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ACRA-CCS joins "Social Entrepreneurs: Have Your Say"

Milan, Jan. 13, 2014 - The European Commission in partnership with the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union and the city of Strasbourg, on January 16 and 17 2014, will launch in Strasbourg an european level event on social enterprise and social economy titled "Social Entrepreneurs : Have Your Say - Empowering social entrepreneurs for innovation, inclusive growth and jobs".

SEWF 2015 will be hosted in Milan by ACRA-CCS

Calgary, October 4 2013 - It will be held in Milan the 2015 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) with ACRA-CCS as the host organization.

“The challenge of hosting the SEWF2015 in Italy is thrilling me because we will bring the world to Milan, - Elena Casolari, ACRA-CCS Ceo, declared - we will build a momentum in our country and we will bridge our local experiences to the best international ones. We will set a magnificent umbrella for deep dialogue and conversations on our rapidly changing world, and expectations”.

ACRA-CCS at 2013 Social Enterprise World Forum

Milan, October 2, 2013 - Elena Casolari, ACRA-CCS Ceo, and Francesca Agnello, ACRA-CCS responsible for the economic area and the social business, will speak at the 2013 Social Enterprise World Forum which will involve, from 2 to 4 October 2013, experts and representatives of non-profit and social innovation in Calgary, Canada.

Campaign for Education in Chad, "L'education c'est la vie"

Njamena (Chad) - It was held on Wednesday, September 18 the launch of the third workshop of the National Campaign on Right to Education in Chad sponsored by ACRA-CCS in collaboration with several national partners and international institutions.

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Sustainability lies at the heart of our philosophy and our actions: interventions that will last over time, beyond our mere physical presence, that are economically viable and that prolong their effectiveness and impact in time.
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Examples of sustainable interventions


Establishment of IGA: Income Generating Activities managed by parents and aimed at generating the necessary resources to guarantee running school activities and enabling autonomous operational and financial management of the schools.


Rural schools aiming
for self-sustainability

Strengthening of the Union Rurale des Mutuelles d’épargne et de Crédit du Sénégal (Urmecs), consisting of 12 micro finance banks, with a total of 10.156 members and which forecasts a breakeven in 2014.


A network of agricultural banks recognized
by the government

Promotion of community and participatory management of water and sanitation services that guarantee greater democracy in decision making, in quantity and in the correct provision of the services and their sustainability in time.

Senegal, Tanzania,
Bolivia, Ecuador,

Establishment of committees
for the management of
water and sanitation.

A 2012 law recognizes Farming Organizations as productive and commercial stakeholders and lets them to promote family economy, farming self-management, environmental sustainability of the production and food supremacy.


Support for farming
by the government

Support for a sustainability program so schools can achieve self-sufficiency through the establishment of a social enterprise and aimed at guaranteeing a quality education for boys and girls in the rural areas of the region of Njombe.


An agricultural
training school
that is also
a social enterprise
Activation of a partnership with the national authority that has made it possible to influence national policies and have new norms approved for the management of water distribution and impose water committees in villages, the members of which will be 50% women.


Change to
general laws
regarding water
and sanitation
A health centre of excellence in the capital N'Djamena. The centre comprises also a University faculty a nursing school and a campus for medical students to train local personnel and create a new generation of doctors.


The General Hospital
with Faculty of
Medicine and Surgery

Participation in forums and in the Constituent Assembly has led to the inclusion in the new Constitution of a specific chapter on water that bans its privatization and establishes the need for the integrated management of water resources.


Support for the process
of inclusion in the
Constitution of the right
to water

Social-economic development of the Madunda complex with the improvement of rural electricity distribution provided by a low environmental impact power plant managed by a board formed by local technicians and managers.


of a locally
managed micro
hydroelectric plant
In partnership with other stakeholders (Fem 3, Micro-Ventures, Altromercato and Fondazione Maria Enrica), Opes, the first example in Italy of a non-profit financial vehicle, will invest in social enterprises throughout the world according to a logic of venture philanthropy.

Establishment of Opes

, financial vehicle
for investment
in social enterprises

Support for 44 state primary state schools in the district of Kavre that have reached a maximum level of quality as provided for by the government’s School Sector Reform Plan.


"A quality"
issued to
primary schools
The three centres, thanks to the volunteer work of the mothers, are run autonomously and are sustainable, they spread the culture of prevention of vertical transmission of the HIV virus, support hundreds of mothers and children and enhance the local knowledge on nutrition.


Support for centres
offering mother and child
HIV prevention

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Lessons learned on the subject of sustainability

resources and solutions
to problems are very often
found locally
local entrepreneurial
are effective
agents of change
social marketing
can be an effective
instrument of sensitization
choice of diverse partners
is instrumental for the
success of the projects
an exit strategy
needs to be
established prior
to a program intervention
personal dignity
must always
be central
change is implicit
of every process
and it needs to be pursued,
not feared
it is important to daree,
to change terminology,
to abandon the dichotomies:
us/them, beneficiaries/donors
it is necessary to know
how to listen beyond the needs,
aspirations and expectations
the education of the new generations
is a factor of
social, economic and cultural sustainability

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In the direction of sustainability

Find sustainable solutions to poverty, pursuing excellence
in partnerships, project focus and competence

with the institutions
on laws
and policies
the best local
and invest
in local talent
Appeal to the social enterprises
as agents of
local knowledge
and combine it
with technological innovation

with actors representing
different interests
Work with the migrant communities
and associations
education as
a motor of

human development
renewable energies
that are suitable for the context
on entrepreneurial
of young men and women

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and our successes


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