Working with The Challenges Group, Vision Aid Overseas led a 2-day Social Enterprise Workshop in Accra, Ghana


Vision impairment is a major public health issue in Ghana and 95% of all people who need glasses are currently unable to access the services they need. At the end of January 2019, Vision Aid Overseas was supported by The Challenge Group, an international development consultancy that specialises in working with small and medium-sized enterprises, to deliver a two-day workshop to explore how social enterprise and entrepreneurship can be used to address this unmet need.

The workshop was attended by over 40 delegates from many different diverse backgrounds, including Ghanaian and International NGOs, Ghanaian and international social enterprises, government, private sector, British Council and private opticians. All participants were very engaged, and their wealth of experience led to some very interesting and insightful discussions.

 

Working together, we identified and attempted to address some of the existing barriers and opportunities around meeting the need for affordable spectacles in Ghana, including the different ways we could use existing methods/facilities to distribute services. Furthermore, we shared learning from existing social enterprises both within Ghana and from other countries and started to develop ideas as to what social enterprise will look like in the Ghana eye health space.

Lutuf Abdul-Rahman, Country Director for Ghana, said;

We are very pleased with the outcomes of our Social Enterprise Workshop and are grateful to everyone who attended and for their engagement over the two-days. We are excited to move forward with these developments in planning how we best use social enterprise to help deliver our work in Ghana

 

Vision Aid Overseas is currently working as part of the Ghana Vision Consortium alongside Vision For A Nation Foundation and Operation Eyesight Universal, to develop a programme with the Ghana Health Service to strengthen eye health services in the Central Region of Ghana, with hopes to sustainably scale this up nationwide. The programme will include the Social Enterprise model developed at the workshop.

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