Pilot Programme for Municipal Funds and Social Enterprise , (106, 000 BGN), 2002 – 2003: the project is implemented in partnership with Counterpart Int. and is funded by USAID. The objective of this pilot programme is to establish 10-15 Social Enterprises in Bulgaria, to set up a Social Enterprise Fund to ensure access to Social Enterprise funding and to publicize the practice of Social Enterprises as a means of ensuring sustainability through performing for profit activities.

These enterprises are 23 previously chosen NGOs working for the benefit of disadvantaged social groups to achieve financial independence. The participants go through a thorough organizational assessment of their capabilities and their training needs. BARDA consultants provide basic and advance long-term training which provides the NGOs with knowledge, skills and attitudes for management of the social enterprises. The previously selected NGOs also obtain one-to-one consultations in order to become more sustainable and improve the chances of survival. BARDA Executive Secretariat reports monthly, coordinates and monitors the consultation process in a way that the consultants most effectively use the technical assistance to support the development of viable Social Enterprises. Special attention is paid to setting up networks among Social Enterprises and business support organizations. For this reason the partnership network is expected to function as an open system ready to include every emerging Social Enterprise.

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