Our Policy Prototyping Labs facilitate collaboration between policy-makers, financial institutions, sector experts, researchers and eco-inclusive enterprises to prototype policy instruments that promote and improve the success of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship. Policy prototyping is based on the idea that – similar to products and services offered by the private sector – policies serve the demand of certain target groups in order to stimulate the development of targeted and customised policy instruments contributing to an ecosystem conducive for eco-inclusive enterprises. Through the SEED policy prototyping process, the expertise of policy-makers and implementers is catalysed to drive forward national and sub-national green economy agendas which account for the significant contributions of small and growing enterprises to delivering environmental, social and economic benefits to their tarket markets.
How does the SEED Policy Prototyping process work?
During our Policy Prototyping Labs, we facilitate access to up-to-date, sector-specific insights into challenges and enablers of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship and assist participants to design step-by-step policy implementation guides relevant to their communities and nations. Our Policy Prototyping Labs result in innovative, tailor-made instruments and interventions that enable small and growing eco-inclusive enterprises to successfully start-up, scale-up, and maximise their environmental, social and economic impacts.
1 | ECOSYSTEM MAPPING
Map key stakeholders relevant to the policy protyping process in relation to core challenges and opportunities for solutions that support eco-inclusive entrepreneurship.
Policy-makers and members of civil society are identified and synergies between these core actors are mapped to determine a clearer picture of the policy-making landscape in the target country or region. This ecosystem mapping process runs parallel to the identification of sector-specific core challenges and opportunities for the development of policy solutions which directly promote the success of eco-inclusive enterprises.
Next Step: Ecosystem mapping and the comprehensive input paper on core challenges and opportunities serve the basis for the next stages of stakeholder engagement including the enlistment of prototype development hosts and leaders to drive forward policy prototyping in their regions and sectors of expertise.
2 | KICK-OFF LAB
Co-create tailored supportive instruments that strengthen the role of eco-inclusive enterprises in strategic sectors and secure multi-stakeholder buy-in for the next stages of product refinement.
The Kick-Off Lab is a two-day, high-level workshop designed to guide the development of policy prototypes by applying the sector-specific and policy-based expertise of participants. The prototyping process is facilitated by hands-on and collaborative SEED prototyping tools, context-specific insights and an emphasis on partnership building. At the end of the Kick-Off Lab, policy instrument developers come away with a clear action plan for the next stages of prototype refinement and partner engagement.
Next Step: Further develop policy instruments at the group-level and prepare for the next stages of stakeholder engagement through subsequent SEED Labs.
3 | FEEDBACK LAB
Integrate in-depth feedback from eco-inclusive entrepreneurs and other prospective beneficiaries through a follow-up lab targeted at the collation multi-stakeholder inputs.
The second SEED Policy Prototyping Lab incorporates additional stakeholders into the process and allows for in-depth feedback from prospective beneficiaries of the policy instrument, especially small and growing eco-inclusive enterprises operating in the pre-identified sectors. Feedback from this lab is collated into the instrument concept note and directs the next stages of resource mobilisation.
Next Step: The Feedback Lab is followed by additional interim meetings to further develop the prototypes.
4 | TRANSITION LAB
Refine policy prototypes during a follow-up lab designed to build on the in-depth feedback from prospective beneficiaries and interim meetings' discussions and analysis.
The Transition Lab brings back together all policy instrument developers and a wider audience of high-level policy-makers and practitioners to celebrate the milestones of prototype development, road-map the susequent stages of instrument development and mobilise support for the designed instrument.
Next Step: Pilot the policy instruments in target markets under the leadership of policy instrument developers and with the support of high-level political action.
5 | DELIVERY OF ECO-INCLUSIVE POLICY
Finalise concept notes which summarise the instrument prototype's approach and mobilise the support of both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
After the Transition Lab, SEED supports instrument prototype developers to finalise the analysis of the policy landscape and develop a case for innovative policy instruments which support eco-inclusive entrepreneurship and multiply the environmental, social and economic impacts of small and growing enterprises.
Next Step: Enable eco-inclusive enterprises to maximise their positive contributions to socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development at the local, national and regional levels.
Who is selected to participate in the SEED Labs?
Participants in the SEED Policy Prototyping Labs are policy-makers and implementers of national and regional public initiatives. Prototype development group members and group hosts are chosen based on their expertise and commitment to driving the innovation of policy instruments which support eco-inclusive entrepreneurship in strategic sectors.
PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT HOSTS
Lead the prototype development group through the process and facilitate group sessions for resource mobilisation and partnership building.
Contribute context-relevant expertise as key prototype development group members involved in all stages of policy prototyping.
Offer ideas and feedback, pose informed questions and support prototype development groups with prototype refinement.
Gain sector-specific insights from our SEED Policy Briefs
Our Policy Briefs provide a comprehensive overview to policy-makers and practitioners of the business conditions, challenges and enablers of eco-inclusive enterprises in strategic sectors in emerging markets. These briefs shape the development of tailored, customised and tested supportive instruments that strengthen the role of eco-inclusive enterprises in strategic sectors. Our briefs are formulated to guide coordinated policy action that promotes inclusive and resilient economic sectors and drives environmentally and socially responsible economic growth from the bottom up.