Knowledge Exchange and Knowledge Development for Sustainable social Entrepreneurship in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pakistan (055) | Year 2

The main aim of this 3-year project is “To develop anda Knowledge Exchange Partnership for sustainable social entrepreneurship and small business in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pakistan. There are 3 main objectives of this project:

  • Identify and explore areas for collaboration and partnership for appropriate, relevant and local knowledge creation through the transfer of existing knowledge via curriculum development, joint research, training for capacity building and faculty exchange in the fields of social entrepreneurship.
  • Develop and promote a sustainable knowledge economy ecosystem by building the entrepreneurial knowledge management capacity of the KP based Small/MediumBusiness Enterprises (SMEs), Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), business and trade associations and women’s entrepreneurial development associations.  We intend to capitalize on tacit entrepreneurial knowledge (Case studies), disseminating the existing knowledge (knowledge product exchanges), building their capacities for reusing entrepreneurial knowledge (knowledge sharing seminars and workshops) and explicit knowledge transfer through entrepreneurial career development advocacy.
  • Develop and promote a knowledge sharing platform (through entrepreneurial knowledge transfer (Via networking/communication) and entrepreneurial knowledge storage) to facilitate outreach for improving management practice of SMEs and social enterprises.

A) Workshop # 1 (Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship for Female Entrepreneurs)

Project Head – Dr. Sohail Younis

Co-investigator – Dr. Muhammad Nouman

Workshop Facilitator – Ms. Laila Durrani

Venue: Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), Peshawar

Date: 24th August 2016

Workshop Duration: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description:

The workshop was organized by a team of the management students which works under the supervision of Dr Sohail Younis, in collaboration with the British Council, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, and National Productivity Office (NPO). The students of the team are enrolled in MS-Management Programme and BBA Programme of Institute of Management Sciences. The reported workshop is the first workshop amidst the second year of the three years project on ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ (British Council funded).

The aim of the workshop was to align the skills of the female entrepreneurs with that of the needs of the society. Moreover, it was to impart the innovative and creative techniques that could be employed in the social domain of the businesses of the female entrepreneurs. All in all, the workshop aimed to create a mutual collaboration where the facilitators, academicians, host team and female social entrepreneurs could learn through mutual learning and networking. A sum total of 25 female social entrepreneurs attended the workshop.

The Main topics that were covered in the 1st workshop are mentioned as follow:

  • Introduction to the Project (Social Entrepreneurship) by Dr. Muhammad Sohail Yunis.
  • Exploring the Concept of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • Applied Innovation and Creativity in Social Entrepreneurship.

At the end of the workshop, Director IMSciences Dr. Muhammad Mohsin Khan delivered a closing speech and distributed certificates among the participants.

B) 3 Day Training (The Art of Social Entrepreneurship – Creating a Better Society by creating social Entrepreneurs)

Project Head – Dr. Sohail Younis

Co-investigator – Dr. Muhammad Nouman

Workshop Facilitator – Ms. Laibah Amjad & Mr. Asad Ashfaq

Venue: Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), Peshawar

Date: 25-27th April 2017

Workshop Duration: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description

The TOT (Training of Trainers) was organized by a team of the management students which works under the supervision of Dr Sohail Younis, in collaboration with the British Council, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, and National Productivity Office (NPO). The stated training is the second activity of the second year of the three years project. The students of the team are enrolled in BBA Programme and BSc Economics Programme of Institute of Management Sciences. The aim of the training was to train the youth so that they could learn the different challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and how they can change those challenges into opportunities. All in all it was a very interactive session between the facilitators and the participants through different activities and games so that they could learn through mutual collaboration and network. A sum total of 26 participants attended the workshop.

Day 1st Topics:

  • Introduction to the Project (Social Entrepreneurship) by Dr. Muhammad Sohail Yunis.
  • The introduction of the Participants and Defining the Social Problems.
  • The Perfect Entrepreneurs Game.
  • Dragons Den Activity for Social Enterprises.

Day 2 Topics:

  • How to Solve Unemployment Issue with the help of Digital World.
  • Basics of Freelancing
  • Account & Gig making on Fiverr.
  • The importance of Social Media Marketing.
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • Google Plus
    • Instagram
    • StumbleUpon
    • Pinterest.

Day 3 Topics:

  • Plan for Social Enterprises Activity: The participants took a lot of interest in this activity as they had to be very creative. The plans were:
    • Students Service Portal
    • Automobile repair services
    • Garbage cleaner
    • Clean water
    • Matching students with universities.
  • Real-life Story of a Social Enterprise.
    • Ran’aa School & Welfare Trust.

At the end, Director IMSciences, Dr. Muhammad Mohsin Khan delivered a closing speech and distributed certificates among the participants. A group photo was also taken.

C) 3 Day Training # 2 (The Art of Social Entrepreneurship – Creating a Better Society by creating social Entrepreneurs)

Project Head – Dr. Sohail Younis

Co-investigator – Dr. Muhammad Nouman

Workshop Facilitator – Ms. Laibah Amjad, Mr. Asad Ashfaq

Venue: Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), Peshawar

Date: 3-5th May 2017

Workshop Duration: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description:

This TOT (Training of Trainers) was in series to the first TOT which was organized by a team of the management students which works under the supervision of Dr. Sohail Younis, in collaboration with the British Council, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, and National Productivity Office (NPO). The stated training is the second activity of the second year of the three years project. The students of the team are enrolled in BBA Programme and BSc Economics Programme of Institute of Management Sciences. The aim of the training was to train the youth so that they could learn the different challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and how they can change those challenges into opportunities. All in all, it was a very interactive session between the facilitators and the participants through different activities and games so that they could learn through mutual collaboration and network. A sum total of 24 participants attended the workshop.

Day 1st Topics:

  • Introduction to the Project (Social Entrepreneurship) by Dr. Muhammad Sohail Yunis.
  • The introduction of the Participants and Defining the Social Problems.
  • Introductory Speech of Dr. Nouman with the Participants.
  • The Perfect Entrepreneurs Game.
  • Training Skills.

Day 2nd Topics:

  • Dragons Den Activity for Social Enterprises.
  • The importance of Social Media Marketing.
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • Google Plus
    • Instagram
    • StumbleUpon
    • Pinterest.
  • Real-life Story of a Social Enterprise.
  • How to Solve Unemployment Issue with the help of Digital World.
  • Basics of Freelancing
  • Account & Gig making on Fiverr.

Day 3rd Topics:

  • Plan for Social Enterprises Activity: The participants took a lot of interest in this activity as they had to be very creative. The plans were:
    • Water purification through solar (Thermal) energy
    • Khkula – A social enterprise for the females of Rural Areas
    • Stress free life
    • Women’s Lounge
    • Smiles
  • A Panel discussion on training and the 3 days spent.

At the end, Director IMSciences, Dr. Muhammad Mohsin Khan delivered a closing speech and distributed certificates among the participants. A group photo was also taken.

D) One day Seminar on Exploring the drivers of Social Entrepreneurship in Khyber Pukhtonkhuwa

Project Head – Dr. Sohail Younis

Co-investigator – Dr. Muhammad Nouman

Workshop Facilitator – Dr. Sohail Younis

Venue: Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), Peshawar

Date: 19th May, 2017

Workshop Duration: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Workshop Title: Exploring the drivers of Social Entrepreneurship in Khyber Pukhtonkhuwa.

Description:

A One-day Seminar was organized by a team of management students who work under the supervision of Dr Sohail Younis, in collaboration with the British Council, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, and National Productivity Office (NPO). The students of the team are enrolled in BBA Programme and BSc Economics Programme of Institute of Management Sciences.

The reported seminar is the 4th activity amidst the second year of the three years project on ‘Social Entrepreneurship’. The aim of this seminar was to know about the various challenges and barriers that the social entrepreneurs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are facing and how they will tackle those challenges. All in all, it was a very interactive session between the facilitator and the participants through different activities and panel discussions. A sum total of 22 Social Entrepreneurs from different parts of the industry attended the seminar.

E) Promotion of activities on website and Social Media

Event Promotion on IMSciences Official Website

Event Promotion on IMSciences Official Website

Event Promotion on Social Media Pages

Official Social Entrepreneurship Project Page on Facebook

Posting Our Activity Updates on Social Media

Social Media Campaign on Twitter

(F): Progress against outputs

As for curriculum development, from last two years project team has been able to involve different stakeholders including faculty, students (from IMSciences and other local universities), and local entrepreneurs through this project. A detailed input has been taken from the stakeholders to incorporate their views in curriculum development. More specifically, a 48 credit hours course is introduced in BBA Entrepreneurship (outline attached annexure A ) and  social entrepreneurship is incorporated in MS Management 24 credit hours course (in advance reading in Management)

 

As for joint empirical research during the first year of the project, both IMSciences and Robert Gordon University colleagues agreed to explore drivers of social entrepreneurs in KP. This year data through semi-structured interviews were collected from 17 social entrepreneurs. The main theme from the interview included understanding the individual and institutional (regulatory, cognitive and normative) drivers and barriers of Social Entrepreneurship.

 

To get in-depth and appropriate contextual understanding of the research and empirical data, a research workshop and a seminar were conducted in the second year of the project. 1st an exclusive workshop (See Annexure b) was held on 24th August 2016, which focused on the creativity and innovation of current female social entrepreneurs and aligning their skills with the society (See annexure for details). Similarly, 2nd a Seminar (SeeAnnexuree C and D) was conducted on 19 May 2017. The aim of this seminar was to explore about the various challenges and barriers that the social entrepreneurs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are facing and how to tackle those challenges.

Qualitative & Quantitative Impact (Outcome)

Qualitative:

  • A Worksop was held on the 24th August 2016 on “Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship – Rewiring the thinking box of Female Entrepreneurs”. The main focus of this one-day workshop was to align the skills of the female entrepreneurs with that of the needs of the society. Moreover, it was to impart the innovative and creative techniques that could be employed in the social domain of the businesses of the female entrepreneurs. (Qualitative Impact: Awareness and women empowerment, promotions of issue through social media i.e Facebook, blog and website)
  • A series of two TOTs (Training of Trainers) was held from the 25th – 27th May, 17 and another from 3rd – 5th may, 17. People from different institutes were trained to become trainers further in the light of social entrepreneurship. A total of 50 participants were trained. (Qualitative Impact: Awareness and youth empowerment, capacity building, snowball effect of the project and promotions of issue through social media i.e. Facebook, blog, and website) 
  • Another seminar was held on the19th May 2017 on “Exploring the drivers of Social Entrepreneurship in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”. The aim of this seminar was to know about the various challenges and barriers that the social entrepreneurs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa face and how to tackle those challenges. A sum of 22 existing social entrepreneurs from industry and academia attended this seminar. (Qualitative Impact: Stakeholder Engagement, promotions of issue through Social media i.e. Facebook, blog, website and local Electronic media)
  • Wider interest of students to explore concept through thesis research.

Quantitative:

  • A complete 48 credit hours course on social entrepreneurship introduced at BBA in Entrepreneurship specialization.
  • Two MS Management Students adopted social entrepreneurship as their thesis research topic.
  • A total of 110 participants attended the four sessions ( 1 workshop, 2 pieces of training, and 1 seminar):
    • Session 1: 25 participants.
    • Session 2: 30 participants.
    • Session 3: 30 Participants.
    • Session 4: 25 participants.
  • Students came up with the 10 practical ideas of solving various social problems of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the second and third session.
  • 10 ideas along with a business plan in the second session.
  • More than 10 social entrepreneurs were actually not aware that they come under the umbrella of social entrepreneurship, but after attending these workshops and seminar, they came to know that their enterprise comes in the category of Social Enterprise.
  • Participants of TOTs have started giving training in various institutes and are creating more trainers.
  • Project was promoted one a blog ( Annexure F )and through local TV news channel ( Khyber News) to wider Audience
  • One participant (details included in the case study) initiated social enterprise.

 

Author: Asad Ashfaq

Asad Ashfaq is a Professional Blogger, An Entrepreneur, SEO Consultant and Trainer working online for last 3 years on the internet and managing several successful websites. He is Also Running his Pickle Company with the Name of Pekhawar Spice.

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