Social Economy Development Foundation

Mission: to contribute at the sustainable development of the disadvantaged communities in Central and SE Europe by supporting the social economy structures in the region.


Our direct stakeholders we are providing support and creating opportunities are the social entrepreneurs and companies or institutions that by their social responsibility programs are addressing social enterprises.
SEDF has organized first social businesses exchange in Romania and offers pro bono support for social entrepreneurs from SW Romania in a social businesses incubator in Craiova.

Description of proposed activity or project

We intend to make a project for the development of several rural Romanian communities by improving their tourist and investment attractiveness through the valorisation of their cultural heritage. In this respect we intend to organize a couple of small living museums where local cooperatives/associations of artisans to manufacture and expose their products (for the visitors of their villages) and to promote and sell the authentic traditional souvenirs in the international hotels from Bucharest (for foreigner tourists) and on a dedicated online shop (especially for the Romanian diaspora). All the products will be accompanied by short documentaries showing the technique how they where manufactured.

Type of partner/expertise sought

We are looking for partners (NGOs working with social entrepreneurs or public bodies active in the field of cultural heritage) from EEA (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) experienced in valorising the cultural heritage to teach us how to promote and sell traditional artefacts in the benefit of the artisans that created them, though the crafts not disappear.

Type of expertise/competence offered

For this project we already made the initiation phase: we have discussed with the Romanian stakeholders (authentic popular artisans and mayors of their rural communities, international hotel managers and tourism agencies, Romanians from diaspora).
SEDF has experience in establishing and developing social enterprises in Romania and in promoting social businesses by organising social businesses exchange and online through (social Too, SEDF has all necessary human resources and logistics for this project.

Organisation type

Non-governmental organization/ non-profit

Areas covered

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