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Help yourself to an ‘Aha’ moment: Organisational Development for eco-inclusive enterprises

Help yourself to an ‘Aha’ moment: Organisational Development for eco-inclusive enterprises

seed 17 October 2017 By Kay Eunkyung Kang My personal ‘Aha ’ Moment at SEED My exciting journey with SEED started back in February 2016. As soon as I joined the team, I knew I was in for a whole lot of surprises. Before joining SEED, I had worked at a few Korean companies and governmental affiliations as well as international organisations, all of which had already established organisational structures, leaving no space for me to engage in the Organisational Development (OD) of those organisations. Never... Read the full article
Three Great Insights for Building a Great Eco Enterprise: Lessons Learnt from UNLEASH LAB 2017, Denmark

Three Great Insights for Building a Great Eco Enterprise: Lessons Learnt from UNLEASH LAB 2017, Denmark

guest 04 October 2017 By Jackson Nyarko A few weeks ago, some participants from our SEED Starter and SEED Replicator Programmes joined the UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017 * in Denmark, where they had the opportunity to work on their business ideas in order to create scalable solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. Back in Ghana, Jackson shares the lessons he took home from this event. (*In August 2017, the inaugural UNLEASH event was held when talents from all over the world came to Denmark for nine... Read the full article
“Bra be da”, Waste for Cash and Outgrower Schemes

“Bra be da”, Waste for Cash and Outgrower Schemes

seed 21 September 2017 By Ebenezer Kumi Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of developing economies—providing over 60% of permanent full-time employment for citizens. In Ghana, MSMEs contribute as much as 70% of GDP and 85% of the manufacturing sector employment, and such impacts could be higher if we explored non-traditional ways of expanding eco-inclusive businesses—enterprises that integrate social environmental and economic goals into their business models. SEED has been... Read the full article
The 4 types of people  who can help you grow your business using the SEED Relationship Mapping tool

The 4 types of people who can help you grow your business using the SEED Relationship Mapping tool

seed 18 September 2017 By Kay Eunkyung Kang & Sonya Ong Growing a business can be a tricky and intimidating process. Business owners are overwhelmed with different aspects to focus on. Should we invest in better customer experience, partnerships, staff wellbeing, or procuring more equipment? At SEED, we are dedicated to creating enabling environments for entrepreneurs to grow their business. Besides supporting entrepreneurs, we therefore also support Business Development Service (BDS) providers through our Training of... Read the full article
Exchange and re-energise: Business Development Services (BDS) Practitioners Dialogue in Ghana
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Exchange and re-energise: Business Development Services (BDS) Practitioners Dialogue in Ghana

curated 08 September 2017 By René Vermeulen, IBA Hub Accra, Ghana Last month, IBA and network partner IBA Hub Accra,Ghana attended the 2017 SEED West Africa Symposium in Ghana. As part of the event we co-facilitated a practitioner dialogue with the Business Development Service Providers that are active in the business development field in Ghana. Here are some of the outcomes. Read the full article
Small Business, Big Impact: How small businesses can maximize their bottomline for people and planet
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Small Business, Big Impact: How small businesses can maximize their bottomline for people and planet

curated 06 September 2017 By Jielin Zhang, Partnerships Intern at the Bangkok Regional Hub There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that most big businesses are failing to work on sustainable development goals, according to new surveys. The good news is that, finally, small businesses are on board. Yet many small businesses know very little about SDGs even though it is now two years since the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted—the most ambitious development agenda in history that lays out 17 goals to end poverty, fight... Read the full article
A perfect match: How replication partnerships can effectively meet local challenges

A perfect match: How replication partnerships can effectively meet local challenges

seed 25 August 2017 By Benita Rose & Christine Meyer Within the last couple of months, we have facilitated over 15 Replicator Connect Workshop s Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana. Very soon we will bring our Replicator to Mauritius and Burkina Faso. We engaged hundreds of future entrepreneurs and existing enterprises, collaborated with over 40 successful eco-inclusive ventures around the globe (Originators) and matched them with over 20 motivated entrepreneurs and enterprises (Adopters) in Sub-Saharan Africa to... Read the full article
High-level Political Forum 2017 SEED Side Event

High-level Political Forum 2017 SEED Side Event

seed 10 August 2017 By Arab Hoballah The HLPF 2017 SEED side event on Innovative and Eco-Inclusive Entrepreneurship, the SMEs in support to SDGs delivery was held on 13 July 2017 at UNHQ, New York. At a time when the global community is looking for practical and “down-to-earth” approaches to effectively deliver sustainability, it is of critical importance to pay due attention to, and engage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the sustainability process, in particular through the implementation of... Read the full article
Toolification: My personal journey in shaping the way we do business support at SEED

Toolification: My personal journey in shaping the way we do business support at SEED

seed 24 July 2017 By Mirko Zürker [Read the White Paper on Toolification accompanying this post here: From imposing solutions to building resilient organisations: Using the 4 shifts of Toolification towards next generation business development support ] My journey with SEED and providing one-on-one business support for eco-inclusive enterprises started in 2009. I worked with enterprises from Kenya and Ghana on their business plans, which at the time seemed to be already quite advanced. Given the... Read the full article
The forge of ingenuity: social entrepreneurs innovate through challenges
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The forge of ingenuity: social entrepreneurs innovate through challenges

curated 20 July 2017 By Hlamalani Ngwenya Social entrepreneurship – After more than fifty years it is still hindered by the perception that all social good should be funded by donations and charity. Yet social entrepreneurs are potentially the richest source of new business principles, argues Hlamalani Ngwenya, who recently co-facilitated an epOnsite training session in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read the full article
No Overthinking—Replicate to multiply impacts of Clean Cookstove Enterprises

No Overthinking—Replicate to multiply impacts of Clean Cookstove Enterprises

seed 28 June 2017 By Ebenezer Kumi The economic, social and environmental benefits of eco-inclusive enterprises in developing countries are well known. Take clean cookstoves for instance: they help reduce respiratory diseases, avoid deforestation and create job opportunities such as designing, selling, and servicing stoves along the value chain. Yet, Global Alliance for Cookstoves in 2015 estimated about 3 billion people still cook over open fires or use cookstoves of insufficient quality which has... Read the full article
The BDS Practitioner Dialogue – Co-developing a standard for Business Development Services in South Africa

The BDS Practitioner Dialogue – Co-developing a standard for Business Development Services in South Africa

seed 30 May 2017 By Rest Kanju & Jona Liebl Since March 2016, SEED has embarked on a consultative process with the objective of developing a Business Development Services (BDS) standard focusing on services for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular eco-inclusive enterprises, in South Africa. SMEs are the backbone of the South African economy – they contribute about 50% to GDP, and more than 50% of the South African labour force. However, SMEs face significant challenges: management skills,... Read the full article
How Burkinabe entrepreneurs are shaping a greener future
Burkina Faso's Green Brigade

How Burkinabe entrepreneurs are shaping a greener future

guest 10 March 2017 By Damien N. Somé Find the French Version of the article below / Retrouvez la version française de l'article ci-dessous - From waste management to solar energy Have you ever heard of Burkina Faso’s “Green Brigade”? Picture teams of dozens of women regularly cleaning the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou at dawn! Many urban dwellers in the country’s capital have testified for the positive contribution of the green brigade to the cleanliness of the city. The green brigade... Read the full article
Imagine and Replicate

Imagine and Replicate

seed 15 February 2017 By Ebenezer Kumi Imagine . Imagine thousands of low-income women farmers whose lands are degraded and infertile because of overuse. How can they continue farming to provide for their children and families? Now imagine again- imagine there is an indigenous cereal that has the capacity to regenerate infertile soil when planted and is rich with proteins, vitamins and minerals when prepared. Imagine the acres of land that could be regenerated if these low-income women were given... Read the full article
Renewables set to energize Africa's growth

Renewables set to energize Africa's growth

curated 10 February 2017 By UNEP John Magiro Wangari was just 16 when he saved up 2,000 Kenyan shillings (about 20 US dollars today) to buy a generator, thinking to start an electricity generation project. The nearest electricity pole from his village was 15 kilometres away and there was no kerosene oil supplier nearby, so members of his community would spend 80 shillings on a return ride to the nearest town of Kangema, where they paid 80 shillings per litre of oil to run their generators. Read the full article
Soil: Appreciate what's beneath your feet

Soil: Appreciate what's beneath your feet

seed 19 January 2017 By Elizabeth Mamo & Amar Munnolimath What comes to your mind when you think of “soil”? Dirty? Dusty? Unclean? Irrelevant to your life? Think again. Soil gives life and opportunities. Having land with “good” soil can mean the difference between thriving plants and those struggling to stay alive. Looking into the soils of sub-Saharan Africa Much of sub-Saharan Africa has acidic, rusty-red-coloured soil, deficient in organic matter and necessary nutrients for plants such as nitrogen and phosphorus. It... Read the full article
Dagoretti project turns filth into green hub

Dagoretti project turns filth into green hub

curated 12 January 2017 By Milliam Murigi The stench of blood, animal dung mixed with human waste hung in the air like an ominous cloud at the famous Dagoretti Market. The waste, made up of water, animal blood and cow dung usually made its way to people’s farms, sloshing the soils and turning farms into dumps. - Read the story of 2016 SEED Winner Dagoretti Market Latrine on People Daily. Read the full article
Facilitating transformation

Facilitating transformation

guest 22 December 2016 By Noah Wandera & Eva Befeldt “For every challenge society encounters, there is always an opportunity that presents itself. But we waste a lot of time crying over the challenge and we miss the opportunity.” This statement means a lot to Otim George William, CEO and Co-Founder of Tii Kikomi Cassava Commercial Growers (TCCG), a social enterprise that attracts charcoal burners to cassava production and trains farmers in entrepreneuership, gender equality, making of organic manures and provides... Read the full article
Driving conservation through sustainable tourism enterprises
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Driving conservation through sustainable tourism enterprises

guest 15 December 2016 By Mariska van Gaalen Along the coast of Kenya, just north of Mombasa, the Watamu National Marine Park and Reserves grace the coastline. The oldest in East Africa, this marine protected area has given birth to a small but well-established local tourism industry. In recent years however, Watamu has struggled with increased solid waste pollution. Plastics and other waste pile up, harming marine biodiversity and spoiling the beauty of the beaches, thereby damaging the tourism product. In... Read the full article
Turning challenges in impact investing into prototype innovations

Turning challenges in impact investing into prototype innovations

seed 05 December 2016 By Rainer Agster & Kay Eunkyung Kang Kenya, where our first Impact Financing Lab took place, is one of the global centres of impact investing! But even there, many challenges for deal flow exist… In order to identify the key challenges in impact investing in the context of East Africa by stakeholders in this field, we launched our first Impact Financing Lab at the 2016 SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi. In collaboration with our session partners Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), Inclusive... Read the full article
Hortinet: creating a fair and transparent horticulture market in Malawi
Hortinet, 2015 SEED Award Winner

Hortinet: creating a fair and transparent horticulture market in Malawi

curated 24 November 2016 By Practitioner Hub "The high and alarming poverty levels of the rural people in Malawi coupled with great opportunity that exists to commercialise the horticulture sector influenced Hortinet to start a social enterprise." The Practitioner Hub spoke with the 2015 SEED Winner Hortinet on their business reaching scale at the SEED Africa Symposium 2016. Read the full article
Spurring the replication of eco-inclusive enterprises – towards a collaborative integrative support approach

Spurring the replication of eco-inclusive enterprises – towards a collaborative integrative support approach

seed 16 November 2016 By Mirko Zürker & Lina Frank At the 2016 SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi Ligia Noronha, Director of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, underlined that “Replication is a key theme to foster green growth and sustainable development”. But replication demands targeted support at every stage, which calls for collaboration between diverse support providers and a strong ecosystem. Replication as a key path to leverage impact… SEED Award Winner Karibu Solar Power makes energy... Read the full article
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