Practitioner Labs Climate Finance

What are the Practitioner Labs for Climate Finance?

The Practitioner Labs for Climate Finance bring together organisations, businesses and stakeholders to jointly address the significant financing challenges that face eco-inclusive SMEs in many developing and emerging economies. As part of this action-learning platform, lab participants are empowered to turn challenges into solutions and develop tangible and robust prototypes that innovate the next generation of climate finance products.

The labs are hands-on and engage participants in a series of output-oriented exchanges which enable peer-to-peer learning between participants from different organisations, countries and sectors, strengthen the solution implementing capacity of lab participants and build a network of trust.


Which labs are currently happening?

 

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     Challenge Groups

    1. Mainstreaming Green Finance in Commercial Banking
        hosted by Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA)
    2. Decentralised Renewable Energy Financing
        hosted by New Ventures
    3. Unlocking the Carbon Market for Waste-SMEs
        hosted by GIZ

  

See the Report of the Kick-off Lab in India. 

Read the Input Paper for the Practitioner Lab in India.

 

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      Challenge Groups

     1. Innovative Irrigation Finance
         hosted by  UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre
     2. Decentralised Renewable Energy & Blockchain
         hosted by South Pole 
     3. Conservation Finance & Blockchain
         hosted by KX

   

See the Report of the Kick-off Lab in Thailand.

 

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        Challenge Groups

       1. Microinsurance Delivery through Weather Indexing
           hosted by FSD Uganda
       2. Renewable Energy Infrastructure Financing
           hosted by UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre 
       3. Financing Energy Efficiency and Productive Use of Energy
           hosted by Energy4Impact
      
4. Climate Resilient Agriculture through Financing Irrigation
           Systems hosted by Swisscontact

See the Report of the Kick-off Lab in Uganda.

Read the Input Paper for the Practitioner Lab in Uganda.


Who participates?

Participants come from a wide variety of organisations such as Microfinance Institutions, Commercial Banks, Development Finance Institutions, Impact Investors & Philanthropic Institutions, NGOs, Corporate Social Investors, Venture Capital & Angel Investors, and Government Authorities.

 Participants can engage in the labs as:

  1. Challenge Hosts: Facilitate working groups on sub-challenges as a moderator and guide groups through the process.
  2. Prototype Developers: Lead or co-lead a working group to develop a targeted prototype.
  3. Advisors: Provide ideas & feedback, ask questions, and support the refinement of prototypes.

How does it work?

The labs process consists of four major phases.

Phase 1: Participants identify key challenges in their sectors which serve as a starting
point for the lab process.

Phase 2: Participants come together at the Kick-off Lab to discuss those challenges and potential solutions as they jointly prototype a climate finance innovation. During the development process facilitated by SEED prototyping tools and moderators, prototype ideas are constantly refined based on the insights and input from peers in each working group and other experts in attendance.

Phase 3: Working groups refine and prepare the prototypes for implementation while locating collaboration and partnership opportunities to support the implementation process.

Phase 4: Participants showcase their prototypes by sharing success stories and lessons learned from implementation with stakeholders at the Transition Lab. This phase builds the groundwork for scaling-up the prototype within the organisation, partnership or sector.

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To ensure that developed solutions are robust and relevant, lab participants break into smaller working groups of five to ten participants around the identified challenges. The working groups offer an open learning space which allows members to test, present, and refine their individual prototypes as well as to reflect on the learning process and share best practices with each other. A combination of different meeting formats is used. On-site face-to-face meetings support network building, create a platform of trust and inspiration, identify collaboration opportunities, align agendas, and enable reflection on joint action plans. Webinars and online meetings complement the knowledge exchange and peer-learning process by creating a structure and learning mechanisms closely aligned with the face-to-face meetings.

 

Contact Us

For any regarding the specific labs, please contact us via email to lab-india@seed.uno ; lab-uganda@seed.uno ;
and lab-thailand@seed.uno respectively.

For general questions about the Practitioner Labs Climate Finance, please get in touch with mirko.zuerker@seed.uno or jonas.restle@seed.uno.

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