Nama, ESCWA to establish a social incubator in Qatar

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The Center for Social Development (Nama) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on Tuesday organized a national consultation meeting on setting up a social incubator in Qatar.
Nama is a leading institution for young people, helping to expand their opportunities, build their skills and strengthen them in Qatar. Based in Beirut, Lebanon, ESCWA’s purpose is to stimulate economic activity in member countries, strengthen cooperation between them and promote development.
The meeting was attended by a group of different stakeholders involved in social entrepreneurship in Qatar. It aimed to present a roadmap for the establishment of the social incubator and explore its meaning, strategic goals, activities and management model, and collect feedback from the participants to finalize the roadmap and submit it to Nama for implementation.
The meeting provided an opportunity for participants to share experiences and lessons learned from their entrepreneurial journeys and to identify potential opportunities for collaboration between the various stakeholders. The Nama project is for 15 teams, with activities aimed at familiarizing people in the 18-45 age group with the aim of building the capacity of young social entrepreneurs.
It is also envisaged to reach out to stakeholders via social media, encouraging them to take social responsibility through tailored programs to ensure financial and impact sustainability and partnership with stakeholders in ongoing projects.

Osama Safa, Head of the Social Justice Department, Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development Cluster, ESCWA, led the presentations with moderator Dina Tannir and gave the floor to the participants to discuss the background to the establishment of a social incubator in Qatar and the readiness of local society Entrepreneurs to strengthen the ecosystem through partnerships with stakeholders, through discourses to raise awareness, working with the media to reach people, simplifying terms and clarifying the confusion between social responsibility and community service. Participants recognized the need to conduct a survey of social entrepreneurship needs, gaps and opportunities in Qatar.
Safa said that the results and recommendations of the first advisory meeting with Nama met ESCWA’s expectations and are very encouraging to move to the implementation phase. It is necessary to develop a strategy and methodology for working on the incubator’s roadmap, determine its goals, vision and working principles, components, programs, spaces and ways to improve the environment. By strengthening ties with the beneficiaries of the social incubator, business support services should be provided through the program, schedule and basic activities of the social incubator.
The participants expressed their views on the incubator’s work plan and on sharing experiences and lessons learned from managing the entrepreneurship programmes, particularly those working on the ‘Rawassy’ project in Nama. They emphasized the importance of strengthening the social entrepreneurship ecosystem based on the current gaps and opportunities, as well as the needs and best practices for success.
The meeting ended with a debate on multi-stakeholder approaches and partnerships with academics, experts, incubators and successful success stories to create a snowball effect.

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