About The Conference

Rationale

No homegrown and sustained regional platform previously existed for various segments of the emerging social enterprise sector and their support institutions to come together to dialogue, co-create, articulate and pursue a common agenda for transformation. The United Nations-led post 2015 development agenda building process provides an opportunity for the sector to assert a significant role in poverty eradication and transforming economies towards sustainable development in the region.

The Social Enterprise Advocacy and Leveraging Conference in Asia (SEAL-Asia) hoped to catalyze this platform building effort at the regional level and it did.  This first Conference brought together some 100 leaders from 60 social entrepreneurship practitioner organizations, networks and resource institutions from key countries in Asia, scholars doing research on social entrepreneurship in the region, and resource persons from the business sector and government under the theme “Transforming Economies through Social Entrepreneurship: Towards a Post 2015 Development Agenda”. It was largely made possible by a strategic partnership between ISEA and Oxfam GB Asia with additional grants provided by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) and the Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI).

The Conference will convene every 2 years to ensure that this social enterprise sectoral agenda building process at the regional level undergoes a continuing process of evaluation, adaptation and innovation. The second SEAL Conference is slated to be held at Bali, Indonesia in 2016 with Bina Swadaya-Indonesia as host.