Trickle Out, based at Queen's University Management School, is a research project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) examining social and environmental enterprises in Eastern and Southern Africa. The project considers the role and potential contribution of such enterprises to sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

The primary objectives of this study are to:
  1. Identify examples of social and environmental enterprises in the Southern Africa Development and Eastern Africa Community.
  2. Explore and evaluate the role that these enterprises may play as a mechanism to 'trickle out' social, environmental and economic benefits to community groups economically considered to be at the 'base/bottom of the pyramid'.

The directory of enterprises, which will span 19 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, is yet to be completed. However, once it is created it will provide a unique, free and publicly available web resource. Searchable information will be available on thousands of social and environmental enterprises from across Southern and Eastern Africa. Data will be provided on the name and location of registered enterprises, there will be a description of their activities, and if available a contact email address or phone number.

There are 4 ways in which you can register for the Trick Out Directory:
  • If you are a single entrepreneur providing environmental goods and/or services working just for yourself.
  • If you represent a social or environmental enterprise, or an NGO involved in enterprise activities.
  • If you represent a co-operative or membership association helping social or environmental enterprises to trade.
  • If you represent a donor/aid agency or support organisation helping social or environmental enterprises.

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