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Yunus Center at the Asian Institute of Technology!
We believe that the power of the market can be harnessed to eradicate poverty. This can be done by using business practices to disseminate pro-poor technologies. We act as a knowledge hub and an enabling platform to accelerate the spread of these technologies through social business and enterprise-led development.
If you're a social business expert, social entrepreneur, researcher, student, or just itching to know more about ways to solve social problems, scroll down for more details. We look forward to seeing you at our events this month.
YY Cocktail #8 - Zero Waste
Waste is a growing problem in Bangkok— Nearly 10,000 tons of waste ends up in landfills every day. Over 90% of our wastes can be reused or recycled, if it is handled properly, but close to 80% currently goes to landfills. Our next YY Cocktail will look at the business opportunity presented by diverting waste from landfills, as well as ways in which social businesses can help close the loop.
EXPECT IT IN MARCH!
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MOU with the Government, Community Development Department emphasizes YCA’s role in promoting Social Business
In December 2016, Thailand Social Business Initiative (TSBI) of which YCA is a founding member was invited by the Community Development Department (CDD) of the Ministry of Interior to the signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement under which YCA will provide technical support to the Royal Thai Government’s initiative for promoting enterprise-led development. TSBI will give practical shape to the Government’s desire to encourage community leaders to Community Entrepreneur (CE) and help promote Social Business the community level.
SIgnatories to the Memorandum were Mr. Apichat Todilokvech, Director-General, CDD; Dr. Faiz Shah, Director, YCA; Dr. Pipat Yodprudtikan, Director, Thaipat Institute; and Ms. Pajaree Khunchaimang, Executive Director, Imageplus Communication.
Help Rice Farmer campaign, Thailand Thailand Social Business Initiative (TSBI), Right-Livelihood Foundation, Community Development Department and 12 pioneer corporations joined the MOU signing of the Help Rice Farmer campaign in order to help relieve farmers from the severe rice price crisis in Thailand through social business cooperation among government, private and development sectors. One of the firms, Fuji Xerox (Thailand), had an official announcement event about the company’s contribution to this campaign held on 23 December 2016 at the Fuji Xerox Showroom, in Bangkok.
Fuji Xerox aims to support local farmers by purchasing rice directly from farmers at competitive price and donating them to a number of foundations for disabled children and underprivileged. Dr. Pipat Yodprudtikan, Director, Thaipat Institute; Dr. Faiz Shah, Director, YCA; and Mr. Koji Tezuka, President, Fuji Xerox Thailand, were keynote speakers at the event.
ASEAN Youth Workshop on Social Entrepreneurs
Young people from all over Southeast Asia gathered for the ASEAN Youth Workshop on Social Entrepreneurs held on 22-26 January in Bangkok, Thailand. The event provided a platform for learning and collaboration in promoting social entrepreneurship under the guidance and mentorship of guest speakers and experts. The YCA team presented the perspective of "Social Business Around the World" and "Effective Pitching Sessions". The team also served as mentors and judges of the social business idea presentation.
The workshop, initiated by the Department of Children and Youth of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, engaged the participants with various activities including individual and country presentations; group debriefing and brainstorming, cultural exchange activity, panel talk, study visit to local social businesses, and a business plan pitching session.
Asia Pacific Youth Exchange – Thailand 2017
The Asia Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) is a regional youth program which responds to the global need of actively engaging youth in localized Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) initiatives. By working with multiple stakeholders in local communities and in decision-making processes, selected youth delegates are given a unique opportunity to learn and hone the skills necessary to participate in SDG-related activities.
The third edition was held in Bangkok from 10 – 20 January, hosted by UNDP and Urban Youth Academy. Dr.Faiz Shah, Director, YCA, participated in a panel discussion on the role of social innovation accelerating the SDGs. Furthermore, four members of the YCA team participated as mentors and judges of the delegates' social ventures initiatives.
Canadian University in Dubai invites YCA representative to speak on Social Entrepreneurship
Ms. Chureerat Haq, YCA liaison in the United Arab Emirates, was invited as guest speaker at the Canadian University in Dubai on 7 February. . As a Visiting Expert from YCA, she was invited to speak on the topic “Social Entrepreneurship”. She also shared knowledge and insights about Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Way to go, Ms. Chureerat!
Preserving local wisdom in Nonthaburi through Social Business
Durian from Nonthaburi is prized for its flavour, but as more and more farmers are enticed into selling their farms to urban developers, the production of this unique fruit is on the decline. Community leaders are trying to create economic incentives for farmers so that they are motivated to continue with Durian, while NECTEC and Mahidol University help map all existing trees. YCA has been invited to join this community-based action research initiative to assess the potential of Social Business as a strategy to promote community resilience.
The YCA team accompanied Mr. Pisuth Paiboonrat of NeCTEC, and Assistant Professor Kasem Kulpradit of Mahidol University to facilitate stakeholder meetings with the Nonthaburi farmer's community. There, we were introduced to the traditional farming methods, and the natural ecosystem. The YCA team were exposed to the issues and the challenges the community faces, particularly d since the flood in 2012. YCA looks forward to working with the Nonthaburi community in helping generate enterprise-led solutions that will help farmers resist urban encroachment and preserve their local wisdom and their prized Durian.
Reviving Silk Production in Lebanon with help from Thailand
The YCA team, visited a silk farm at Kalasin province under the coordination and support of Mr. Pisuth Paiboonrat of NECTEC and his colleague Mr. Ekapong Musikacharoen. The team learned the whole process, from ground to completion, of silk production, and even tried their hands at weaving. From this trip, Nada Nassif, YCA intern from Lebanon, developed a social business idea focused on women empowerment through the silk business. With this Social Business idea, Nada hopes to contribute to the revival of silk production in her country.
Such a wonderful trip!
Short Course in Social Entrepreneurship, Payap University