Greening South Africa’s economy: improved business development support for social and environmental enterprises

Published: 06 May 2015Authors: Julia Rohe, Rest Kanju
According to World Bank, South Africa ranks as an upper-middle income economy, representing the second-largest economy in Africa. While disposing of an abundant supply of natural resources and a modern infrastructure, unemployment, poverty, and inequality remain a challenge. Read more
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Preparing women entrepreneurs for tomorrow’s reality

Published: 08 March 2015Authors: Anna Fälth
In October 2014, UN Women Executive Director proposed 2030 to be the expiry date for gender inequality (UN Women). How can we make this bold goal a reality? Where do we start? Let’s start by envisioning the world in 2030. Read more
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SEED participates in AMCEN pre-session event: “Inclusive Green Economies for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development in Africa: From Inspiration to Action”

Published: 12 February 2015
SEED will participate in a Regional Workshop "Inclusive Green Economies for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development in Africa: From Inspiration to Action" which will be help in Cairo on 28 February and 1 March. Read more
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SEED in collaboration with ANDE Network hosts a workshop on finance for social and green enterprises at Sankalp Africa Summit

Published: 10 February 2015
SEED in collaboration with ANDE network organised the “start-up hacks” as part of the Sankalp Africa Summit that took place on 5-6 February 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. Innovative and inclusive financing was one of the key topics of this year’s forum. Read more
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Why the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs supported SEED since its inception in 2002

Published: 29 January 2015Authors: Amélie Heuër, Christopher Whaley
The UK has been a strong supporter of SEED since it was established in 2002. It has been a real pleasure to see SEED grow from a small biennial awards scheme, with a modest research programme, to a much broader global initiative promoting social and environmental entrepreneurship. Read more
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How to improve support to social and environmental enterprises in Mozambique?

Published: 16 January 2015Authors: Rainer Agster
Since the end of the civil war in 1992 Mozambique has experienced impressive growth rates of 6-8 per cent; embodying the new optimism regarding Africa’s economic outlook. Read more
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2014 - A truly exceptional year for SEED

Published: 18 December 2014
SEED’s achievements in 2014 are captured in the 2014 SEED Annual Report. Read more
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Launch of the Inclusive Business Action Network: SEED shares insights on green and inclusive business and successful partnerships

Published: 10 December 2014
SEED and its hosting partner Adelpi Research participated in the launch of the Inclusive Business Action Network (IB Action Network) that took place on 18-20 November 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Read more
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SEED Africa Symposium 2014: Making Growth Sustainable. Co-creating Solutions

Published: 03 December 2014
On September 10th and 11th, the SEED Africa Symposium 2014 convened at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. 320 representatives from business, government, academia, support institutions and civil society from 30 different countries attended. 'Making Growth Sustainable: Co-creating Solutions through Social and Green Entrepreneurship' was the theme of the event. Participants were invited to Explore, Enable and Engage with each other to find ways of building effective ecosystems for green and social enterprises in Africa. Read more
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Global Social Business Summit 2014: SEED shares insights on impact measurement and moderates a focus group session on affordable housing

Published: 28 November 2014
SEED was invited to partake in the sixth Global Social Business Summit (GSBS 2014) that is taking place in Mexico City on 27-28 November 2014 under the theme: “Shaping Social Business to Shape the World of 2020”. Read more
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SEED Africa Symposium 2014

Published: 25 November 2014
On September 10th and 11th, the SEED Africa Symposium 2014 convened at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.  Read more
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GroFin’s investment for the future: Kenyan women entrepreneurs are good ‘jockeys’

Published: 08 November 2014Authors: Rishi Khubchandani
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SEED South Africa Symposium 2014: Advancing the Green Economy

Published: 07 November 2014
At the SEED South Africa Symposium, held over 19 and 20 March 2014, over 150 participants from government, private sector, media, academia, development, and civil society organisations, and including around 40 entrepreneurs, gathered at the CSIR in Pretoria to exchange experience, knowledge and perspectives that could advance the growth of socio-environmental entrepreneurship in South Africa. Read more
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Social and Green Enterprises – How to Create Enabling Frameworks to Increase their Contribution to Sustainable Development?

Published: 04 November 2014Authors: Amélie Heuër
Over the last four years, SEED has hosted a series of unique multi-stakeholder for a focussed on the Green Economy and Africa - the SEED Symposia - where each year innovative and promising start-up enterprises, that won a SEED Award for their remarkable efforts to address social and environmental challenges at the grassroots, are presented. Read more
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Promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development: why, and how?

Published: 23 October 2014Authors: Helen Marquard
When UNEP, UNDP and IUCN decided to register the SEED Initiative as a Type II partnership at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, they clearly thought they were on to something – but possibly not quite what SEED is now. Read more
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Creating an enabling environment for social and environmental entrepreneurship in Malawi

Published: 29 September 2014Authors: Mirko Zürker, Rainer Agster
As one of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi is characterised by a largely rural population; 84 per cent of Malawi’s population lives outside cities and depends on agriculture as their primary source of income. Read more
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From Mobile Solar Computer Classrooms to Novel Baobab Products: Green Entrepreneurship is Thriving Across Africa and Beyond

Published: 10 September 2014
Nairobi plays host to one of the largest gatherings of start-up social and environmental enterprises ever, as 41 green entrepreneurs are celebrated at the 2014 SEED Awards Africa Symposium. Read more
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The circular economy and opportunities for small businesses

Published: 28 August 2014Authors: Anais Mangin, Francesca Culcasi
Current ways of production and consumption are not sustainable, disregarding the efficient use of natural resources, the minimization of toxic materials and the emission of waste. Read more
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Early stage impact investing: a call for action

Published: 18 August 2014Authors: Anais Mangin
The exponential growth of small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America has contributed significantly to the burgeoning green economy. Read more
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Making growth sustainable: co-creating solutions through social and green entrepreneurship

Published: 10 June 2014Authors: Jona Liebl
Africa has some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but many people remain excluded from the benefit of this growth with almost half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa living on less than USD1.25 per day. Read more
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Making green and social entrepreneurship work for all in the developing world

Published: 01 June 2014Authors: Amélie Heuër, Helen Marquard
With the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaching, consultations are taking place globally to draw out insights that can contribute to the “Post-2015 Development Agenda and Framework”. Read more
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SEED participates in the Joint United Nations General Assembly and ECOSOC Thematic Debate/Forum on Partnerships

Published: 09 April 2014
SEED was invited to partake in the joint thematic debate/forum on partnerships, held on 09 and 10 April 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Read more
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SEED South Africa Symposium 2014

Published: 20 March 2014
The green economy has taken hold in South Africa, and innovative products and services are being introduced by entrepreneurs even at the grassroots. Read more
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2014 SEED South Africa Symposium: Advancing the Green Economy: creating jobs and opportunities for innovative green enterprises

Published: 20 March 2014
Over 150 participants from  government,  private  sector, media, academia,  development, and  civil  society organisations gathered at the SEED South Africa Symposium, held over 19 and 20 March 2014. Read more
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