Shop sustainably this holiday season with SEED: A gift guide from our eco-inclusive enterprises

Published: 03 December 2020
The holidays are approaching and like many others around the world, SEED is searching for a way to send gifts and joy to our loved ones from a safe social distance. Read more

Best practices to follow for online workshops: Learnings from SEED virtual trainings during pandemic times

Published: 30 November 2020Authors: Amar Munnolimath, Elena Eckhardt, Nithin Ramu
Workshops are an important format for business development services (BDS) providers to deliver support services to eco-inclusive enterprises. However, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and related measures, such as lockdowns and curfews, BDS providers have had to adjust and reconceptualise the workshop experience. Read more

Supporting MSMEs in the supply chain to reduce emissions by adopting energy efficiency measures | Climate Finance, India 2020

Published: 24 November 2020Authors: Kathrin Kirsch, Nithin Ramu
The financing solution developed by Mahindra & Mahindra aims to incentivise MSMEs in the supply chain to take up energy efficiency. It comprises a benchmarking of energy saving technology, a central repository of suppliers of energy-saving technology, template policy documents to be signed between supplier and OEMs, financing through carbon markets and adopting Techno-commercial energy efficiency technologies in Geographical cluster by OEM anchor led approach. 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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Online Platform to facilitate access to climate finance for MSMEs | Climate Finance, India 2020

Published: 24 November 2020Authors: Kathrin Kirsch, Nithin Ramu
The online platform developed by Intellecap seeks to bridge demand and supply of climate finance for MSMEs in India by publishing climate finance instruments, offering eligibility checks for MSMEs and matchmaking with financing providers. Read more
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Democratising blended finance for climate resilient agriculture | Climate Finance, India 2020

Published: 24 November 2020Authors: Kathrin Kirsch, Nithin Ramu
The climate finance solution developed by ALSiSAR Impact encompasses a workable blended finance model, as well as capacity building for agri-techs to conduct transparent impact measurement. Read more
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P.ACT: Leveling the field for equitable partnerships

Authors: Saida Benhayoune Source: iBAN
While hybrid partnerships come with their challenges, enterprises and large organisations alike agree that partnerships are key to leveraging the innovation and agility of social enterprises in order to solve the world’s inequalities. P.ACT from SEED and MIT D-Lab levels the playing field for more equitable partnerships. Read more

How Dieudonne Agudah gets low income urban households in Accra access to affordable bio digester toilets with WASHKing

Authors: Thomas Jakel Source: AfricaX
Meet Dieudonne Kwame Agudah, the founder of WASHKing, a social enterprise working to supply bio-digester toilets to low-income urban households in Ghana with the aim of ending open defecation and at the same time focussing on giving employment to young people while equipping them with transferable skills. Read more

SEED Hosts Sankalp Global Summit 2020 Workshop: A Green Recovery: Building Resilience for Eco-Inclusive MSMEs after COVID-19

Published: 05 November 2020
On 3 November 2020, SEED’s Head of Communications Linde Wolters moderated a workshop at the Sankalp Global Summit on A Green Recovery: Building Resilience for Eco-Inclusive MSMEs after COVID-19. Read more

SEED Participates in Asia-Europe ENVforum Webinar: Single-Use Plastic (Never)Ending Story

Published: 05 November 2020
On 28 October 2020, SEED’s Executive Director Lewis Akenji moderated a webinar regarding the role of businesses in tackling single-use plastics and general trends and challenges across Asia and Europe. Read more

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

SEED Climate Finance Training

Published: 23 October 2020
Facilitating access to climate finance in Malawi

Register by: 20th November Read more
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SEED Green SME Finance Training

Published: 23 October 2020
Facilitating access to finance for agricultural green SMEs in Malawi

Register by: 3rd November Read more
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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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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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AirEco: A Digital Marketplace for Natural Capital Providers, Business and Consumers | Climate Finance, Indonesia 2020

Published: 20 October 2020Authors: Maggie Sloan
Lestari Capital's e-commerce solution offers a blockchain-backed application to aggregate and increase consumer access to ecosystem services markets. Consumers will have the opportunity to offset their carbon impacts through the purchase of divisible chunks of carbon credits, catered specifically to their purchasing behaviour. This solution offers great potential not only to directly engage businesses and their consumers in building low carbon markets, but also offers great potential to generate future opportunities for SMEs and community-based organisations engaged in ecosystem services markets to easily tap into these existing markets and find buyers for their certified credits. 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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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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SEED Participates in GGKP Webinar - Rebuilding Better: New materials and systems for resource efficient SMEs

Published: 08 October 2020
On 29 September 2020, SEED’s Executive Director Lewis Akenji joined a panel of experts to talk innovations in sustainable materials across sectors. In this webinar, hosted by GGKP, a platform for green practitioners, multiple SEED supported enterprises were showcased. Read more

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

Green Recovery Ecosystem Builder Programme: 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