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Member-Led Session: Transformative Ventures: Exploring Collaborative Social Entrepreneurship Models

June 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

The social and solidarity economy (SSE) can be a powerful driver of social justice and sustainable development. In this panel discussion led by COSV, learn how emerging social enterprise models in Lebanon can help you find ways to amplify the social and economic impact of your work.

Date: June 11, 2024
Time: 15:00 – 16:15 EEST • 08:00 – 09:15 EDT
Location: Online




Our next Member-Led Session comes to you from COSV, a nonprofit association that three years ago founded CoProfit, a benefit corporation focused on social, sustainable, and inclusive development and an AFF member.

In March 2024, COSV, Oxfam, and the Beyond Group completed their Social Entrepreneurship Ecosytem (SEE) Change Project, aimed at helping individuals and social enterprises address the social and economic challenges in several regions of Lebanon. COSV’s Social Justice Incubation Program (SJIP) uses the SEE Change framework to give financial and technical support to various social enterprise initiatives. The SJIP has also produced a series of policy papers on the interplay between social and solidarity economy (SSE) initiatives and the promotion of social justice, offering invaluable insights for policymakers, practitioners, and academics invested in fostering sustainable and inclusive development.

Now, COSV wants to share these insights with you in a panel discussion convened by the Arab Foundations Forum. Titled “Transformative Ventures: Exploring Collaborative Social Entrepreneurship Models”, the 75-minute session aims to provide a comprehensive overview of emerging social entrepreneurship models in Lebanon, emphasizing the crucial role of collaboration in amplifying social and economic impact – particularly in fragile economies like Lebanon.

You will learn how these models can help advance human rights and catalyze market transformation, and will come away equipped with a clearer understanding of how to effectively target your organization’s SSE programs for maximum efficacy.

The panel is built around the findings and recommendations of two policy papers produced through the SJIP, which you may like to read in preparation for the session. “Evolving Social Justice through Solidarity Economy: Analysis of New Emerging Models of Social Entrepreneurship in Lebanon” takes an in-depth look at new models of social enterprises emerging in Lebanon, while “Transformative Synergies: Catalyzing Vocational Excellence and Social Entrepreneurship through Lebanon’s School-Enterprise Model” focuses on the challenges confronting Lebanon’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector and analyzes three distinct school models, highlighting their profound impact on the students and the community, as well as on the governance structures of public vocational institutes.

From nonprofits looking to move into a more entrepreneurial direction to donors seeking ways to amplify the impact of their investments in SSE projects, join us to learn all about new ways of making long-lasting social change.



Aisha Habli
Social Justice Incubation Program Manager, COSV
Aisha Habli is an economic development expert specializing in SME and entrepreneurship. Her 10+-year career within support platforms and SESOs includes managing programs, events, financing, research, business development, and counselling in Lebanon and within West Asia and North Africa. She holds an MSc in biomedical engineering from Rafik Hariri University and currently works for COSV Italian Development Cooperation. She lives between Istanbul and Lebanon.

Annalisa Contini
Social Solidarity Economy Senior Specialist, COSV
Annalisa Contini has an extensive background spanning over 10 years in social cooperatives and social entrepreneurship networks within the Italian landscape and in her work with the European Social Business Initiative. In 2016, she initiated her consultancy endeavors, primarily focused on international development cooperation programs aimed at advancing social entrepreneurship in the MENA Region. As founding member and current director of COSV’s social economy unit, Annalisa orchestrates programs and action-research initiatives concerning Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in regions such as Lebanon, Syria, and the Balkans. She was instrumental in establishing CoProfit, a benefit corporation whose mission revolves around fostering impact investments within the region.

Mohammad Makki
Social and Solidarity Economy Expert; Research Coordinator, COSV
Faculty Member, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)
Mohammad holds a PhD degree in sustainable development and policy. He has extensive experience in research and has published in different areas including economic public policy, digital economy, renewable energy, and sustainable development. He served as the economic department chair for six years at the Lebanese International University, conducted a series of financial mechanism reports for Lebanon to identify the possible routes for entities to perform financial transactions given the country’s failing banking sector, and generated an economic map for Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy and Trade. Beside his consultancy work, Mohammad has coached and supported many SMEs, focusing his research and activities on fostering social entrepreneurship in young economies like Lebanon and Syria.

Nibal Dahouk
Founder & CEO, 0WasteCommunity
Co-Founder, SCOPE Solidarity Cooperative of Professional Educators
Nibal Dahouk has been an educator for 23 years, focused on teaching and training teachers and other middle- and senior-leadership roles at both public and private schools in Lebanon and UAE. After 12 years abroad, she started exploring unconventional solutions back home. She started by founding the environmental initiative 0WasteCommunity, and cofounding SCOPE, an educational initiative. Currently, she is mentoring entrepreneurs on how to use their skills to the benefit of the society, the environment, and the economy.

Dr. Hafez El Zein
President, Lebanon’s National Development Committee
Dr. Hafez El Zein has been involved in medical research since 1982. Since 2020, he has served as the president of the National Development Committee (NDC), which he and four others founded in 1982. The NDC is carrying out a 10-year agricultural plan with the aim of developing a model for increasing domestic production, establishing strategic reserves, and reducing the need to import plant and animal products that are essential components of the Lebanese diet. The NDC’s objectives are to enhance societal food security and foster improved livelihood, resilience, and operational management skills among farmer families in agricultural communities in Lebanon.

David Sacca
Architect and Humanitarian Consultant
David Sacca is an architect with over two decades of international experience in the humanitarian field. His expertise includes working in shelter programs with a neighborhood approach, community mediation and social integration, conflict analysis, and strategic vision development. David’s work advocates for community engagement and empowerment while developing programs that promote resilience as well as active and inclusive citizenship. In 2022, he co-founded a neighborhood initiative in Geitawi (Beirut, Lebanon) called “Liqaa”, which brings residents together to collaborate on public space maintenance and community-driven activities, cultivate a sense of belonging and civic engagement, boost local businesses, and promote eco‐sustainability and cultural heritage.




Questions? Please contact Walid Nagi, Network and Relationships Director.

We look forward to having you join us,

The AFF Team



June 11
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Event Category:




Arab Foundations Forum
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