, 29 October, 2019 / 11:49 PM
Tangaza University College (TUC), a Nairobi-based Catholic institution of higher learning is set to host the third Annual African Conference on Social Entrepreneurship (AACSE), which will address issues of sustainable and impactful social enterprises that lead to transformation within the continent.
“The conference seeks to address from an academic and practitioners’ perspective the question of sustainable and impactful social enterprises,” reads the conference document availed to ACI Africa Tuesday, October 29.
The two-day conference slated to take place from October 30 will also to address the “scaling innovative solutions for social challenges, and reinforce social entrepreneurship as a powerful force to create and lead transformative social change at scale in Africa.”
The third since its inception in 2017, the 2019 conference is being prepared under the theme, “Sustainable social entrepreneurship as a framework for social transformation.”
“After the 2017 conference which focused on social enterprises as the engine of Africa’s Socio-economic transformation and the 2018 conference on contextualizing and shaping social entrepreneurship in Africa, this year’s conference is a follow up on what has been done previously,” Daniel Mwangi, one of the conveners of the conference, told ACI Africa Tuesday, October 29.
Hosted by TUC’s Institute of Social Transformation (IST), the continental conference, Mwangi said, “will bring together participants from private sectors, the government, the Church, social entrepreneurs, and Tangaza students,” with some 800 participants expected to attend.
The conference is expected to give an opportunity for “entrepreneurs to meet and share various ways on how to transform Africa, to network and also display their various products,” Mr. Mwangi said.
According to a document availed to ACI Africa, the social entrepreneurship programme has enabled more than 200 entrepreneurs “to build sustainable and impactful social enterprises that are transforming the lives of thousands of people.”
ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.
Father Don Bosco Onyalla
Editor-in-Chief, ACI Africa