On October 24-27, 2016, USAID RESPOND Project conducted a workshop on business model validation for 14 representatives from six Ukrainian HIV-service NGOs. Four of participating NGOs have already launched their social enterprises with the technical support from RESPOND and expressed the need to train more staff. 2 of the NGOs have recently joined the initiative and are still at the stage of validating their business ideas.
In fall 2015, RESPOND launched a pilot initiative to support HIV-service NGOs in the development of social enterprises as alternative revenue source through trainings, mentoring, an international exchange, and connection to investment opportunities. These NGOs will present their social ventures at the Civil Society Capacity Development forum to be held in Kyiv in November 2016.
Photos from the event are available by this link.