As part of its Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI), the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation commissioned the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) through its Office of Social Entrepreneurship (OSE) - to gather information on the social, economic and environmental contributions that social enterprises make to the country.
The OSE, headed by Dr. Kadamawe Knife, has taken on the project which addresses a deficit of available research in the field of social enterprise. The project will examine, inform and influence key decisions which affect that sector, and will outline its specific needs and challenges.
On Thursday, April 18, 2013 a focus group was held by OSE at the Mona School of Business and Management on the University of the West Indies (UWI) campus as part of its undertaking. Such exercises will allow SEBI to have a better understanding of the sector, and create an enabling business environment for Social Enterprises in Jamaica. The session brought together experts in the field as well as representatives from established and emerging social enterprises.
OSE will also be used to map the social enterprises participating in SEBI in order to monitor and measure the social impact that these organisations are having on individual and community development.
SEBI aims to mobilise increased employment, investment and revenue within communities across Jamaica, by transforming social enterprises into efficient businesses, moving the mind-set away from subsistence and towards wealth creation.