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

Recommendations for Supporting SMEs in the Transition to Circular Economy: A perspective on Thailand

Published: 07 January 2021Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong, Supapim Wannopas
This Policy Brief from SEED's Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping highlights the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)'s research on the barriers and challenges faced by the private sector hindering a transition towards sustainable production and adoption of circular economy business models. Read more
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Phasing out Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Creating a New Default

Published: 07 January 2021Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong, Supapim Wannopas
Phasing out single-use plastics (SUP) in Thailand demands a commitment from different sector stakeholders - the private sector, as producer and purchaser of the material, plays an influential role in providing alternatives and realising sustainable consumption and production. Read more
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Achieving Smart Agriculture Potential through Efficient Data Connectivity and Management

Published: 07 January 2021Authors: Linde Wolters, Sompoad Srikosamatara, 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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Phasing out Single-Use Plastic (SUP): Creating a New Default - a Pilot Project

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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Mainstreaming Credit Assessment and Appraisal to Accelerate the Access to Finance for Solar MSMEs in India | Climate Finance, India 2020

Published: 24 November 2020Authors: Kathrin Kirsch, Nithin Ramu
The climate finance solution developed by Tata Cleantech aims to mainstream the credit appraisal process for solar MSMEs by clustering SMEs, automation and standardisation of the credit assessment process, including a securitisation mechanisms to reduce collateral requirements and developing a secondary redeployment market for solar rooftop systems. Read more
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NINJA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Business Challenge Winner: EcoPlastile Ltd

Published: 26 October 2020
EcoPlastile Ltd, an eco-inclusive enterprise working with youth and women to collect and process waste plastics into low-cost, durable timber substitutes, has been declared a winner for Next Innovation with Japan (NINJA) Business Innovation Challenge in response to COVID-19. Read more

Scale Up Lab, India 2020 | SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance

Published: 23 October 2020
Join us on 25th November for our digital Scale-Up Lab India 2020 to hear climate finance solution pitches, and learn how to get involved in driving forward these solutions! Read more
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Waste4Change: Stimulating Markets for Waste Credit via Enterprise Resource Planning Platform | Climate Finance, Indonesia 2020

Published: 20 October 2020Authors: Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan
This innovative finance mechanism distributes waste credit to waste collectors and recycling managers by creating an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform that finances the waste collection and recycling activities which offsets the consumers waste production. Read more
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UNDP Indonesia's Innovative Finance for Renewable Energy in Small Coastal Island Communities | Climate Finance, Indonesia 2020

Published: 20 October 2020Authors: Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan
UNDP Indonesia's Innovative Finance for Renewable Energy in Small Coastal Island Communities builds on existing efforts to allocate funds to leverage public funding and private sector investment in clean energy which creates financially viable interconnected renewable grids, specifically developing a hybrid PV-diesel power generation system in small islands. Furthermore, creating energy demand by building a local green economy. Read more
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Equity Crowdfunding Platform for Green MSME Financing | Climate Finance, Indonesia 2020

Published: 20 October 2020Authors: Maggie Sloan
The Equity Crowdfunding Platform for Green MSME Financing solution, developed by Perkumpulan Untuk Peningkatan Usaha Kecil (PUPUK) builds on existing efforts to use public capital to spur MSME growth. This solution will: (a) Attract private investors by offering a pipeline of bankable MSMEs in a one-stop-shop for MSME financing. (b) Aggregate green MSMEs through partner business development service providers (or intermediaries), where finance is released to MSMEs in aggregate working with the specific BDS provider who has delivered cleaner production and green business advisory to the specific MSMEs integrated into the platform. Read more
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Building a Resilient Business Around Women: The story of Dagoretti

Published: 28 September 2020Authors: Amanda Panella, Linde Wolters
Violet Matiru grew up without electricity on a farm at the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, an aspect of her life that led her to want to better the environment around her. From using kerosene lamps and lighting a fire every day with firewood for a cup of tea before school, she decided to support herself and her community by launching the Dagoretti Market Biogas Latrine. It has since moved from a core business of converting human waste from paid for latrines for market goers, to biogas to be reused for cooking and heating water, to other environmentally and socially relevant activities.  Read more
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Enterprise Resilience: Six Critical Factors to Protecting Your Start-Up’s Future

Published: 24 September 2020
To better understand what resilience means for MSMEs during the COVID-19 pandemic, SEED interviewed 30 eco-inclusive enterprises. Unsurprisingly, MSMEs have been strongly affected by the economic shock of the pandemic. From these interviews, SEED has outlined the six critical factors for protecting the future of your enterprise. Read more

Making SME support programmes green, fair and recovery proof

Published: 10 September 2020
SMEs make up a significant portion of ASEAN economies and communities. Despite being impacted negatively by the pandemic, they are also key in driving local green and inclusive growth. The new Green Recovery Ecosystem Builder Programme is tailored for participants who lead programmes or departments and are responsible for the successful implementation of enterprise support services. Read more

Mapping Enterprise Resilience to COVID-19

Published: 07 September 2020Authors: Elena Eckhardt, Linde Wolters, Mirko Zürker, Supapim Wannopas
Resilience is an indispensable tool to help MSMEs prepare for the unknown, especially now when COVID-19 induced curfews and lockdowns expose MSMEs to new vulnerabilities. With fewer resources and access to information than larger companies, MSMEs in emerging markets have experienced severe disruptions to their businesses, with around 42% worldwide facing potential failure within six months.

This report demonstrates how MSMEs, particularly eco-inclusive enterprises, are weathering the COVID-19 pandemic and how governments and intermediaries can lend support. In this report we outline six essential resilience factors and good practices that SEED’s eco-inclusive enterprises have employed in emerging markets. Our SEED enterprises serve as an excellent example of how other enterprises can incorporate resilience into their business models in the face of the pandemic and to become more adaptable for future shocks. Read more

Eco-Inclusive Enterprises: Accelerating Southern Africa’s Green and Inclusive Economies

Published: 02 September 2020
Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) provide 50% of jobs, contribute to over 35% of the GDP in emerging economies, and overall make up 90% of registered firms across the world. They are especially impactful in emerging economies as they work toward inclusive growth and equality for marginalised populations. At SEED, we focus on growing eco-inclusive enterprises which in turn contribute socially, economically, and environmentally to empowering the 5.2 billion people at the bottom of the pyramid worldwide.

This report examines the yearly impact of 80 of our eco-inclusive enterprises in three of our SEED countries: Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. These locally embedded enterprises, 51% of which are women-led, demonstrate that driving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can indeed be profitable and with a success rate of 82.5% still in business, they show long-lasting impact in each of their communities and sectors. Read more
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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

Recovering better: Global opportunities to jumpstart the real economy

Published: 31 July 2020
While the coronavirus pandemic presents enormous health and economic challenges, there are also opportunities to jumpstart economies and rebuild societies through green recovery plans that are aligned with the 2030 Agenda. This was the main takeaway of a dialogue that took place at Recovering better: Global opportunities for jumpstarting the real economy #GO4SDGs, a side event at the 2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2020). Read more

Eco-Inclusive Enterprises: Forerunners in Advancing the SDGs | SEED SDG Impact Snapshot

Published: 15 July 2020Authors: Linde Wolters, Mirko Zürker, Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan
As governments respond to the wide-ranging problems resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, it’s worth thinking about how we may take this opportunity to shift towards a green economy. Because the way we recover from this crisis will impact our fight against climate change and our progress towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

A green recovery calls for investments in solutions that provide social, environmental and economic benefits to people, especially those in vulnerable and marginalised communities. SEED-supported eco-inclusive enterprises and other Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) already promote green-technologies while including low-income people in their value chain.

The SEED Impact Snapshot helps to reveal the versatility of the impact of eco-inclusive enterprises. It also helps to clarify where there is the biggest potential for their SDG contributions and how policymakers may help unlock that potential further. Read more
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SMEs for an African Green Economy

Published: 14 July 2020
On July 1st, Lewis Akenji, Executive Director of SEED, participated in a webinar that showcased the work that SEED and other organisations are currently doing to build a green, fair future for Africa. The webinar was part of the African Forum on Green Economy series of webinars that ran from April to July 2020. Read more
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Last mile distribution startup Frontier Markets raises $2.25M in Pre-Series A

Authors: Sujata Sangwan Source: Your Story
The 2014 SEED Low Carbon Award winner Jaipur-based last mile rural distribution startup, Frontier Markets, on Monday announced that it has raised $2.25 million in a Pre-Series A funding round. Read more
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Green Bio Energy Ltd (Uganda) wins Energy Globe Award

Authors: Energy Globe Awards Source: Energy Globe Awards
The 2014 SEED Low Carbon Award Winner awarded National Winner of the "Energy Globe“ World Award for Sustainability. Read more
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Nature's Nectar Limited (Zambia) wins Energy Globe Award

Authors: Energy Globe Award Source: Energy Globe Award
The 2019 SEED Africa Award Finalist is awarded National Winner of the "Energy Globe“ World Award for Sustainability. Read more
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