SEED is returning to Morocco!

Published: 21 November 2022
In 2022, many years after SEED’s last Award in Morocco, SEED is launching new activities to support green entrepreneurs. The aim is to strengthen innovation and job creation for a more sustainable and inclusive economy in Morocco. Read more
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Driving Green Recovery Pathways in South and Southeast Asia

Published: 06 May 2022Authors: Amar Munnolimath, Christine Meyer, Jonas Restle-Steinert, Julia Rohe-Frydrych, Mirko Zürker, Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan, Supapim Wannopas
The purpose of this Driving Green Recovery Pathways in South and Southeast Asia: Insights from Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Intermediaries report is to showcase the importance of green and social MSMEs to drive Green Recovery and identify the supports that the intermediary and policy could provide. The insights in this report are derived from The Green Recovery Forum: Leveraging the contributions of MSMEs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more
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Apply now: Enterprise Advocacy Workshops by SEED-CEPA (Malawi)

Published: 20 April 2022
SEED and CEPA Malawi are calling for applications from established green and social enterprises to apply for a new capacity building program, offering a structured framework within which participants will be empowered to engage in advocacy. Read more
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Fostering the circular economy in India: Role of MSMEs

Published: 30 March 2022Authors: Abdullah Mohammed Atiq, Amar Munnolimath, Mehar Kaur, Shweta Gautam
This policy brief looks at the role of MSMEs in catalysing the circular economy in India, and puts forward some recommendations and policy solution prototypes to support and unlock circular economy entrepreneurship. The recommendations and prototypes were developed as part of the SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping in India, 2021. Read more
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The Green Recovery Forum: Leveraging the contributions of MSMEs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Published: 07 March 2022Authors: Mirko Zürker, Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan, Supapim Wannopas
The Green Recovery Forum: Leveraging the contributions of MSMEs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is a collaborative partnership between SEI, SEED, ANDE, and partners. The Forum highlights MSMEs potential and contribution to the Green Recovery, their need for support to build back economically while emphasising the MSMEs’ green and socially-inclusive approach in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more
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SEED Toolkit for Policy Prototyping (Replication)

Published: 07 December 2021Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
Toolkit used at the GO4SDGs Regional Policy Labs - a 2 day multi stage process to create policy solutions using SEED tools and experiences. Solutions are adapted with policy makers, green & social enterprises and intermediaries to address policy challenges faced by small and growing enterprises. Read more

Penguatan Pasar Hijau Lokal dengan Menghubungkan Pengadaan dengan Perusahaan Berkelanjutan | Naskah Lanskap Kebijakan Indonesia

Published: 05 October 2021Authors: Andrés Olarte Peña, Camilla Shearman, Derisko Malayu Putra, Gita Syahrani, Ivy Londa, Ristika Putri
Pemerintah Indonesia telah memberikan penekanan yang kuat pada pengembangan ekonomi lokal di seluruh negeri, dan telah menempatkan langkah-langkah penting untuk menyelaraskan pengeluaran pemerintah untuk pengadaan dengan prioritas ini. Bersamaan dengan kampanye #BanggaBuatanIndonesia untuk mendorong minat dan permintaan barang dan jasa produksi dalam negeri, Peraturan Presiden Nomor 12 Tahun 2021 tentang Pengadaan Barang dan Jasa Pemerintah (“Peraturan 12/2021”) mewajibkan Kementerian, Lembaga, dan Pemerintah Daerah untuk menggunakan setidaknya 40% anggarannya untuk mendapatkan produk dalam negeri dari usaha mikro dan koperasi. Prioritas untuk mendukung usaha mikro, kecil dan menengah (UMKM) untuk mengakses pasar melalui belanja pemerintah berpotensi mendorong upaya pemulihan ekonomi di tingkat lokal dan nasional. Read more
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GO4SDGs & SEED Regional Policy Labs

Published: 01 October 2021
Regional Policy Labs stimulate the development of innovative policy instruments that create enabling environments for green and social impact enterprises. Read more

Strengthening Local Green Markets by Linking Procurement and MSMEs | Policy Landscape Indonesia

Published: 28 September 2021Authors: Andrés Olarte Peña, Camilla Shearman, Derisko Malayu Putra, Gita Syahrani, Ivy Londa, Ristika Putri
The Indonesian government has placed a strong emphasis on the development of local economies across the country, and have put into place important steps to align government spending on procurement with this priority. Linking eco-inclusive MSMEs to public procurement opportunities can leverage the potential for MSMEs to drive local sustainable economic development through their growth. Read more
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Fostering the Circular Economy: Role of MSMEs | Policy Landscape Paper India

Published: 01 September 2021Authors: Amar Munnolimath, Camilla Shearman, Dr. Shilpi Kapur Bakshi, Mehar Kaur, Shweta Gautam
The Circular Economy (CE) policy context as it relates to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in India is essential to integrating and mainstreaming the transition to the circular economy in India. Read more
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Eco-Inclusive Enterprises Driving Green Recovery Pathways

Published: 09 July 2021Authors: Benita Rose, Mirko Zürker, Sonya Ong
This snapshot report is intended for national policy makers and shapers; global policy and finance institutions; researchers and civil society networks. Drawing on direct insights from micro, small and medium enterprises as well as eco-system support organisations, it highlights the existing support gaps, concrete examples and new opportunities for catalysing a green, inclusive recovery from COVID-19. Read more

Showcasing and replicating break-through policies for sustainability

Published: 14 June 2021
SEED piloted a new Lab format together with the GO4SDGs platform: the SEED Regional Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping. The Labs showcase innovative, breakthrough policies and policy programmes, the Labs were based on the theory of change that replication is an effective and efficient way to solve similar problems across geographies. Read more
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Effective implementation of circular economies

Published: 03 March 2021Authors: Camilla Shearman, Sonya Ong
At the 2020 SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping (PLPP) in Ghana and Thailand, multi-stakeholder groups designed support mechanisms to leverage the participation of socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable MSMEs in the circular economy. We provide recommendations based on the solutions developed to guide future circular economy policy implementation. Read more
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Promoting industrial symbiosis in green MSMEs | Ghana, Policy 2020

Published: 02 February 2021Authors: Amanda Panella, Camilla Shearman
This solution overview from PEF and GNCPC in Ghana outlines a policy prototype generated through the SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping, addressing Ghana's policy goals in relation to SMEs.  Read more

Moving towards a conducive environment for green, circular, and inclusive MSMEs in Ghana

Published: 25 January 2021Authors: Amanda Panella, Camilla Shearman, Doris Awortwi-Tandoh, Kodjo Barnor, Letitia Varney, Thomas Wiredu
This policy brief investigates how green MSMEs face challenges when accessing finance, finding markets, and navigating a dynamic policy landscape and explores how partnerships between policy makers and ecosystem players can help target support of the MSMEs and overcome these barriers.  Read more

Phasing out Single-Use Plastic (SUP): Creating a New Default | Thailand, Policy 2020

Published: 07 January 2021Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong, Supapim Wannopas
This two-page overview created from the SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping in Thailand outlines the key messages of the GIZ CAP-SEA Pilot Project on reducing single use plastics. Read more
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Achieving Smart Agriculture Potential through Efficient Data Connectivity and Management

Published: 07 January 2021Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong, Supapim Wannopas
Through the SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping Thailand 2020, ListenField presented its policy solution through providing agronomic insight for sustainable and profitable farming. Read more
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Recommendations for Supporting SMEs in the Transition to Circular Economy: A Perspective on Thailand

Published: 07 January 2021Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong, Supapim Wannopas
Discussions with stakeholders from the public and private sector, financial institutions, MSMEs and their intermediaries at the SEED Policy Lab led to a series of recommendations outlined in this two-page summary of the key messages from SEED's policy brief.  Read more

Building a Vibrant Social Enterprise Ecosystem through Partnerships | Ghana, Policy 2020

Published: 16 December 2020Authors: Amanda Panella, Camilla Shearman
Insights from discussions at the SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping pointed to three specific topics that should feature in future ecosystem efforts: integration of social enterprises into corporate value chains, support through networking, and e-commerce arrangements to bring social enterprise products and services to markets. Read more
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Supporting MSMEs for Ghana’s transition to a Circular Economy: Solutions from SEED’s Policy Lab

Published: 09 December 2020Authors: Amanda Panella, Camilla Shearman
While eco-inclusive enterprises drive the transition to a circular economy, they often face significant constraints to build and scale their businesses. Mr. Boachie highlighted that eco-inclusive MSMEs often face specific challenges based on perceived higher-than-normal risks, and a unique need for longer-term financing. Read more

MSMEs: Drivers of Green and Inclusive Economies in Thailand | Policy Landscape Paper, Thailand

Published: 01 September 2020Authors: Linde Wolters, Panramon Mahasuwan, Sonya Ong, Supapim Wannopas
As a leader in the ASEAN region, Thailand’s policy frameworks are well aligned with ASEAN initiatives, UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement. Various stakeholders including those in the MSME ecosystem are working towards achieving the Thailand 4.0 industrial policy, a long-term vision to transition the country into an innovation-based economy, with a focus on technology, creativity and services. This policy landscape paper provides a brief overview of the social and environmental impact entrepreneurial ecosystem in Thailand. It serves as the background for the Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping hosted by SEED with UNDP Thailand as strategic partner. Read more
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Leveraging the contributions of MSMEs to green growth and the circular economy in Ghana | Policy Landscape Paper

Published: 01 September 2020Authors: Camilla Shearman, Doris Awortwi-Tandoh, Julia Haack, Kodjo Barnor, Letitia Varney, Linde Wolters, Thomas Wiredu
The policy context as it relates to MSMEs in Ghana is in a state of transformation. With a new MSME Policy on the horizon that seeks to align and coordinate efforts to support this stakeholder group, it is an opportune moment to look at the social and environmental contributions of MSMEs to Ghana’s development priorities, and how policy solutions can leverage these contributions. Furthermore, as MSME activities in specific sectors – for example in the waste management sector – receive increasing attention, there is opportunity for a coordinated effort to address challenges.

By bringing together different perspectives and experiences, the SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping provides an opportunity to build partnerships and holistic solutions. Read more
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UN High-Level Political Forum 2020 - Eco-Inclusive Enterprises and COVID-19

Published: 05 August 2020
As momentum builds for post-pandemic recovery, eco-inclusive enterprises around the world offer inspiring examples of inspiring solutions. Learn about their response and vision for a green recovery with Frontier Markets (India), Farmerline (Ghana), Amazóniko (Colombia), Gorilla Conservation Coffee (Uganda), Kibébé (Malawi) and EcoPlastile (Uganda). Read more

Modest in Size, Potentially Huge in Impact: Leveraging Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) for Climate Action

Published: 23 December 2019Authors: Jonas Restle-Steinert, Kathrin Kirsch, Linde Wolters, Maggie Sloan, Rainer Agster, Tobias Hausotter
Despite the goals put forward in the Paris Agreement and commitments by countries in their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is rising (WMO 2019). It is, therefore, more important than ever for countries to step up their ambition and NDC commitments in 2020. The COP25 climate negotiations will pave the way for the next year and the NDC update processes. These open up the opportunity to acknowledge a modest yet potentially impactful group of players for ambitious climate action: small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Read more
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Bringing SME voices into policy solution development through our Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping

Published: 16 December 2019Authors: Camilla Shearman
In late October, seven policy practitioners took to the stage during the SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping scale-up labs in South Africa and Malawi. The practitioners shared their ideas of policy solutions to leverage the potential of eco-inclusive enterprises in driving the transition to green and inclusive economies. Read more
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