in Utfallsfonden and board member of The Swedish National Advisory Board for Impact Investing.
Sweden change leader story 2023
Training for a more equal society
Throughout her life, our Change Leader Susan Dahlbeck experienced how local gyms in Järva outside of Stockholm were dominated by men and lacked safe places for young women. As health issues have increased in socio-economic challenged areas, she decided to start Healthy Women - a network for young women to engage in physical activities and ongoing social gatherings. We talked with her about her journey and the impact created by Healthy Women.
ghana partnering for change 2023
Global Board Visit in Ghana
In March, Global Board member Monica Lindstedt - founder of Hemfrid, and Advisory Board member David Orlic - Co-Founder & CEO of Anyone, together with our CEO Sofia Breitholtz and a business delegation from Sweden arrived in Accra, Ghana - to spend the next three days experiencing first-hand the impact created by driven social entrepreneurs, meet local partners of Reach for Change and explore the interesting city of Accra.
ghana expertise blogpost
Developing the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ghana
Our Country Manager in Ghana, Solomon Twum, reflects on how the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ghana has developed over the last decade, and shares insights on the national policy in the area, the local impact investing scene and what's needed in order to create more cross-sector collaborations for impact.
ghana news 2023 partnerships
Partnering for Change in Ghana
On Tuesday 28th March, together with the BMW Foundation, Reach for Change Ghana gathered over 75 local and international partners, social innovators, business leaders, investors, and development partners in Ghana at an exclusive “Partnering for Change” roundtable event at the Fiesta Royale Hotel, Accra.
Sweden education change leaders 2023
Inclusive environments for kids: lessons from a social entrepreneur
The close environment has a big impact on how children interpret social structures, and how they interact with each other. It’s up to us adults to create an environment that reflect that we’re all equally important. Our Change Leader Johanna Abdo, founder of the Swedish educational brand Elsa och Sam has dedicated herself to creating more inclusive environments for kids. We talked with her about her entrepreneurial journey and the products and impact she’s creating.
Attracting Impact Investors
Last month the social entrepreneurs part of the Baltic Sea Impact Network participated in an expert workshop on how to build successful relationships with investors. Check out 5 of the practical and down-to-earth suggestions on what to do first in order to gain investor’s interest and trust that emerged from the conversation.
Sweden news 2023 projects
Gathering forces for increased youth employment
In 2021 in Sweden 10.3% of youths are registered as unemployed at the employment agency. In Eskilstuna municipality the number is 13.9%. If you look at it even closer, the number goes up to 26.7% for youths born outside of Sweden. The numbers show a city where young people do not have the same opportunities to reach their full potential. The coming two years, Reach for Change together with Right By Me and the municipality of Eskilstuna, and with support of Inkludera will join forces to turn this around.
Baltics 2023 projects
Empowering Baltic social entrepreneurs
Reach for Change is a partner in the newly launched Integrated Baltic Ecosystem for Social Innovation (IBESI) - a Horizon Europe project aimed at raising awareness and facilitating access of Baltic States’ social entrepreneurs to the resources of local and pan-European innovation ecosystems.
expertise ecosystem blogpost
5 learnings from investing in social entrepreneurship
Our CEO Sofia Breitholtz reflects on the key learnings from our social entrepreneurship programs in Europe and Africa and the conversations with various stakeholders and investors which we're hosting.
Baltics news 2023
Strengthening the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Latvia
Reach for Change Latvia has been chosen by the Latvian Ministry of Welfare as one of the partners in a large-scale cycle of social entrepreneurship activities under the name "Developing social entrepreneurship together!", financed by the European Social Fund.
2022 news highlights
Highlights of 2022
As 2022 draws to a close, we reflect on a restless year. Yet, despite all the difficulties and uncertainties, we look back with hope and gratitude towards all that we have achieved together. We've gathered the most important highlights from our work during 2022 for you.
expertise 2022 Ethiopia blogpost
Creating a green and equal future through social entrepreneurship: The case of Ethiopia
As developing economies like Ethiopia face the biggest challenges in the world with youth unemployment, high levels of inequality, and are the ones feeling the impact of the changing climate the most, we asked Lemlem to reflect on how social entrepreneurship is an important tool to tackle them and to share some of the inspiring examples and lessons learned from her work.
2022 news change leaders Senegal
Supporting 5 new climate innovations in Senegal
In Senegal, we've been partnering up with Kosmos Energy since 2019 to develop the Kosmos Innovation Center with the aim to strengthen the ecosystem for social entrepreneurship. This year our focus is on supporting innovative solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation.
2022 impact story change leader story Ethiopia
Staying true to your dreams and identity against all odds
After all the challenges Hamere is now one of the most successful women in Addis Ababa, an example and inspiration for others. Hamere’s dream is to help children rediscover traditional values, bring out their talents and foster a culture of peace, tolerance, and respect.
2022 change leader story impact Bulgaria
Overcoming prejudice through family love
When Silvena Hristova and Krasimir Lambov had a daughter with Down syndrome, they were advised by their doctor, like many other parents in Bulgaria, to place the child in foster care and move on with their lives without her.