Towards global solutions

This CAS follows the idea of project-based learning. The participants get the opportunity to test and execute the contents of the course directly on real-time projects in social enterprises around the world. The CAS is designed for leaders of social initiatives and nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and enterprises that target global challenges of our society (e.g. child health, education, migration, etc.). The need for intercultural co-operation, innovative projects and new thinking demands for leaders who adapt quickly to new circumstances and are able to overcome cultural differences.

Seminar dates 2020/2021

Detailed schedule

Registration deadline: August 21, 2020

Explorer fee: CHF 8'700

Pioneers: may apply for a scholarship until February 2, 2020

Certification: Certificate of Advanced Studies of University of Basel (16 ECTS)

Most valuable were the learnings in intercultural teamwork, leadership and personal development. As a result of the course, I am better able to work with visionary leaders to achieve true impact in business and society.

Dominique Zygmont, Head of Political Affairs at Swissmem / Member of Parliament, City of Zurich, Switzerland

What you achieve

In this course, you learn and improve your skills as a leader of projects and initiatives. International academic and field experts provide you with profound knowledge on innovation management, social innovation, business development, global governance, and impact measurement.

In intense team collaboration, mentored by experts, you learn and understand how social initiatives are planned, managed and implemented in a developing or emerging country. This brings new perspectives and skills into your own organization, be it a nonprofit organization, a social business or a corporate CSR unit. The in-depth theoretical training is complemented by real-world deployment, offering you insights and experiences that you can never learn from a book.

This combination of theoretical education and concrete local engagement is a unique opportunity in education in social entrepreneurship on University level.

Target group

The course brings together participants with existing or emerging social business ideas from developing countries and participants from developed countries. Pioneers are leaders of social initiatives from emerging and developing countries, working in the areas of health care or with children. Explorers are experienced persons from developed countries working in nonprofits, foundations, or business corporations.

[Translate to English:] Robert Schmuki

Robert Schmuki
Head Executive Education & Knowledge Transfer
Steinengraben 22
4051 Basel

Tel: 061 207 56 26

Program supported by

[Translate to English:] Logo Fondation Botnar
«kuniSMART», Tanzania: The project aims at helping teenage mothers by training them, employing them, and finally improving the health of them and the communities around them. They do so by involving them in the production of eco-briquettes, an alternative to traditional wood that they use for cooking, which produces less smoke and can be made out of household waste. The GSE-team around founder Bernard Makachia have successfully secured funding for the first machines that they use to produce the bricks, delivered training on-site (both hard-skills, such as handling the machines, and soft-skills, such as sales training) and worked with the Business Model Canvas to create a plan to secure sustainable funding for the project.
«IMPACT», Morocco: This start-up was developed and founded during the course. The founder, Oumaima Mhjir, wanted to create a social incubator to enable young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to get tools and training to develop their business ideas. The GSE project team around her managed to find a suitable space and, during their on-site visit, hold a co-creation workshop with key stakeholders, to develop the curriculum for the incubator. Based on this, they designed an 8-phases-model for participants of the incubator. The first cohort of young entrepreneurs is supposed to start in November 2019 and the goal is eventually connecting IMPACT to the global ImpactHub-network.
«platohedro», Colombia: Platohedro is a community program that offers artist residencies, art workshops, and kids and youth programs in a poor area of Medellin, that experiences a high crime and drug abuse rate. This project has been running for almost fifteen years, but was struggling to adapt to the quick growth of the program and develop a financing and strategical plan for the future. The GSE-team around Lina Meija, the founder of the project, has started a strategy process with the entire platohedro-Team to create a five-year-plan and give them tools to strategically develop existing projects to be self-sustainable and prioritize their programmes and tasks. They also offered strategic advice and training in the area of generation relay.

Module 1: Entrepreneurship for Nonprofits

online, flexible start – September 21, 2020

This module provides the theoretical basis for the social business project. You learn the interrelations between organizational theory, financing models, social entrepreneurship, innovation and impact measurement. All courses are online and can be attended globally.

Module 2: Business Development

University of Basel, September 21 – 24, 2020 (4 days)

Presentation of the business models of the “Pioneers”, design thinking and business model canvas, innovation management and behavioral economics.

Module 3: Remote Coaching & Capacity Building

Remote & University of Basel, November 12 – 13, 2020 (2 days)

Combination of guided project preparation and classroom work in Basel on business coaching and leadership, as preparation for the on-site module for the “Explorers”. Online integration of “Pioneers”.

Module 4: On-site Implementation

February 2021 (5-7 days)

The project teams join the social initiatives of the “Pioneers” in their country, realization of planned project, teams supported by local coaches.

Module 5: Evaluation

University of Basel, April 19 – 20, 2021 (2 days)

First evaluation of project development and lessons learnt for the “Explorers”. Online integration of “Pioneers”.

Nathalie Buschor
Founder, Coach/ConsultantBuschor Coaching&ConsultingZurich
Jasper BouwsmaFounder, CEOVujàdé Bienne
Dr. Sibel Gürler
Head, Statehood program
and Business & Peace
Cintia JaimeFounder, Social EntrepreneurFondation SapoCycleBasel
Robert Schmuki Head Executive Education & Knowledge transfer

University of Basel, Center for Philanthropy Studies

Prof. Dr. Georg von Schnurbein Director & Associate ProfessorUniversity of Basel, Center for Philanthropy StudiesBasel