Global Social Enterprise Workshop at FPA Sri Lanka
The fourth and final week of the Global Social Enterprise Internship organized by IPPF's Social Enterprise Hub (#SEHub) took place from 4th November to 8th November at FPA Sri Lanka and concluded with an action-packed set of final days.
During the closing week, the Delegates were taken through the remaining important topics and the emphasis was more on them translating the #knowledge gained via case-study activities, discussions and drafting and presenting of their individual #BusinessPlans. The final day was dedicated to focusing on the actions to be followed by the Delegates on return to the MA and how the SE Hub can support them to progress ahead. There was also a touch of emotion and candid feedback exchanged as the Delegates spoke of their experience across the 4 weeks and how they look forward to being 'Agents of Change' on the topic of Enterprise Development.
In addition to the knowledge gathered by the Delegates, the exposure of organizing and co-ordinating such a comprehensive Workshop has been a learning experience for the SE Hub. Optimism of facilitating similar capacity building workshops in the future has given us much confidence and impetus.
Below is a cross section of the photos from the final week which covered the below thematic sessions and actions:
Business Appraisal/Financial analysis
Experience share - Launching a new product
Exposure of attending a National Council - Board meeting
Discussion of business ideas
Individual Business Plan presentations by the Delegates
Learning log and actions for the future
Post-evaluation knowledge check and workshop feedback
Handing of participation certificates and appreciation letters
Farewell and closing exchanges.
...there was even a surprise birthday celebration organised!
Excerpts from participants on their workshop experience:
Aster, (FPAI, India) - "The training has been thought through and planned well by the SE Hub. The sessions have been interactive and knowledge-wise helpful. The environment created put the Participants at ease to network with one another and also ask any queries or to make a point. I was particularly able to pick up on how to plan and launch a new business model and even identify some of the short-comings in our market research on our ongoing social enterprise project"
Tamoa, (KFHA, Kiribati) - "The trainers and facilitators were skilled, capable and equipped to handle their respective topics. Rishi, Manjula and the FPASL Team have been excellent hosts and have gone the extra mile in ensuring that our 4 week stay was efficiently handled. While most sessions were useful, I was intrigued by the business planning session as I previously thought a Business Plan was only related to financial planning. However, I realised the importance of the non-financial elements during my involvement in this Workshop. "
Mabel, (PPAG, Ghana) - "The Internship has improved my knowledge in running a social enterprise. Also, it has boosted my confidence in applying the various learning to the existing business models at my MA. During the last few weeks I have learnt the importance of readiness assessment and how to conduct good market research. Through the department visits, I picked up on the different income generating models - especially the model that the social marketing unit follows, which can be replicated in the MA"
Renata, (GRPA, Guayana) - "The content has been varied enough to retain interest and also enough time to integrate the business concepts. The addition of guests speakers was a nice touch as it gave a perspective to other types of enterprise models and experiences. Getting to know FPA Sri Lanka’s operations – particularly Finance and Governance and the exposure to the internal functions of the social marketing unit are some of the key learnings."
Venance, (UMATI, Tanzania) - "The workshop has been highly helpful and insightful. With proper preparation and application of the pre-course work - it helps the participants to use the collected information to test out tools, methodologies and our general understanding. The topic on 'How to effectively do market research and analysis' was particularly an eye-opener."