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Second Social Enterprise Advocacy and Leveraging Conference in Asia (SEAL-Asia)

“Over 90 participants representing 10 countries attended the Second Social Enterprise Advocacy and Leveraging Conference in Asia (SEAL-Asia) co-organised by the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia, Dompet Dhuafa Philanthropy and Bina Swadaya Foundation in cooperation with Japan Foundation Asia Center and Oxfam and the Swedish Government held on September 26-29, 2017 at the H Sovereign Bali Hotel, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

The four-day event with the theme, “Social Enterprise: Addressing Inequality for a Just Economy” served as a venue for learning exchange on social enterprise Impacts and sustainable development goals. It brought together representatives from social entrepreneurship organizations, networks and resource institutions in Asia, scholars doing research on social enterprise impact measurements in the region, and resource persons from the government and business sector.

SEAL-Asia was envisioned to become a regional platform that will support the social enterprise sector to be a major player in addressing poverty, inequality and sustainable development in the region.

The conference served as a venue for sharing perspectives, experiences and insights in the understanding and practice of social enterprise impact measurement in Asia. The conference featured 4 parallel sessions that showed 12 best practices among social enterprises in Asia on impact measurement. Three of which were cases developed by ISEA, Dompet Dhuafa, Bina Swadaya and Gandang Kalikasan using the tools on social return on investment and development indexing. 

Key part of the program also features a dialogue on SE and SDGs where the discussion centers on the role of social enterprises in advancing the SDGs. Another important feature of the conference was the sharing of the benchmarks and scorecard for transformational partnerships that impact on women and men small scale producers in agricultural value chains.