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Social enterprise: an idea whose time has come

How do you build trust, networks and mutual opportunity across different cultures and international borders? The British Council has been doing this across 110 countries for 80 years.

Communication on Child Sponsorships

The merger between Fondazione ACRA-CCS and the non-profit organization CCS Italy Onlus was terminated. The Children Sponsorship programmes in Mozambique, Nepal, Zambia and Cambodia are run exclusively by CCS Italia Onlus and from now on, all related correspondence and requests for information are to be addressed to CCS Italia.

Fondazione ACRA-CCS continues its development cooperation programmes in Burkina Faso, Chad, Senegal, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Honduras, El Salvador and in Europe.

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The pride of having a tap in Niamone

Way back in the 2012, stacks of pipes slowly invaded one of the most rural communities in Southern Senegal and this aroused enthusiasm among the population of the villages. The stack were huge and positioned under the mango trees. Nothing made people think that in a few months the pipes would be gone and that feeling of contentment among the people would consequently weaken. "The visibility of an infrastructure, its appearance, is an important factor in the judgment of the population; a well, a school are visible, a tap is less visible."

Children massacred in Pakistan school attack

Children massacre at school Peshawar, capital of the North-Western province of Pakistan, on the Afghanistan’s borders.

The Islamist guerrillas of Tehreek-e-Taliban attacked the military college of Warsak Road and massacred 141 students (132 from 6 to 17 years old) and their teachers and left hundreds of injured. "This is one of the darkest days in the history of humanity," stressed the Indian activist Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 together with the Pakistani Malala who spoke of "an absurd and ruthless act of terrorism".

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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

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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