Social Entrepreneurs Launch Catalyst 2030 At the Covid-19 Response Meeting
The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs launched an action plan just before the United Nations General Assembly outlining strategies to support social entrepreneurs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of the 60 members of the alliance, a statement said that they call on all actors to support social entrepreneurs as frontline responders to the COVID-19 crisis and as pioneers of a green, inclusive society and economic systems.
While social entrepreneurs respond to the pandemic globally, efforts to support them going up to UNGA 75 show growing recognition of the value they can put in the immediate response and inclusive recovery. When this year began, leading social entrepreneurs created Catalyst 2030 as a strategy to harness the power of collective action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The alliance, which was introduced at the World Economic Forum in 2019’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland just before the COVID-19 pandemic affected the globe, assembles entrepreneurs who have been chosen by leading global networks such as; Echoing Green, Ashoka, the Skoll Foundation, and the Schwab Foundation for social entrepreneurship.
The Catalyst 2030 has since then been a championing voice on social entrepreneurs’ role in the COVID-19 response and the SDG agenda. Most of the social entrepreneurs behind the movement identify as “systems entrepreneurs” since they go beyond a project mentality. Instead, they apply a systems-change methodology to their work while focusing on elevating the whole sector.
While speaking to Devex, Jeroo Billimoria, a co-founder of Catalyst 2030, said that if one wants to have systems change, you have to have the people who understand the system leading it. Billimoria added that systems entrepreneurship would not take hold of the social impact sector until donors change their ways. She said that it remains more comfortable to get money for projects rather than system change.