SEWF 2019 Australian Bursary Fund

We’re looking for up to 20 of our current and emerging Australian social enterprise leaders to explore "local traditions and fresh perspectives" at the Social Enterprise World Forum 2019, in Addis Ababa

The SEWF is the leading forum for international exchange and collaboration in social entrepreneurship and social investment. It is the main platform for learning, sharing of good practice, ideas and creating partnerships for the social enterprise sector. This is a historic occasion as it is the first time the SEWF will be held in an emerging market economy.

The British Council is hosting the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2019 in Addis Ababa on 23 – 25 October 2019. As the forum enters its second decade, hosting it in Ethiopia provides a unique opportunity to create a truly global social enterprise movement that can share experience, build networks and deliver solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future for all.

Announcing the SEWF 2019 Bursary Fund

A partnership between Philanthropy Australia, the English Family Foundation and Social Traders has been formed to develop the SEWF 2019 Bursary Fund. Just as for the 2017 bursary fund these partners are collaborating to realise the incredible opportunity presented by SEWF 2019.

If you meet the below criteria you have until June 30 to apply for a SEWF 2019 support package to the value of AUD$5,000.

This package will assist with airfares, accommodation and ticketing for the SEWF 2019 hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In addition to the core SEWF programme there is potential for a study tour to be organised incorporating visits to key social enterprises in and around Ethiopia (and potentially Kenya), the details of which will be finalised to meet the needs of the successful recipients. This may include pre or post SEWF 2019 symposiums on a co-contribution basis. Several roundtables will be held with philanthropy and the broader sector after the event to share the key learnings.


To ensure the Fund is distributed where it will most maximise impact, applicants will be required to meet the below criteria:

  • Are an Australian citizen, or, have the legal right to work in Australia
  • Individuals must either be working in a social enterprise or within the Australian social enterprise ecosystem
  • Through strong leadership, demonstrate active contribution to building the capability and depth of this social enterprise sector (either at a State or National level), in a practical and tangible manner
  • Leadership must be demonstrated over and above the work within their own organisation

Importantly, all Bursary Fund recipients must agree to meet the below expectations:

  • Active social media presence during SEWF 2019 – at least daily posts on your social media channels, contribution to any onsite Australia social media presence (including but not limited to Impact Boom podcasts and guest blog posts, Digital StoryTellers clips, etc)
  • Share learnings post SEWF 2019 with your networks, broader social enterprise sector and philanthropy in agreed manner (such as participate in PA roundtable, contribute a blog post to ST, share learnings via an Impact Boom webinar etc.)
  • Actively participate in your own State based social enterprise network and from this platform encourage the establishment of a national social enterprise strategy and agenda
  • Importantly – take on the role of Social Enterprise Ambassador for the Australian SEWF bid. This role involves assisting the SEWF Working Party to enter a successful bid (including but not limited to participating in the pitch videos, sharing their stories and aspirations of bringing SEWF to Australia and leveraging this in their conversations key influencers whilst at the SEWF 2019)

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Importance to a future Australian SEWF Bid

A working party has now been formed to work on a bid to bring the SEWF to Brisbane at a future date. This would provide Australia with an opportunity to showcase our incredible social enterprise sector to the world and will be a vital step towards igniting momentum in the sector and driving forward a national strategy.

Each bursary recipient will take on the role of Social Enterprise Ambassador for any future Australian SEWF bid. This role involves assisting the SEWF Bid Working Party to enter a successful bid by playing a key role in the pitch video, sharing their stories and aspirations of bringing SEWF to Australia and leveraging this in their conversations with key influencers whilst at the SEWF 2019.

Details of the SEWF 2019 Australian Bursary Fund

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Belinda Morrissey
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English Family Foundation


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