Yesterday, the President of the European commission, Jose Manuel Barroso met 2006 Nobel Prize winner Professor Mohammed Yunus! After their meeting, Prsesident Barroso made the following statement:
“I would like to express the EU’s recognition for the successful work of Professor Yunus, whose tireless commitment deserves our profound respect. Strengthening social business and promoting innovative methods of accessible finance is not only a matter of justice. It is also and a concrete way to help the poorest of the poor and a smart investment in our shared future. The European Commission will therefore continue its substantial aid to micro-credit projects across the globe.”
Watch the pictures on http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoDetailsNews.cfm?sitelang=en&rid=6367#0
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has taken a groundbreaking step forward in educating and promoting the Social Enterprise sector and together with the Social Enterprise Academy runs Scotland’s only MSc in Social Enterprise.
Find out more about the course and our work with the Social Enterprise Sector in this video:
Louise pulford from SIX (Social Innovation Exchange), published an article on the group’s blog about the funding landscape in Europe: http://www.socialinnovationexchange.org/node/5991
In order to develop a new funding model, she asks for the help of the social innovation community. More examples of funds are needed as well as opinions on what needs to be changed so that concrete recommandations can me made.