Multi-stakeholder Network for Local Enterprise
A Local Enterprise is an enterprise started with a local initiative, is need-based, preferably using local raw materials, skills and appropriate technology, is locally owned and managed, selling to local and / or other markets within a fair trading system.
Vision: To support the development of sustainable enterprise at local level.
To develop a multi-stakeholder network that is not-for-profit, initially to pool and exchange information, support, lessons learned, and problem support
The Local Enterprise Development Network will focus on poor communities who lack information, capacity or opportunity to develop sustainable local enterprise.
The network will concentrate on the development of enterprise started with local initiative, will be need (scale etc.) based, preferably using local raw materials, skills and appropriate technology, to be locally owned and managed, selling to local and / or other markets within a fair trading system.
Work Programme: Phase 1
Africa Now (Zimbabwe), Cape Town Municipality (South Africa), Enterplan (United Kingdom), Microfinance Centre for C&EE and the NIS (Poland), Open University (United Kingdom), Oxfam India (India), Sexto Sol (Mexico and Guatemala), South African Local Government (South Africa), Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future (United Kingdom), Unilever (Netherlands)
Steering Committee Membership
Jane Nyoni – Africa Now (Zimbabwe), Carne Blandy – Cape Town Municipality (South Africa), Robert Fitch – Enterplan (United Kingdom), Marcin Fijalkowski - Microfinance Centre for C&EE and the NIS (Poland), Gary Alexander - Open University (United Kingdom), Gurinder Kaur – Women’s Livelihood Development, Oxfam India (India), Tamara Brennan – Director, Sexto Sol (Mexico and Guatemala), Nontsha Sophia Nciza – South African Local Government (South Africa), Anne Weir – Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development, Unilever (Netherlands)
Additional background information
Initially this project developed as a platform from which to address issues of ethical / fair trading at Stakeholder Forum’s Implementation Conference (IC) in Johannesburg, South Africa (please see www.earthsummit2002.org/ic/foodsecurity/fairtrade.htm). Through consultation with many leading organizations involved with this area of trade it was decided that the IC could best add value to existing efforts by focusing on enterprise development at a community / local level, to provide underdeveloped sectors of society with opportunities to diversify their income sources, to create community interdependence and to create stronger bargaining positions, thereby generating income security.
The three-day workshop at the IC included an array of stakeholders, ranging from large multinational corporations to small non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and academia, representing diverse geographical and social backgrounds, both South and North. During, and as a result of this workshop, the Local Enterprise Development Network and steering committee were created.
The network will focus on the development of enterprise that will encourage local interdependence and will contribute to poverty alleviation, social inclusion, empowerment and gender equity.