Monday, October 19, 2015

Social Enterprise and Policy: Enabling Inclusive Economies

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It is widely acknowledged that social enterprises play an important role in addressing social, economic and environmental challenges, in fostering inclusive growth and in increasing social inclusion because they aim to pursue the general interest benefit communities. Social enterprises contribute to local community development by creating opportunities in urban and rural depressed areas where there is little prospect for wealth creation as well as provide support for vulnerable individuals who may have otherwise had no chance for employment.

Supporting social enterprise creation and development may allow public policies to meet employment and other social and economic challenges in a more efficient and effective way than if they rely on the public or private sectors alone, therefore improving the spending of public money.

This conference aims to look at how public policy can support social enterprises through – the promotion of social entrepreneurship, building of legal, regulatory and fiscal frameworks, provision of sustainable finance and the offer of business development services and support structures.

The Social Enterprise and Policy: Enabling Inclusive Economies will be held at the Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University on October 19 - 20 2015


  1. Legislators with an interest to learn more about social enterprise and how it relates to their area of work
  2. Social entrepreneurs who would like to know how policy can benefit their own social enterprises
  3. Students of social enterprise
  4. Social Enterprise enablers and stakeholders who would like to be more informed about the changing landscape of social enterprise and how new developments in policy can affect this.


Day 1
October 19, 2015

Activity and Speakers
8:00 – 9:00

9:00 – 9:15
Welcome Remarks
Fr. Jett Villarin SJ
ADMU President

9:15 – 9:45
Keynote Speech
Bam Aquino
Senator of the Republic of the Philippines

9:45 – 11:45
Social Enterprise and Policy: What’s Next?

Panel 1 – Barriers to SE Development
·         Comparative Study on Business Environments for SE’s in Asia
Speaker: C/o British Council
·         Roles, Potentials and Challenges of SE’s in Asia
Speaker: Dr. Lisa Dacanay

11:45 – 12:00

12:00 – 1:30

1:30 – 3:30
Panel 2 –The role of public policy in stimulating a strong financial marketplace for social enterprises

·         Social Entrepreneurship and Finance: Increasing understanding of social enterprise within the traditional finance sector
Speaker: Rico Gonzales, Founder, Xchange
·         Social Entrepreneurship and Public and Private Partnerships: Encouraging innovative institutional arrangements between governments and financial institutions
Speaker: c/o British Council
·         Social Entrepreneurship and Seed Funding: Supporting social entrepreneurs through small loans and grants
Speaker: Jay Lacsamana, Executive Director, FSSI

3:30 – 4:00

4:00 – 5:00


Day 2
October 20, 2015

Activity and Speakers
9:00 – 9:30
Recap of day 1

9:30 – 11:30
Social Enterprise and Policy: What’s Next?
Panel 3 – Building enabling legal, regulatory and fiscal frameworks for social enterprises through policy
·         Social Entrepreneurship and the Definition debate: Establishing clear legal definitions of social enterprises
Speaker: Dr. Leonardo Lanzona, Director, Ateneo Center for Economic Research
·         Social Entrepreneurship and the regulatory framework: Designing regulatory measures to allow social enterprises to meet their social and economic goals
Speaker: Director Jerry Clavecilla, Department of Trade and Industry
·         Social Entrepreneurship and the fiscal framework: Fiscal incentives for social enterprises
Speaker: Congressman CresentePaez

11:30 – 12:00

12:00 – 1:30

1:30 – 3:30
Panel 4 – Offering business development services and support structures for social enterprises through policy
·         Social Enterprises and Inclusive Businesses: Where do they meet?
Speaker: Markus Dietrich, Foounder, ASEI
·         Social Entrepreneurship and the access to markets: Making public procurement open for the SE sector
Speaker: Peter Hammerle, FTI
·         Social Entrepreneurship and the support for further research: Could research in the fields of SEbe supported by public funds?
Speaker: Dr. Ed Morato, Bayan Academy

3:30 – 4:00

4:00 – 5:00
Panel 5 – Promoting a positive attitude towards social enterprise
·         Social Entrepreneurship and Youth: attracting young talent through social entrepreneurship education activities in schools, colleges and universities
Speaker: Dean Rudy Ang – Ateneo Graduate School of Business
·         Social Entrepreneurship and Strategy: embedding Social Entrepreneurship in local and regional economic development strategies
Speaker: CielitoHabito, Economist

5:00 - 5:30


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