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The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), an event co-organized by the United States Government and the Republic of India, will take place in Hyderabad, India, on 28-30 November. This year, it will highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All, and focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.

Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells delivers opening remarks at the U.S.-India Business Council Road to GES Entrepreneurship Conclave, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. (Photo: U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

A strong group of entrepreneurs, government officials and impact investing actors will attend the event, reflecting the GES diversity of cultures and expertise. The Summit aims to foster the conditions that empower innovators to take their ideas to the next level. Horyou will present aspects of its experience as a social network for social good, in resonance with this inspiring social innovation initiative. Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou, has been invited by the US State Department and its Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva to attend the GES and speak for the network on the topic of “Go For It: Tapping Alternative Financing Solutions”. Before the international attendees, he will share his vision and perspective around the launch of Spotlight, the first digital currency for impact that supports philanthropy and economic inclusion.

With Spotlight, as well as its many other events and initiatives, and Foundation, Horyou supports the implementation of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, while aiming to provide philanthropic support to millions of social entrepreneurs, women, youth and social good projects.

Horyou founder and CEO Yonathan Parienti with members of the US State Department from the US Mission in Geneva

«It is a great credit to our efforts to be given such a unique opportunity to share with this international audience the disruptive innovations we have been working on over the past few years at Horyou to further social good and to set up more harmonious conditions for economic inclusion», says Mr. Parienti. «Horyou, the social network for social good, has many stories to disclose about inspiring women, with our member organizations, whose initiatives lead by example in shaping a better future for their communities », he adds.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit is one of the most important annual entrepreneurship gatherings in the world in that it showcases the efforts of both emerging and developed countries to answer the challenge of furthering joint business opportunities worldwide. GES 2017 aims to create an empowering environment for innovators, especially women, to take their ideas to the next level. The Right Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, is expected to inaugurate the Summit on 28 November 2017 and Mrs. Ivanka Trump, advisor to the President of the United States on advancing policies and initiatives for women empowerment, is due to lead the US delegation. As she recently reminded the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo: «Ensuring 50% of our population can fully participate in the workforce is critical to strengthen our communities and grow our prosperity».

Ivanka Trump at the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo

GES participants will be supported by mentors and coaches, through workshops and networking sessions, and will be provided with opportunities to meet funders, build partnerships and find their target customers. Plenary sessions will highlight businesses led by women and their stories while master classes will discuss innovative topics as Blockchain, Fintech and e-commerce. «It is an amazing ecosystem to be part of and feel inspired by, due to the diversity of its participants. We will be there to speak the language of social entrepreneurship to shape a better future for the generations to come», concludes Yonathan Parienti.

Horyou blog will provide regular GES updates! Be the change, be Horyou!

The 4th UN Sustainable Development Goal relates to education and change. How to implement inclusive and quality education for all, and promote lifelong learning, to build a fairer society.

Children in Pakistani School. Photo: UNDP

Malala Yousafzai was only 12 years old when she wrote a moving blog article about her life in Pakistan under the Taliban regime. Her bravery almost cost Malala her life – she was shot by a gunman and had to flee her country to remain safe. Things have changed for her since. Her voice was now heard and she became famous in global media for advocating education for girls in her country. Last summer, Malala received the news that she was accepted at the prestigious Oxford University. She’s a good example that education can change people, build dreams, move the world.

Like Malala in her early years, many children have poor or no access to education. According to the UN, 57 million children are out of school. Half of them live in conflict-affected areas. Even when they do go to school, it is often not enough to provide them with the basic education: 103 million youth lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 percent of them are women. The most vulnerable groups are persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas.

Some progress has been achieved in the last 17 years – more schools have access to computers, and schooling is growing; yet the numbers are unequal and can’t always equate with quality. «Even though more children than ever are going to school, many do not acquire basic skills in reading and mathematics», said a recent assessment report published by the UN. Teachers do not have proper training and the poor conditions of schools in many parts of the world jeopardize quality education prospects.

Funds for infrastructure and training are needed, as well as public policies that prioritize quality education. Many non-government organizations have acted tirelessly to improve the situation, especially in the most affected regions and with the most vulnerable groups.

Girls education is a critical issue for our society. Photo: Ma belle école

On the Horyou platform, the NGO Avante – Educação e Mobilização Social, based in Brazil, provides empowering education to children in poor and socially vulnerable communities. In addition to funding teacher training and tech inclusion in schools, it promotes citizenship, encourages gender and racial identity debates with children, their families and social actors and train them to become community leaders.

The association Ma Belle École works within school inclusion projects in developing countries. Through individual sponsorship programmes, it provides children with regular access to school in conflict-affected countries like Syria and Mali. It also helps their families, providing them with food and other basic resources, so children are not forced to abandon education and thus be used as cheap labor.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps promote education in your region or anywhere in the world. Your support can be made easier and more effective with Spotlight, our digital currency for impact. Check it out and start using it to engage in any cause you feel concerned about. Be the change, be Horyou!

Um projeto social que surgiu de uma das instituições de ensino executivo mais prestigiadas do Brasil, o Gestão para Entidades da Sociedade Civil (GESC) treina ONGs e outras organizações em técnicas de gestão e negócios. Fundada pela Associação dos Alunos e Ex-Alunos da FIA (AMBA-FIA), a iniciativa fundamenta sua visão nas crenças de que é preciso fortalecer a sociedade civil, e que isso só se faria com um terceiro setor forte; na qualidade de gestão das organizações sociais e no estímulo a empresários para se tornarem empreendedores sociais, contribuindo na construção de uma sociedade inclusiva. Entrevistamos o diretor executivo do Instituto Gesc, Alfredo Santos Júnior.

Aula inaugural para organizações

Quando e como surgiu o projeto Gesc?

Em 1994, um grupo de alunos do primeiro curso de MBA em gestão da Fundação Instituto de Administração, ligadas à Universidade de S. Paulo, fundou uma Associação com o objetivo de auxiliar Organizações da Sociedade Civil quanto ao fortalecimento de sua gestão. Em 1997, a AMBA-FIA criou o programa GESC – Gestão para Entidades da Sociedade Civil, voltado a apoiar as instituições do terceiro setor em sua busca por maior eficácia na gestão, condição básica para o seu desenvolvimento.

Desde então, foram realizadas 72 edições do GESC, que envolveram mais de 800 organizações, capacitaram cerca de 1.400 gestores sociais, contando com o trabalho de aproximadamente 1.150 executivos voluntários. O êxito do programa levou a Associação a criar, em 2004, o Instituto GESC, voltado para coordenar, aplicar e dar escala ao programa.

Quais eram os principais desafios enfrentados pelas organizações apoiadas e como os executivos puderam aplicar sua expertise para solucioná-los?

Era uma época em que o Brasil estava retomando sua normalidade institucional democrática e o que conhecemos como Terceiro Setor, começava a viver um período de grande expansão. A necessidade de ajudar as organizações que já existiam e as que estavam sendo criadas a fortalecer suas práticas de gestão e governança era muito grande.

Os executivos – então alunos e ex-alunos da FIA – puderam se engajar em trabalho voluntário qualificado, ajudando estas organizações com o conhecimento e a experiência adquiridos no dia a dia da gestão empresarial.

Em 20 anos de projetos, quais foram as evoluções observadas na profissionalização do terceiro setor no Brasil?

As organizações da sociedade civil – que conhecemos como o “Terceiro Setor” – evoluíram muito nestes 20 anos, principalmente no que diz respeito a profissionalização de seus quadros de pessoal e da adoção de métodos e práticas de sucesso, trazidas do mundo empresarial.

Há visíveis progressos quanto à gestão financeira, gestão de pessoas, captação de recursos e adequação à legislação. Há, ainda, muitos desafios a serem vencidos, mas o progresso observado é inegável e o GESC, como programa pioneiro e com metodologia de trabalho consolidada, tem grande importância neste processo.

Alfredo Santos, diretor executivo do Igesc

Há casos de sucesso que gostariam de mencionar?

Recentemente, na comemoração dos 20 anos do GESC, recebemos dois representantes de organizações que deram seus depoimentos sobre a importância do GESC em suas trajetórias: “Doutores da Alegria”, que participou do primeiro GESC e “Tenda da Solidariedade”, que participou de uma das mais recentes edições do programa. Ambos apontaram o GESC como um divisor de águas na vida das suas organizações.

Mas, existem inúmeros outros casos, como o GOAS – Grupo de Orientação e Assistência à Saúde, organização de médio porte, na Grande S. Paulo e a Liga Solidária, entidade de grande porte que se tornou parceira do GESC.

Horyou é a rede social para o bem social. De que forma a internet e as redes sociais são significativas para o projeto?

As redes sociais têm um papel importantíssimo a desempenhar para o fortalecimento da sociedade civil. Elas têm forte potencial para mobilização e articulação de pessoas em favor de causas de interesse comum, permitem a ampliação do trabalho em rede, que pode favorecer a troca de experiências, recursos, conhecimentos, bem como a atuação conjunta em projetos de maior porte, que exijam competências diversificadas.

Elas também ajudam a dar escala a iniciativas locais bem-sucedidas, que podem vir a ser replicadas em outros contextos, e podem favorecer a integração e articulação de organizações em escala global, um fator essencial para a construção da cidadania planetária.

Horyou apoia as iniciativas de inovação social que ajudam o mundo a alcançar os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, e é organizadora do SIGEF, o Fórum de Inovação Social e Ética Global. Seja a mudança, seja Horyou!

Horyou soutient des initiatives innovantes qui s’inscrivent en résonance avec les Objectifs de Développement Durable des Nations Unies. Ainsi, nous sommes heureux de partager la campagne de Food Save Challenge, promue par notre partenaire Impact Hub Lausanne.

Savez-vous que plus de 12000 tonnes de nourriture sont non consommées par an en Suisse? Cela représente un budget de plus de 64 Millions de francs.

Le problème n’affecte seulement la Suisse – il est global et si concernant que fait partie des Objectifs de Développement Durable de l’ONU. En pensant à lui donner des solutions innovantes, Impact Hub Lausanne lance le Food Save Challenge, un défi pour startups. L’entrepreneur qui présente les idées plus innovantes sur le gaspillage va gagner 9 mois de soutien financier, coaching et un space de travail au Impact Hub Lausanne valant jusqu’à CHF 50,000. Les candidatures sont ouvertes jusqu’à 10 Novembre.

Pour participer du Challenge, il faut être un entrepreneur ou une start-up résidant actuellement en Suisse et présenter un projet avec potentiel d’impact de réduction de gaspillage alimentaire dans la région de Lausanne. Les critères comprennent aussi «adaptation du réseau» – si l’initiative est un ajout précieux au réseau d’épargne alimentaire existant, «faisabilité», «durabilité» et «attractivité».

Le Food Save Challenge fait partie d’un projet plus large, le Lab Vie Durable, qui veut promouvoir des modes de vie durable em Suisse Romande, en créant une plateforme multipartie qui favorise la collaboration ouverte entre les acteurs privés, publiques et associatifs, em se focalisant sur trois thématiques: consommation responsable et futur de l’alimentation, santé et bien-être, mobilitées et communauté durables.

Au delà du Lab Vie Durable, il y a aussi des projets Open Labs, notamment des sessions de travail ouvertes à tous, et un Social Labs, qui débutera em 2018 et offrira une processus expérimental d’apprentissage et de prototypage avec une cohorte de 12-24 leaders d’opinions. «Le Lab Vie Durable avec son approche régionale est un premier pas pour renforcer les liens et synergies entre acteurs clés de l’Arc Lémanique, créer une seule communauté grandissante dans la région et contribuer ainsi à l’essor de la Romandie et son positionnement en tant que leader régional d’innovation durable!», a dit Amanda Byrne, co-fondatrice de l’initiative.

UN End Hunger goal is to achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Horyou’s new series is about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Every week, Horyou blog will publish an article about one goal, highlighting projects and actions that have been supporting its implementation.

Children under 5 are one of the most hunger vulnerable groups

One in ten people on our planet is undernourished. In rough numbers, they are 793 million, and one-fifth of them are children under 5 years of age. By contrast, 41 million children under 5 worldwide are affected by overweight and obesity – that’s 6% of children population. The numbers are shocking, yet the situation has improved in the 21st century – efforts to combat hunger and malnutrition have advanced significantly since 2000. Ending hunger, food insecurity for all, however, will require continued and focused efforts, especially in Asia and Africa.

Is there a way to improve both scenarios?

Horyou volunteer serving food at “The Meal”

The answer, according to the UNDP, lies in more investments in agriculture, including government spending and aid. It is in funding small-scale agriculture and sustainable food production systems, as well as making an effort to maintain the genetic diversity of plants and animals, both crucial for agriculture and food production. As of February 2017, 20 percent of local animal breeds were classified as at risk, according to data gathered in 128 countries. It’s all connected – global warming affects crops, animal breeds and food prices -, causing insecurity, civil unrest and wars. In 2016, 21 countries experienced high or moderately high domestic prices, relative to their historic levels, for one or more staple cereal food commodities. Thirteen of those countries were in sub-Saharan Africa. The main causes of high prices were declines in domestic output, currency depreciation, and insecurity.

Some governments have invested in long-term agricultural subsidies programs, according to the UNDP. It’s not enough. We, as a society, can act, either by supporting organizations which foster diverse and sustainable agriculture, participate in educational projects to promote healthy and responsible food consumption or spread the word about reducing waste.

On our Horyou platform, you can support projects like The Meal, which organizes festive and healthy meals for people who can’t afford good food in several countries – the last edition took place in 54 consecutive cities around the world! Or SOS Faim Luxembourg, an NGO which works in African rural areas to promote family farming and microfinance. The Green Bronx Machine, based in the US, uses education and school farming to teach kids about the importance of healthy eating habits and local food systems.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps fight hunger in your region or anywhere in the world. Your support can be made easier and more effective with Spotlight, our digital currency for impact. Check it out and start using it to engage in any cause you feel concerned about. Be the change, be Horyou!

Step 1 – End Poverty in All its Forms, Everywhere Horyou’s new series is about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Every week, Horyou blog will publish an article about one of them, highlighting projects and actions that have been supporting its implementation.

Women in East Timor counts with NGO help. Females are one of the groups most affected by poverty. Source UNDP.
Women in East Timor counts with NGO help. Females are one of the groups most affected by poverty. Source UNDP.

Valeria is a Peruvian woman who struggles to support her family. A single mom with 2 small children and a sick parent who lives with her, she works as a waitress in a restaurant during the day and in a bar at night. She only has 4 hours sleep every night, yet her income is only enough to pay the rent of her room and some basic expenses. «Luckily, I can bring home some food from the restaurant and I can feed my daughters. But I can’t buy them clothes or books», she says.

Like Valeria, about 10% of the world’s workers and their families live with less than $1,90 per person per day. According to the UN, the rate has declined steadily in the past 17 years, though an estimated 767 million people still live below the poverty line. About one third is unprotected by their national and regional social systems.

Interactions and Solidarity project in Kenya
Interactions and Solidarity project in Kenya

When the UN Sustainable Development Goals were launched in January 2016, following the 15-year Millenium Development Goals, poverty was still one of the worst concerns in the developing and poor regions. For decades, institutions, NGOs and social entrepreneurs have developed support programs to take the poorer ones out of their condition and offer them perspective and hope.

Within the Horyou community and on its platform, NGOs like InterActions-Solidarity focus on poverty reduction and environment projects in Kenya. Based on the demands of each community, they provide support in the implementation of solidarity and socio-economic, eco-tourism and food safety programs. «We’ve seen an increase of productivity and profitability of farming and grazing activities respecting the environment, and with the sustainable management of natural resources», says the NGO spokesperson.

SER Sustentável works with homeless people from Brazil
SER Sustentável works with homeless people from Brazil

Other organizations like SER Sustentável, based in Brazil, help homeless people with addiction to alcohol or crack cocaine to step up and reintegrate life with dignity. The organizations also acts in poor communities providing them with sustainable housing and training support. «We want to reintegrate them in the society through work and income, offering workshops that would help them to find jobs», says Silvana Grandi, SER Sustentável president.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps fight poverty in your region or anywhere in the world. Your support can be made easier and more effective with Spotlight, our digital currency for impact. Check it out and start using it to impact the Cause of poverty or any cause you feel concerned about. Be the change, be Horyou!

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