MEND Afghanistan is an initiative by Afghan youth from different backgrounds and experiences, who felt an urge to make a difference. In MEND, we propose introducing Afghan youth, businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs to social entrepreneurship through workshops and training. Our social entrepreneurship trainings are based on awareness, builds capacity and engages businesses in sustainable development of Afghan society. We are working together to plant the seed of social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Afghanistan, where we can have positive changes in the society through peer work.
To introduce and promote social entrepreneurship across the country, leading to long-term social and economic prosperity of Afghanistan.
To address fundamental economic and social issues through researches and solving these concerns by propounding consultation for social enterprises; promoting social communities through training and Social Entrepreneurship Academy, conferences and capability building programs that leads to a sustainable future. This includes building resources, that enables Afghan change-makers to stand-out and become beyond better and bring significant change in society.
Social Entrepreneurship is the Process of creating value by bringing together a unique package of resources to exploit an opportunity, in pursuit of high social returns. Social entrepreneurship and social innovation have, in the past decade, garnered particular attention from policy makers, academics, practitioners, and general public worldwide. Both are important tools to tackle social challenges and to respond to them when the market and the public sector do not. The unparalleled challenges at global, national and territorial levels demand new strategies and tools to successfully address them. The market and the state cannot, on their own, regulate and solve all problems. New approaches are needed to tackle major social issues, “most especially in the presence of the systematic retreat of the governments from the provision of public goods in the face of new political ideologies that stress citizens’ self-sufficiency and give primacy to market-driven models of welfare”
Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One®,a business model that helps a person in need with every product purchased. A simple idea has grown into a global movement: TOMS Shoes has provided over 60 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 400,000 since 2011 and TOMS Roasting Company has helped provide over 335,000 weeks of safe water since launching in 2014. In 2015, TOMS Bag Collection was founded with the mission to help providing training for skilled birth attendants and distribute birth kits containing items that help a woman safely deliver her baby. As of 2016, TOMS has supported safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers. TOMS humble beginnings happened unintentionally. While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Blake witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary: to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations. Blake's vision soon turned into the simple business idea that provided the powerful foundation for TOMS.
MEND 2017 Conference will introduce social entrepreneurship to Afghan Businesses and corporations. The main goal in MEND 2017 is to empower Afghan Businesses to create a network, so that the businesses could press on social issues like governmental transparency and accountability, human rights, social and economic empowerment. MEND 2017 also aims to connect businesses and social activists across the country so they can collaborate on country sustainable development and wellbeing today – not tomorrow.