COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs

Alliance members are joining forces to support an inclusive and sustainable recovery. Whether you are a support organization working with entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, funders, government institutions, media agency event organizers, or researchers — we invite you to join us in action in support of social entrepreneurs.

For decades, social entrepreneurs have reached and helped vulnerable populations and have served as the guardians of people and the planet. Our COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda seeks to mobilize the recognition, resources, and actions required for social entrepreneurs to play their part. We suggest five concrete actions that each sector actor can take to help give social entrepreneurs the support they need right now and to help ensure they play a role in driving a sustainable, inclusive recovery.

Learn more about our Action Agenda →

Social entrepreneurs play a critical role in serving the most marginalized members of our global society. Their work has never been more important as we respond to COVID-19. We call on leaders across the public, private, and social sectors to invest in these first responders now.

—— Dr. Raj Panjabi, Founder & CEO Last Mile Health

1 |Supporting Intermediaries

We call on supporting intermediaries to provide fitting support to social entrepreneurs and the communities they serve & surface the needs and priorities of social entrepreneurs on the ground

1 - Be customer & community-driven
2 - Lean in & adjust
3 - Share insights & best practices
4 - Establish smart partnerships
5 - Take an ecosystem approach

2 | (Impact) Investors

We call on Impact Investors to adapt their investment priorities & provide flexible capital and must-have technical assistance:

1 - Revisit processes and terms
2 - Be a conduit to grant capital
3 - Expand technical assistance
4 - Collaborate & co-invest
5 - Plan for the long term

3 | Corporations

We call on Corporations to stand with social entrepreneurs within their supply chains and the broader ecosystem, fulfill their agreements and extend their support to build a more inclusive & resilient economy:

1- Honour existing relationships
2 - Forge new partnerships
3 - Facilitate capital connections
4 - Invest in capacity building
5 - Deepen & widen your footprint

4 | Funders and Philanthropists

We call on Funders and Philanthropists to expand and expedite their support to social entrepreneurs as well as intermediaries, taking risks reflective of today's unprecedented times:

1 - Expand your support
2 - Expedite your support
3 - Take greater risks
4 - Collaborate & blend
5 - Innovate & and experiment

5 | Government Institutions

We call on Government institutions to recognize social entrepreneurs as a driving force in safeguarding jobs and pioneering a green & equitable society - and to support back them accordingly:

1 - Protect crucial community organizations & jobs
2- Allocate & fast track funding
3 - Back existing intermediaries
4 - Remove red tape
5 - Usher a new economic reality

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