Zubair Qureshi Islamabad
Aimed at promoting social entrepreneurship and strengthening the startup ecosystem in the country, the United Nations Development Programme Pakistan and Jazz launched SDG Bootcamp for Social Enterprises.
Under the project, 20 bootcamps will be conducted across the county to train 800 young social entrepreneurs, including 50 percent women, over the course of two years.
In this regard, a meeting was also held with Dr. Arif Alvi, President of Pakistan recently where Knut Ostby, Resident Representative, UNDP Pakistan and Aamir Ibrahim, CEO, Jazz apprised the President about the project and its expected impact.
According to a press release issued Thursday, aspiring social entrepreneurs across Pakistan can apply for registrations.
The focus will be on enterprises that are innovative, tackle at least one of the development challenges of the country and contribute to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The most promising social venture ideas will be provided seed money to start their initiatives.
UNDP has been a key partner for developing and implementing Prime Minister’s Kamyab Jawan Programme which aims to empower Pakistani youth through various projects.
UNDP through its Youth Empowerment Programme supports the Government of Pakistan in developing innovative and sustainable pathways for social engagement and economic empowerment of young Pakistanis.
One of the key components of the Programme is youth entrepreneurship, which not only nurtures young talent to create economic opportunities for all, but also spurs change and ensures inclusive development in the country.