Belgrade, September 9 – 10, 2021 – 8th Social Innovations Forum, our annual event dedicated to the development of social economy, gathered in September in Belgrade 120 participants – representatives of social enterprises, social economy development organizations and experts from the Western Balkans and the wider Europe.

This year’s SIF slogan Interact. Inspire. Impact. summed up perfectly everything that awaited us during the two days of the program. Through 11 panel discussions, interactive workshops and know-how cafes, attendees had the chance to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices across sectors with more than 40 speakers. Conference participants had the opportunity to buy products from SEs at Social Enterprise Marketplace and enjoy other SEs products and services from all conference’s suppliers. SIF2021 also featured a variety of workshops intended for young and social entrepreneurs who want to start or improve their business. The large attendance of the conference showed us that, even during current times, relations with the ones who share the same values and are committed to advance the social economy are even stronger.

This year’s conference was organized by Smart Kolektiv and Pulse (SOS Group). SIF2021 was organized as part of the Framework for Giving project, funded by USAID, and implemented by the Coalition for Giving, led by the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation. Other Coalition members are the Trag Foundation, Catalyst Balkans, Smart Kolektiv, the Serbian Philanthropy Forum, the Responsible Business Forum and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

RISE regional forum was part of RISE – Regional Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs, which is developed and monitored by the Consortium consisting of RYCO, Pulse (SOS Group), SEEYN, the Institut Français, and the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), and supported by the Agence Française de Développement and Regional Youth Cooperation Office.