On February 23, the Middle East Youth Initiative and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government convened a group of over 40 policy makers, international donors, private sector and civil society leaders to discuss the state of social entrepreneurship and corporate social engagement in the Middle East.
As the Middle East Youth Initiative prepares to release a report on the state of social entrepreneurship and social investment in the region, the event provided the opportunity for key global stakeholders to provide feedback. Attendees represented organizations including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of State, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ashoka, Skoll Foundation, Education for Employment (EFE) Foundation, Mercy Corps, the United States Department of Labor, the Aspen Institute, and others.
“The 21st century has revalued these small geographies. That’s what the 21st century demands,” Katz said, noting that these days, “[w]e aren’t innovating in isolated business parks” in the suburbs.