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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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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SEED participates in the UNEA Side Event: “UNEP, the Sustainable Development Goals and Business”

Published: 26 June 2014
SEED takes part in the UNEA Side Event: “UNEP, the Sustainable Development Goals and Business”, which is organised by the Business Green Economies Dialogue Project in partnership with The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and The International Council of Chemicals Associations (ICCA). 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 Inaugural PAGE Global Conference to look at the Progress and Prospects for the Green Economy after Rio+20

Published: 04 March 2014
SEED will participate in the third Thematic Breakout Session ‘Social inclusion and poverty reduction’. Read more
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SEED Symposium and International Awards Ceremony 2013

Published: 02 October 2013
On October 31, the 2013 SEED Symposium and International Awards Ceremony took place in Nairobi in the framework of the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) organised by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and hosted by UNEP. Read more
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SEED participates in the High-Level Thematic Debate at the 67th Session of the United Nation General Assembly: ‘Entrepreneurship for Development’

Published: 24 June 2013
SEED has been invited to participate in the panel discussion ‘Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Empowerment’ during the High Level Thematic Debate at the 67th Session of the United Nation General Assembly, on 26 June 2013, in New York. Read more
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SEED South Africa, a partnership between SEED and the Independent Development Trust (IDT) South Africa

Published: 05 March 2013
Progress is being made towards the promotion of social and environmental entrepreneurship within South Africa. Read more
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SEED participates at the Rural Housing Loan Fund Annual Workshop

Published: 01 November 2012
Several SEED Alumni attended and were able to present their enterprises during a workshop in Centurion, South Africa, on 26 October. Read more
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SEED is partner in the 15th International Business Forum in Pretoria 2012

Published: 21 September 2012
SEED is proud to be a partner in the 15th International Business Forum (IBF) in Pretoria, October 2012, which is part of the dialogue series “Investment Climate for Climate Investment - fostering business dynamics for inclusive low carbon growth". Read more
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Analysis of 3 year study for Policy Makers: Social and Environmental Enterprises in the Green Economy: Supporting sustainable development and poverty eradication on the ground

Published: 12 June 2012
SEED has worked closely with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) since 2007 on a programme of research to increase technical knowledge and understanding about small-scale social and environmental enterprises. Read more
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Les entreprises à vocation socio-environnementale au sein de l’économie verte : soutenir le développement durable et la lutte contre la pauvreté sur le terrain : Analyse à l’intention des décideurs politiques d’une étude sur trois ans

Published: 01 May 2012Authors: Gabriel Huppé, Heather Creech, Leslie Paas, Vivek Voora
SEED a travaillé en étroite collaboration avec l'Institut international du développement durable (IIDD) depuis 2007 sur un programme de recherche pour améliorer les connaissances techniques et la compréhension de petites entreprises sociales et environnementales. Sur la base des consultations de recherche et des symposiums, SEED pouvait publier l'analyse suivante pour les décideurs, qui offre de nouvelles perspectives sur le rôle des entreprises sociales et environnementales micro et petites comme des acteurs essentiels dans la construction d'économies vertes. Read more
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Empresas sociales y medioambientales en la economía verde: apoyar el desarrollo sostenible y la erradicación de la pobreza sobre el terreno Análisis de un estudio de 3 años para legisladores

Published: 01 May 2012Authors: Gabriel Huppé, Heather Creech, Leslie Paas, Vivek Voora
SEED ha trabajado estrechamente con el Instituto Internacional para el Desarrollo Sostenible (IIDS) desde 2007 en un programa de investigación para aumentar el conocimiento técnico y la comprensión de las pequeñas empresas sociales y ambientales. Sobre la base de la investigación y las consultas de los simposios, SEED pudo publicar el siguiente Análisis para los responsables de la creación de políticas, que ofrecen nuevas perspectivas sobre el papel de las microempresas y las pequeñas empresas sociales y ambientales como actores esenciales en la construcción de economías verdes. Read more
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Social and Environmental Enterprises in the Green Economy: Supporting sustainable development and poverty eradication on the ground - Analysis of a 3 year study for policy makers

Published: 01 May 2012Authors: Gabriel Huppé, Heather Creech, Leslie Paas, Vivek Voora
SEED has worked closely with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) since 2007 on a programme of research to increase technical knowledge and understanding about small-scale social and environmental enterprises. Based on the research and Symposia consultations, SEED was able to publish the following Analysis for Policy Makers, which provides new insights into the role of micro and small social and environmental enterprises as essential actors in building green economies. Read more
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SEED is launching its new Longitudinal Study

Published: 06 April 2011
SEED will launch the baseline report of its first Longitudinal Study at the UNEP-SEED Symposium on the Green Economy: Accelerating the Transition, which will take place in Pretoria South Africa, on 15 April 2011. Read more
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SEED's Executive Director is invited to speak at the 5th Sustainability Summit and the International Business Forum in India

Published: 16 February 2011
SEED's Executive Director, Helen Marquard, took part in November in a session entitled Bottom of the Pyramid Approaches and Inclusive Growth - Innovative Business Models and Opportunities. Read more
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SEED Executive Director participates in the 4th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility in Berlin

Published: 20 October 2010
SEED's Executive Director, Helen Marquard, took part in September in a session entitled Social Entrepreneurship: A New Development Paradigm” at the 4th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility at Humboldt-University Berlin. Read more
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Scale-up and replication for Social and Environmental Enterprises

Published: 21 June 2010
As part of the research agenda, SEED has published a new paper, exploring how the international development community approaches scale-up and replication. Read more
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