SAKURA Initiative aims at supporting projects that can achieve financial and social / environmental outcomes all together. By “project” it is meant either an activity to start-up or an already existing one.
Targets are small- to medium-sized organisations, as this is the type of structures that can easily capitalize on operational efficiencies, creates jobs and reinforces social integration.
The asbl SAKURA Initiative seeks funding to provide projects with specialized technical support, on request.
On a voluntary basis, experts might intervene to provide direct advice, to design and carry out performance indicators and monitor programs to improve the performance of the supported projects.
Their intervention might be for short- or longer-term assignments, depending on the needs of the activities. But this technical support will be provided on the best effort basis, which means that in any case the experts will undertake any legal responsibility regarding the assistance delivered and outcomes.
That’s why this support is costless and the experts are not paid. The facility will be used only to cover the out-of-expenses of the experts during their missions.
The asbl SAKURA Initiative aims at encouraging any initiatives supporting or raising awareness on socially responsible projects in the field.
The support can take place by the mean of fostering volunteering. The engagement of students and professionals into missions of technical assistance is seen as extremely valuable for both the beneficiaries in the field and the individual track record of the volunteer.
The common feature of the selected projects should be their capacity to generate prosperous living conditions within a community, be it considered in its sociological definition (the family, the members of a minority, …) or in its geographical definition (a district of a town, a village, a valley, …). Prosperity can not be considered without dealing with sustainability. The major components of the sustainability are education, gender equality, environment’s care, health and economic activities taking into account all theses aspects. All in all, sustainability relates to the human security on the long term.
The more multi-dimensional the results of a project are, the closer the project to the SAKURA Initiative’s vision should be.
In this perspective, a special focus is put on themes such as :
The entrepreneurship initiatives need to be encouraged in order to create new jobs.
Rapid growth of the global economy has accelerated the degradation of the Earth’s most important asset: the environment. Facing a strong demographic rise, the South is more vulnerable that the North.
The emerging markets are particularly suffering from this as their economy is fuelled by the growing purchase power of a younger educated generation earning international standard-like salaries.In the less advanced countries – where the level of education can not be upgraded quickly – the main leverages for economic growth are still the agriculture sector, some basic industrial activities and tourism. There is a path for a sustainable growth with taking advantage of their still preserved environment , if any or with implementing strategies to prevent further environmental damages.
Everywhere creative and passionate entrepreneurs are working towards innovative market solutions or are attempting to run social initiatives that help secure the living of their surrounding community.The asbl SAKURA Initiative targets these businesses and activities that support livelihoods.
A focus might be sought in a first stage on 2 areas, making ideally a balance between the North and the South.
The European continent with a specific attention on 2 sub-areas :
South-East Asia with Vietnam and the Philippines as pillars but also neighbouring countries like Laos, Cambodia or Indonesia, where the quite safe political environment along with strong social inequalities meet conditions for developing triple-bottom-line projects.
Projects from any other regions of the world (Africa or South-America for instance) might be considered if relevant and fully compliant with the vision of the asbl SAKURA Initiative.