Practitioner Labs Climate Finance

Eco-inclusive SMEs face significant financing challenges in many developing and emerging economies. We are addressing this issue by running Practitioner Labs Climate Finance in selected countries across the globe (South Africa, Uganda, India, Thailand). The Labs bring together different organisations, businesses, and stakeholders with an interest in solving such issues and support participants in jointly developing targeted solutions for pressing challenges specific to their organisations and sectors. In this working process, the lab unites different stakeholders to engage in a series of exchanges in order to strengthen the solution implementing capacity of lab participants, build a network of trust, facilitate output-oriented knowledge exchange, share best practices and lessons learned as well as enable peer-to-peer learning between participants from different organisations, countries, and sectors.

Upcoming Labs:

  • 19 June 2018: Kampala (Uganda)
  • 29 June 2018: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • 3 July 2018: Mumbai (India)

Who participates?

Participants come from a wide set 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.

There are different levels of how participants can engage in the labs:

  • 1. Challenge Hosts: Facilitate working groups on sub-challenges as moderator and guide groups through the process
  • 2. Prototype Developers: Take the lead or co-lead in a working group for the development of a specific prototype
  • 3. Advisors: Provide ideas & feedback, ask questions, and refine protoytpes

How does it work?

The Climate Finance Lab process consists of four major phases that build the basis for desirable widerlong-term changes in the respective sectors or organisations. These phases will be spread across two on-site labs per country as well as webinars and online meetings between the two lab events. 

Lab

In the first phase, participants work on identifying key challenges for their sector which acts as a starting point for the lab process. This builds on a mapping exercise of the landscape of country-specific sector challenges and further key actors with a potential interest in developing solutions. 

In the second phase, the actual lab process starts with gathering feedback and lessons from other lab participants that are sharing similar challenges. This feeds into the joint creation of actual prototype innovations based on the initial challenges identified. During the development process, prototype ideas are constantly refined based on the insights and input from peers in the specific working group and the lab as a whole.

The third phase focuses on the implementation of prototype innovations at the organisational or sector level. As implementation can happen individually or in partnership with other participants and organisations, exploring collaborations and partnership opportunities for the implementation through exchanges within or across working groups is a crucial part of this phase. As in the previous phase, continuous refinement of prototypes along the way of the implementation through additional feedback from the working groups remains an integral part of the process.

In the fourth and final phase, we prepare the scale-up of the prototypes and showcase initial results of prototype implementation. The participants share success stories and lessons learned from the implementation with peers and sector stakeholders to provide concrete evidence on how the initially identified challenges can be tackled. The aim of this step is to build the groundwork for the scale-up of the prototype within the organisation, the partnership or the sector.

To ensure that developed solutions are sufficiently specific, the overall group of lab participants establishes smaller working groups on the identified challenges of five to ten participants each. The working groups offer an open learning space setting and allow members to test, present, and refine their individual prototypes as well as to reflect on the learning process and share best practices among its peers. A combination of different meeting settings is used. On-site face-to-face meetings are used to support the building of networks, create a platform of trust and inspiration, identify collaboration opportunities, align agendas, and reflect on joint action plans. Webinars and online meetings accompany the knowledge exchange and peer-learning process by creating a structure and learning mechanisms closely aligned with the face-to-face meetings. 

How will participants benefit from joining the Practitioner Labs Climate Finance?

Joining the Climate Financing Lab will enable participants to become part of an action-learning platform and get invaluable insights and lessons from climate finance stakeholders on a continuous basis in specific working groups. They will be empowered to develop tangible and robust prototypes and financial innovations leading to a process of change and innovation in their organisations and in the wider sector. In the process of transforming sector-specific challenges into innovative financial instruments, participants will be supported by trusted peers and benefit from their insights. As a result of this, participants can drive long-term change in their organisations and become a driver of innovation in the sector.

Contact Us

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