FORS Montenegro organised a two-day conference on Development of Social Entrepreneurship with the aim of promoting the concept of social entrepreneurship and its importance for development, creation of new job places and solving social problems as well as to promote good practice models in this field from the European Union. Ms Biljana Kovačević from the Ministry of Work and Social Welfare, Mr Romain Boitard from the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and Mr Veslin Šturanović from FORS Montenegro spoke at the opening of the Conference.
The Conference gathered representatives of civil society organisations, state and local authorities and social enterpreneurs from Montenegro and the neighbouring countries who exchanged their opinion and experience during these two days.
The Conference was organised within the project SEEM – Social Economy for Employment in Montenegro implemented by FORS Montenegro in partnership with the Association Slap from Croatia and it is funded by the European Union within the Grant scheme “Youth, women and long-term unemployed at the labour market”, which is part of the Operational Programme “Human Resource Development 2012-2013”, financed through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), for whose implementation the Ministry of Work and Social Welfare of Montenegro is responsible. The project is also financially supported by UNESCO through Participation Programme 2016-2017, through the National Committee of Montenegro for UNESCO.
The Conference is a final event of the twelve-month project whose aim is to contribute to employment of youth, women and long-term unemployed through their capacity building and promotion of social entrepreneurship as a means of self-employment which at the same time contributes to solving certain social problems. Other project activities included trainings on Social Entrepreneurship, Business Plan Writing, Marketing, Internet Marketing, Management in Social Enterprises, Competition in Writing Business Plans, study visit to successful social enterprises in Croatia, presentation of good practice examples of social enterprises, publications (Manual and brochures on Social Entrepreneurship), round tables with representatives of state and local authorities, training on project writing and implementation, awareness raising campaign (media activities, workshops, presentations, etc.). The main target groups of the project are youth, women and long-term unemployed.