In 2019, a small group of partner organizations convened in Amman and jointly indicated the need to establish a network where partners with a shared vision of supporting green entrepreneurs exchange ideas and develop collaboration pathways. Partners meet every 6-8 weeks to discuss current developments in the fields of green entrepreneurship in Jordan and how to strengthen the pipeline for green start-ups.
cewas took the lead in activating the Green Entrepreneurship Network Jordan as an informal network of likeminded green entrepreneurship support actors in Jordan who have programmes or relevant activities supporting green entrepreneurs. Following the same approach, cewas managed to initiate similar networks in Lebanon (2020) and Iraq (2021). The 3 networks operate as a “Community of Practice” where open exchange, joint learning and networking stand in the foreground.
Since the beginning of the networks' meetings, tens of organizations in the 3 countries were engaged in discussions that helped build their capacity, provided pipeline creation opportunities for green entrepreneurs, and produced bilateral program implementation in several cases. Two years on, the network is still informal in nature and participation remains voluntary.