"Step up and act now, or step aside"

Published: 14 June 2022Authors: Arab Hoballah
The period of the last few months has been the occasion of celebrations, 50 years of Stockholm first global environment conference, 50 years of UNEP and 50 years of the Limits to Growth. At these occasions, the objectives were to take stock, assess objectively, draw lessons and define a more responsible pathway with clear actions for the near- and long-term future. Read more

Green SMEs and their Success Factors for Scale-up and Replication

Published: 31 May 2022Authors: Arab Hoballah, Mirko Zürker, Simon Mühlbauer
This report analyses small and medium-sized enterprises (hereby SMEs) with green business models and explores how selected enterprises scale and replicate their activities. Its main objective is to provide insights into the critical success factors for scaling and replication. It is intended for policymakers and intermediaries to draw direct insights from SMEs. It analyses the critical success factors for scale-up and replication of enterprise activities and highlights concrete recommendations to close existing gaps in order to maximise their contribution to the SDGs. Green SMEs can find inspiration through the case studies in the annex of this report. This report was prepared in collaboration with GO4SDGs. 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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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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Rethinking the Role of Business in Conservation: Why Small Local Enterprises are Key to Biodiversity and Climate Action

Published: 02 March 2022Authors: Julia Rohe-Frydrych, Luis Ebert
SEED's Senior Advisor Julia Rohe-Frydrych and Enterprise Support Advisor Luis Ebert recently wrote an article that addresses the key role of small local enterprises in the struggle for biodiversity and climate action. Read more
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Meet The African Green Entrepreneurs Showing The West How It’s Done

Published: 14 December 2021
From solar smart meters to low-impact beekeeping, a new generation of African entrepreneurs are using their ingenuity to bring equitable, climate-friendly solutions to some of the most disadvantaged communities.

Forbes magazine spoke to five SEED Awards Winers across the African continent. Read more

SEED highlights the importance of SMEs in the reforestation and climate change at Greek House Davos event

Published: 08 December 2021
SEED participated and showcased the importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in reforestation and climate change mitigation on Greek House Davos platform. Read more
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SEED hosted COP26 International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Side Event

Published: 16 November 2021
On November 8, SEED hosted a session at the COP26 International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Side Event, to discuss the topic Entrepreneurship for Climate Mitigation and Resilience. Read more
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Nature for Life Hub 2021 features SEED replication and scale-up activities

Published: 15 November 2021
The event Nature for Life Hub 2021 took place online from 4 - 6 October 2021, bringing together activists, influencers, leaders, and businesses to share and reflect on their ambitious journey towards a nature-positive future. Read more
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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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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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SEED participates in 3Zero World Forum by Convergences

Published: 21 September 2021
The Forum brought together actors of all backgrounds united around a common goal: to build a Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty world. Read more
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Climate Finance, Fin-techs and the Missing Middle in Thailand | Scoping Paper, Thailand 2021

Published: 16 August 2021Authors: Mirko Zürker, Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan
This scoping paper provides the basis for the implementation of the collaborative, multi-step process of the SEED Hack for Climate Finance in Thailand in 2021. Thailand’s high environmental richness and fastly evolving landscape of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) present a significant opportunity for the country to meet its climate action and development objectives. In particular, climate-smart SMEs- offering products and services for climate change adaptation and/or mitigation- are well-positioned to absorb and scale the environmental, social, and economic impacts of global climate finance flows in line with Thailand’s climate action objectives. Read more
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SEED and UGEFA on the platform of European Development Days (EDD) 2021

Published: 27 July 2021
The EDD 2021 opened its platform for different actors in green and inclusive transition, to connect with and discover each others activities. SEED and UGEFA hosted a joint online stand to showcase their enterprise relevant actions. Read more
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#GO4SDGs Presents: Innovative solutions for MSMEs in a green recovery

Published: 13 July 2021
#GO4SDGs Presents: Innovative solutions for MSMEs in a green recovery was an official side event at the 2021 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development hosted jointly the GGKP, SEED and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Read more
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Meet the SEED Awards 2021 Winners and Runners-up

Published: 13 July 2021
Announcing the winners of the 2021 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development, at the UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Read more
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SEED Awards 2021 Winners

Published: 13 July 2021
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies. Read more
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SEED Awards 2021 Runners-Up

Published: 13 July 2021
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies. Read more
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Farmerline CEO spoke at the Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst

Authors: Source: Bloomberg
Alloysius Attah, CEO at Farmerline, discussed the impact of agritech on rural jobs; feeding the world amidst climate change; and Africa and China’s promising tech trends at Bloomberg’s virtual program, which celebrates the innovators, visionaries, scientists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs accelerating solutions to today’s greatest problems. Read more

Hack for Climate Finance, Bangkok

Published: 16 June 2021
Learn how to tap into growing international capital earmarked for climate change purposes.



Join us on 30th June 2021 at 3:00-5:00 pm (BKK/GMT+7) Read more
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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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Daily Dump, a SEED Story from India

Published: 19 April 2021
Daily Dump works to redefine people’s perception of and relationship with the earth, each other and our urban spaces. It is the first company in India to design a home composter, adapted for tight urban spaces and with a unique terracotta design. Read more
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Translating Climate Finance into Climate Action on the Ground: Leveraging the Potential of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises

Published: 12 January 2021Authors: Jonas Restle-Steinert, Kathrin Kirsch, Luis Ebert, Maggie Sloan, Tobias Hausotter
Read the report to learn more about how SMEs in emerging economies help their local communities adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change, and how this community engagement paves the way for providing secure livelihoods and a more sustainable future for all.  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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