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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.
 

 

Technical Assistance

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.

Expected impacts

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 :

  • employment including professional reintegration 
  • women empowerment 
  • education to children and disadvantaged young people 

 

Geographic focus

Business opportunities and social/education activities everywhere

Northern hemisphere

The financial and economic crisis of 2008 has dramatically jeopardised the living standard of a part of the population. It is the consequence of 2 factors : a rise in unemployment but what is much more worrying is the number of employees getting their life more precarious because of job uncertainty, family crumbling and weakening of the welfare state due to growing public indebtness. In the same time, banks are more reluctant to help starters in their business, etc ….

The entrepreneurship initiatives need to be encouraged in order to create new jobs.

 Southern hemisphere

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.


Balance North / South

A focus might be sought in a first stage on 2 areas, making ideally a balance between the North and the South.

Northern hemisphere

The European continent with a specific attention on 2 sub-areas :

  • the Greater Region, as a natural home-market, with the French speaking border’s side facing high unemployment rate and a low average income 
  • Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, where the living standard (or the quality of life) and social protection’s systems remains poor - without excluding countries like Greece 

Southern hemisphere

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.

 

Target-projects

The sectors to support are any activities (profit / non-profit) that :
  • take care of human health
Examples :
- farms using local resources and promoting local products, organic food ….
- sustainable forestry and water supply
- basic medical equipment / devices for first help
- information tools / training material for sensibilization of first care
- ecotourism
  • take care of everybody’s conditions of living
Examples :
- housing furniture and garment manufacturing using local resources and environment-friendly processes
- set-up of smooth mobility solutions (such as transport sharing systems at a community level)
- community-based renewable energy
- any craft activities favouring environmental/social-friendly techniques and systems
- set-up of sheltered workshops (ateliers protégés)
- services to the elderly or disabled people (delivery of meals, taxi services, household tasks, …)
  • take care of access to education, knowledge acquisition and intellectual development
Examples :
- school and training centres building programmes that support human values and a sustainable approach of live
- “second chance” vocational schools
- distribution of books and movies from from authors, producers, artists promoting sustainable values …

 

A local engagement is needed in order to get the project being adopted by the community.

 
 
 
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