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.


BDS Malai March 2018

SEED with the generous support of The Government of Flanders is pleased to invite nominations for the BDS+ Training of Trainers (ToT) programme on 'Eco-Inclusive Enterprise Development'.

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi (venue tbc) 

Application Deadline: 20 February 2018

Workshop Dates: 19 - 21 March, 2018 (3 days) 

Participants: 15-20 professionals based in Malawi/Zambia/Zimbabwe 

Language: English

Eligibility Criteria

This ToT is for individuals who work at the interface of politics, business and civil society, and support business or entrepreneurial solutions for social and environmental challenges. We strive to have a diversified group of participants balancing gender and organisational representation.

 Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have: 

  • basic experience or a strong interest in working with start-up eco-enterprises in Malawi, Zimbabwe, or Zambia;
  • basic experience or a strong interest in providing business model development oriented capacity building;
  • have a degree in a relevant academic or business related field;
  • basic experience or a strong interest in facilitating interactive and participatory workshops;
  • basic experience or a strong interest in working on the triple bottom line;
  • the capacity to communicate and provide capacity building in English to SMMEs.

Please note: Given the limited number of participant slots (15-20) we will be only able to accept 1-2 candidates per organisation. However, there may be exceptions depending on the range of applicants who meet the criteria for participation. If you are an independent consultant, please submit a letter of endorsement from a third party.

How to Apply?

In order to complete a nomination, please submit a detailed CV and a short letter of motivation via email to bds@seed.uno. In case of questions, please feel free to contact us by email. Submissions will be accepted up till 20 February 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by 28th February 2018.

For more information, download the Call for Nominations here.

Participation Information 

There are no participation fees for this ToT programme. Transportation and accommodation is not included and must be arranged individually, except for participants from Zimbabwe or Zambia, which will be covered by SEED. Venue and catering costs are covered. Upon confirmation, please provide any dietary requirements. 


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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