The British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme draws on the UK experience in social enterprise to promote its growth around the world. We build capacity in the sector, forge international networks, and support policy leaders to create ecosystems in which social enterprise and social investment can thrive. Our work supports positive social change, inclusive growth and sustainable development while building trust and creating opportunities between the UK and other countries.
Currently running in 31 countries and on four continents, the programme: provides aspiring and existing social enterprises with skills training, consultancy, mentoring and access to funding; disseminates best UK and global practice to support policy leaders to create enabling ecosystems for social enterprise and investment; supports education institutions to embed social enterprise, exchange best practice, and deliver joint research on social enterprise; facilitates the use of social enterprise approaches in international development programmes; commissions research and organises high profile events that foster social enterprise and social investment, and; builds international networks linking social entrepreneurs, intermediary organisations and social investors.
About the COOPower Project
COOPower is a project aimed at tackling youth unemployment, a global problem worsened by the financial crisis and with a significant impact on young people across Europe. COOPower will provide practical support to young people by demonstrating the value of social enterprises and cooperatives as viable career pathways. The project will be implemented in Cyprus, Greece and Croatia by a consortium led by the British Council office in Cyprus, in collaboration with the General Secretariat for Professional Training and Lifelong Learning of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and the Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka in Croatia.
COOPower is also supported by the Youth Board of Cyprus, the Hellenic Manpower Employment Organisation and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia.
The project is co-funded by the European Union.