SEED Malawi National Dialogue Forum 2019
Leveraging Entrepreneurship for a Climate-Smart and Socially Inclusive Southern Africa
Event: SEED Malawi National Dialogue Forum
Event Date: 24th October 2019
City, Country: Lilongwe, Malawi
Southern Africa continues to face challenges in addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation needs alongside objectives for sustainable and inclusive economic development. Malawi’s long-term development aims, outlined in Vision 2020 and currently operationalised by the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III, aim at building a resilient and productive nation through sustainable economic growth, characterised by reduced gender inequalities and sustainably managed natural resources. These national objectives translate international goals such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement into national strategies for development and National Determined Contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Small and growing enterprises that directly address environmental and social issues through their business models are essential contributors to achieving these goals in Malawi and the Southern Africa region. Climate-smart and socially inclusive enterprises provide market-based solutions that help to enhance the climate change adaptation and mitigation capacities of the Malawian economy and society. Entrepreneurship bears immense potential to drive the transition to a green and inclusive economy while empowering the capacities of marginalised groups, including women and rural communities. However, many small and growing enterprises are unable to start-up and scale-up in light of significant barriers to accessing tailored business development services and long-term financing solutions.
From Challenges to Sustainable Development Opportunities
The SEED Malawi National Dialogue Forum 2019 will bring together around 100 entrepreneurs, policymakers, financial institutions, business development service providers and others to celebrate the journeys of eco-inclusive enterprises and collaboratively mobilise support for building the capacities of socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable entrepreneurship in the region, while exploring key questions together including:
How can aspiring female entrepreneurs and female-led enterprises be better supported through targeted business development services? How are exemplary enterprises in the region innovating climate-smart products and services that deliver combined economic, social and environmental benefits? How can ecosystem actors (policy-makers, financiers and others) advocate for and strengthen the impacts of socially inclusive and climate-smart entrepreneurship?
Highlights of the National Dialogue Forum
Through hands-on, collaborative formats and a diverse mix of stakeholders, the Malawi National Dialogue Forum will explore major themes relating to the role of entrepreneurship across sectors in achieving core development aims, including for gender equality and sustainable resource management.
Panel and Roundtable Discussions celebrate the impacts and potential of climate-smart and socially inclusive entrepreneurship in Malawi’s green, inclusive economy transition.
Interactive Parallel Sessions provide a platform to discuss and co-create strategies and instruments for promoting eco-inclusive entrepreneurship in sustainable development agendas.
Enterprise and Policy Instruments Exhibition showcases effective entrepreneurial approaches and policy instruments to drive sustainable development and climate action.
SEED Awards Ceremony honours outstanding eco-inclusive enterprises from the region and invites them to share their enterprise journeys.
The event is part of the implementation of “Advancing the Transition to Inclusive Green Economies in Southern Africa through Eco-Inclusive Enterprise Development”, a project supported by the Government of Flanders.
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