Euclid Network is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) to drive positive change. EN uses the UN SDG framework to identify members key focus areas and tailor support to address weaknesses, priorities, and gaps. To ensure this is done to be best of our ability, EN is continuously gathering information on members’ beneficiaries, type of support and challenges in providing support.
Join us in reviewing the latest results of the Annual Membership Consultation 2022-2023
EN members support primarily other organisations. As seen below, 94% of respondents provide support to NGOs, Social Enterprises and Government Agencies. Looking further into the segmentation, social enterprises represent the target beneficiary of 88% of these respondents, followed by civil society organisations (72) and social enterprise support organisations (72%)
Social enterprises take up different legal forms across Europe, depending on the enabling legal framework and the foreseen advantage of choosing a different legal form. This consideration may impact how EN members categorise their beneficiaries.
For the first time, EN sought to find out the degree of involvement of EN members beneficiaries in the decision making at the social enterprise support organisation (SESO) level. EN was pleased to find out that over one third (36%) of respondents indicated that members and beneficiaries are ‘involved’ or ‘very involved’ in the decision- making processes.
Similarly, 100% of respondents indicated that their members/ beneficiaries are involved in the production processes and services. And 50% of respondents indicated their members and beneficiaries are ‘very involved’ and ‘involved’ in their production processes.
A trend observed in previous reports, regarding ‘Reach of Support: Growth stages’ was proven true for the year 2022-2023. EN members provide support to social enterprises/impact-driven businesses across all stages of growth, from Seed Stage to Late Implementation.
Also concerning ‘Reach of Support’, EN has sought to map the geographical levels of operation of different SESOs, to understand if they operate locally, nationally and/or internationally. SESOs are most likely to offer support nationally (94%), complemented with a focus on the regional/provincial (59%), city (62%), or community (38%) levels.
Support to SEs beyond the national level can be seen as a secondary objective to some SESOs, though still an important one, with 62% of respondents also active at the European level (including the European level and the European and neighbouring country level).
Type of support provided by SESOs to their beneficiaries is also important for Euclid Network to understand what capacity these intermediary organisations need in order to successfully support the development of the social Entrepreneurship ecosystems where they operate. EN members provide support to their members and beneficiaries in a variety of ways. 97% of respondents provide support via networking activities, followed by 82% via capacity-building and 82% through knowledge exchange.
In line with last year’s results, impact measurement and management (IMM) activities are a growing focus of SESOs. There is interest in further developing their team capacity and building the capacity of their members and beneficiaries for measuring their own impact.
Stay tuned for the next deep-dives!