Business Development Services Support+ (BDS+)

Greening Business Development Services (BDS) has grown to be an important element of our efforts to create more enabling environments for small, medium and micro enterprises to flourish. BDS+ builds the capacities of selected local business development services providers through ‘Training of Trainers’ workshops using tailored materials and relevant best practices, based around the SEED Enterprise Blueprint. The training consists of over 20 business and management tools as well as case studies, exercises, guidelines and templates that are specifically tailored to address enterprises’ social, environmental and economic impacts. BDS+ trainers continuously enhance their skills and knowledge through the BDS+ network, their access to the SEED knowledge platform, and an exchange of best practices in peer-learning formats.

To build the capacities of selected local BDS providers, SEED hosted three “Training of Trainers” (ToT) events in 2014: in Malawi, Namibia and Mozambique. These brought together over 50 participants from companies and institutions such as the Small and Medium Enterprise Institute (SMEDI), Oxfam, ministries, universities and business associations, to explore social and environmental business models. In 2015 two additional ToT events were held in South Africa. In 2016 ToT events are being implemented in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda under the EU-funded SWICH-Africa Green project.

Malawi Training

SEED BDS in MalawiFrom 29-31 July 2014, SEED held a first Training of Trainers workshop on "Social and Environmental Enterprise Development" in Lilongwe, Malawi. 18 participants from support organisations were trained in developing tailored support services for social and environmental enterprises on the basis of SEED's Enterprise Blueprint. To learn more about this training, please read the blog article about it: Creating an enabling environment for social and environmental entrepreneurship in Malawi.

Namibia Training

SEED BDS in NamibiaFrom 29 September to 2 October 2014, SEED held its second Training of Trainers workshop on "Social and Environmental Enterprise Development" in Windhoek, Namibia. 11 participants from support organisations were trained in developing tailored support services for social and environmental enterprises on the basis of SEED's Enterprise Blueprint. To learn more about this training, please read the blog article about it: Boosting support for social and environmental entrepreneurship in Namibia

Mozambique Training

Mozambique TrainingFrom 4 to 7 November 2014, SEED held its third Training of Trainers workshop on "Social and Environmental Enterprise Development" in Maputo, Mozambique. 20 participants from a variety of support organisations were trained in developing tailored support services for social and environmental enterprises on the basis of SEED's Enterprise Blueprint. To learn more about this training, please read the blog article How to improve support to social and environmental enterprises in Mozambique?

South Africa Training - Pretoria

South Africa Training - PretoriaFrom 16 to 18 March 2015, SEED held its fourth Training of Trainers workshops on "Social and Environmental Enterprise Development" in Pretoria, South Africa. 12 participants from a variety of support organisations were trained in developing tailored support services for social and environmental enterprises on the basis of SEED's Enterprise Blueprint. To learn more about this training, please read the blog article Greening South Africa’s economy: improved business development support for social and environmental enterprises.

South Africa Training - Cape Town

tot SA CTFrom 23 to 25 November 2015 SEED held its fifth Training of Trainers workshop on "Social and Environmental Enterprise Development" in Cape Town, South Africa. 17 participants from a variety of support organisations were trained in developing tailored support services for social and environmental enterprises on the basis of SEED's Enterprise Blueprint. To learn more about this training, please read the blog article Tools, Tools, Tools – the SEED Training of Trainers (TOT) in South Africa created a sound support base for green, inclusive SMEs.

Uganda Training

Tot UgandaFrom 22 to 24 February 2016 SEED in partnership with SWITCH-Africa Green and B-Space held its sixth Training of Trainers workshop on "Social and Environmental Enterprise Development" in Kampala, Uganda. 19 participants from a variety of support organisations were trained in developing tailored support services for social and environmental enterprises on the basis of SEED's Enterprise Blueprint. 

Mauritius Training 

DSC08231From 20 to 23 April 2016 SEED in partnership with SWITCH-Africa Green held its seventhTraining of Trainers workshop on "Eco-Enterprise Development" in Quatre Bornes, Mauritius. 16 participants from a variety of support organisations were trained in developing tailored support services for eco-enterprises on the basis of SEED's Enterprise Blueprint.

Ghana Training 

Ghana BDSFrom 5 to 8 July 2016 SEED in partnership with SWITCH-Africa Green held its eighth Training of Trainers workshop on "Eco-Enterprise Development" in Accra, Ghana. 21 participants from a variety of support organisations were trained in developing tailored support services for eco-enterprises on the basis of SEED's Enterprise Blueprint.

Kenya Training

KenyaFrom 11-14 October, 2016  with the generous support of SWITCH-Africa Green, SEED hosted a 4-day BDS+ ToT programme on  "Eco-Enterprise Development" in Nairobi, Kenya. Twenty-four participants from a variety of support organisations were trained in developing tailored support services for eco-enterprises on the basis of SEED's Enterprise Blueprint.

 

 

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