Since 2017, The General Assembly of the United Nations, in recognition of the importance of Micro, Small and Medium-sized enterprises set aside the 27th of June to celebrate them and the role they play in local and global economies. These enterprises normally employ fewer than 250 people and are the strength of most economies in developing countries and worldwide.

Also to mark this day, a social sector networking event was held at the Ford Foundation, Lagos. The event which holds quarterly brought together relevant change-makers with the purpose of building social sector intelligence around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Connect, Share and Learn in order to yield greater collaboration for Africa’s development.

Social sector networking event

The social sector networking event is a platform for individuals and organizations in the social sector and NGO space to meet, with the aim of encouraging partnership opportunities. It is organized once every quarter by Young Adult Professionals and Entrepreneurs and Philanthropy Circuit and supported by Ford Foundation and The Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation.

Social sector networking event

Some of the organizations that were represented include Enough Is Enough Foundation, Leap Africa Foundation, Third Sector Development, Admirable Ladies Foundation, Nigeria Network of NGOs, Institute For Work And Family Integration, Junior Achievers Nigeria, Tutelage Educational Services among many others. The Executive Director of The Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation, Funke Shonekan anchored the event.

There was a speed networking session where participants exchanged contacts, shared ideas and explored opportunities for partnership towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals before 2030.

Chris Ogunbanjo

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