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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Collaborative Projects Between Social Enterprises in ASEAN Launched

Jakarta (26/10) - Three collaborative projects between social enterprises in ASEAN were launched today, 26 October 2016, at Project Showcase of ASEAN Conference on Social Entrepreneurship 2016 in Jakarta. Over 100 people from ASEAN member states, Japan and Australia attended. Apart from social enterprises, business incubators, investors, development agencies, and international NGOs were also there.

These projects were results from three months of collaborative efforts between social enterprises in ASEAN from three sectors namely food and agriculture, culture and tourism, and health and disability. The ASEAN Conference on Social Entrepreneurship: Project Showcase is the second gathering of social enterprises and public-private partners in the region, to showcase regional collaboration projects that were developed during the first conference held in Singapore in July 2016. This showcase focuses on sustaining their innovations and integrating their solutions into the social enterprise ecosystem, and features dedicated discussions on how to scale the impact of social enterprises through public-private-people partnerships.

Elaine Tan, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, said that this initiative was the first attempt to create concrete collaborations between social enterprises in ASEAN and it showed the genuine spirit of ASEAN Community. This initiative was in itself a collaborative project between UnLtd Indonesia and Singapore International Foundation with the full support from the ASEAN Foundation.

The first project, TripAbility: Travel for all Abilities is an online tourism platform initiated by three social enterprises - Kerjabilitas (Indonesia), Epic Arts Cafe (Cambodia) and DNetwork (Indonesia) - providing advice to people with disabilities on accessible tourism destinations and facilities, as a stepping stone towards a barrier-free tourism movement in SEA region. Like a TripAdvisor for people with disabilities, TripAbility will enable peer reviews/ratings of businesses and eventually offer tailor made tours, holiday packages and bookings directly on the platform. In doing so, the TripAbility aims to promote accessible tourism destinations and disability-friendly social enterprises, expand the market size in tourism and create a more inclusive society.

The Agrigator Platform - designed by three social enterprises in ASEAN working in the agriculture sector - Javara (Indonesia), NokHook (Thailand) and DVIC (Vietnam) - is a searchable database of verified food producers in Southeast Asia that aims to connect investors and buyers around the world and provide accurate information and technical assistance to these enterprises. Functionalities include matchmaking between buyers and sellers, deal sourcing, research on new markets, legal procedures and requirements, technical assistance to obtain certifications, improve product branding and marketing, online showroom and more.

The third project, Map for Good: Follow the Impact Trail is a unique map enabling travellers to seek out social enterprises in all ASEAN countries, designed by Batik Boutique (Malaysia), Ock Pop Tok (Laos), Kinyei (Cambodia), Backstreet Academy (Singapore), Color Silk (Cambodia) and Friends International (Cambodia). The map will feature tour agents, restaurants, retail shops and more that qualify as social enterprises within our charter and make it easier for travelers to support these businesses during their travels. The printed maps will be sold by each social enterprise, select partner organisations and available online. An interactive online map will be developed in the next phase. By creating an interesting design, the map will become a keepsake item that promotes purpose-driven businesses and attracts sustainability-minded and conscious travelers who want to support positive impact in the countries they visit.

Meanwhile, Leonardo A. A. Teguh Sambodo, Director for Industry, Tourism, and Creative Economy, National Development Planning Agency, in his remarks stated that the role of social enterprises in supporting government’s work and responsibility cannot be understated. In Indonesia there are various socio-economic and environmental issues that need to be addressed together by government, private sector and civil society.

“Social enterprises are playing significant roles in finding solutions which cannot be done alone by government, private sectors or civil society. It is hoped that social enterprises will play more significant roles by collaborating with government to scale up their impact towards society and environment,” he added.

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Contact / Media Representative:
• Romy Cahyadi, UnLtd Indonesia; email: romy@unltd-indonesia.org
• Masayu Y. Vinanda, ASEAN Foundation, email: masayu.vinanda@aseanfoundation.org

For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.aseanse2016.com/


Notes to Editor
About UnLtd Indonesia:

UnLtd Indonesia is an organisation supporting early stage social entrepreneurs and social enterprises in Indonesia, established with a vision to develop a supportive ecosystem that enables social enterprises to flourish in Indonesia and in the region.

About Singapore International Foundation:
The Singapore International Foundation makes friends for a better world. We build enduring relationships between Singaporeans and world communities, and harness these friendships to enrich lives and effect positive change. Our work is anchored in the belief that cross-cultural interactions provide insights that strengthen understanding. These exchanges inspire action and enable collaborations for good. Our programmes bring people together to share ideas, skills and experiences in areas such as healthcare, education, the environment, arts and culture, as well as livelihood and business. We do this because we believe we all can, and should, do our part to build a better world, one we envision as peaceful, inclusive and offering opportunities for all. Find out more at www.sif.org.sg.

About ASEAN Foundation:
Three decades after ASEAN was established, ASEAN leaders recognised that: there remained inadequate shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among people of ASEAN. It was of this concern that ASEAN leaders established ASEAN Foundation during ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 15 December 1997. ASEAN Foundation is an organisation from and for the people of ASEAN. The Foundation exists because of one vision: to build a cohesive and prosperous ASEAN Community. As an ASEAN’s body, the Foundation is tasked to support ASEAN mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN.
For more info about the ASEAN Foundation, visit: www.aseanfoundation.org

About Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund:
Japan established the Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund in 1998, under the administration of the ASEAN Foundation to promote education and cultural exchange as well as to strengthen Japan-ASEAN cooperation

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