The British Council in partnership with the Social Enterprise World Forum 2016 (SEWF) and other partners will organise the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) in Hong Kong from 25 - 27 September 2016.

SEWF is an international event for social enterprises all over the world to come together to discuss policy and practice, to learn from one another and to network. The high quality of the audience includes representatives from an eclectic mix of organisations, from community projects, large scale social enterprises and both the public and private sector. All representatives are passionate about social enterprise, and committed to making a real difference to their world.

This year, Mr Jimmy Pham, Founder of KOTO, has been invited by the British Council Vietnam and the Social Enterprise World Forum to be a workshop speaker on “Social Enterprise Development in the Food & Beverage Industry”.  KOTO is the first social enterprise officially listed under the Vietnam Government’s new enterprise registration system. Mr Pham’s presentation will focus on i) building an award winning social enterprise; ii) the mission, vision, and values of KOTO; and iii) the transformative power of social enterprise in Vietnam. This is a golden opportunity for Vietnam’s social entrepreneurs and social innovators to share their success stories with the world. 

The British Council in Vietnam has been running the social enterprise development programme since July 2009. We work at all levels, and engage with policy makers, intermediaries, social enterprises, social innovators, and the general public. We share UK expertise with Vietnam’s experts and innovators, spreading the message that Social Enterprise is an effective way to solve social issues, create job opportunities, and increase prosperity in Vietnam. For more information on our social enterprise programme in Vietnam, please go to

The key theme of SEWF 2016 is New Frontiers, New Markets, with the following subthemes:

  1. Social enterprise in reshaping the economy: local, national & global perspectives
  2. Social enterprise – The path to creating a social value marketplace
  3. The competitive value advantage of social enterprise
  4. Building a social enterprise ecosystem
  5. The new frontier: changing the language and values of “Business”

This year, we expect over 1,000 delegates from over 40 countries at the event, sharing local and global expertise in social innovation and social enterprise. For more information please contact Ms. Gam Tran, Society and Development Manager, British Council Vietnam; tel. 04 37281938; email:

On the eve of the Social Enterprise World Forum, the British Council is launching a series of short videos to illustrate the positive impact that social enterprises are delivering in Asia and Africa. You can view these videos from the links below.

Ali (Ghana): How I made money planting Moringa trees  
Sameen (Pakistan): ‘How I gained respect in my community’ 
Nila (Bangladesh): ‘Coding classes give me a brighter future’
Sadhana (india): ‘How I became a business woman’

During the event, from 25 to 27 September, please use the following hashtags to be updated on the SEWF 2016: #Socent (for social enterprise), #Socinv (social investment) and #SEWF2016 (Social enterprise World Forum).

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