Economies all over the world are reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. For a better future, the recovery has to be green, integrating environmental and climate protection as well as healthy living conditions with economic goals. But while the wealthiest countries were able to cushion the worst and are now preparing recovery programmes worth billions, developing countries need more targeted solutions.
Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in developing and emerging economies are key to an economic recovery from the ground up. In addition, they can be major actors in the transformation toward a greener economy and society. The SEED programme, hosted by adelphi, has focused on these enterprises for almost two decades. Now, adelphi and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are using this expertise to kickstart a green recovery in developing and emerging countries. The Green Recovery Ecosystem Builder (GREB) workshops in India just concluded successfully.
Participants are eager to implement what they learned
India is home to one of the largest start-up ecosystems in the world, and thus an ideal testing ground for the GREB programme. GIZ chose 16 participants from eight business development service (BDS) providers , intermediaries, accelerators, business advisors, tech hubs and support agencies from northern and western India. adelphi’s experts led them through a series of virtual events, from a three-day inception workshop in May followed by peer-exchange seminars to transition workshops in June that helped them to turn the lessons they learned into actual concepts.
The workshops focused on practical concepts and templates that can be adapted for different projects and business cases, giving the BDS providers tools to support green MSMEs and make a lasting impact in their communities. Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive: They highlighted the interactive nature of the workshops and how useful the tools and lessons they learned would be for their work – and how much the programme inspired them: While all participating organisations brought their own expertise in promoting MSMEs in India, for some this was their first foray into the green economy. After the inception workshop, however, all were eager to expand their business into this area, making the Indian economic recovery a green one.
The toolification approach, developed by SEED to empower MSMEs to develop their own solutions, ensured that the lessons learned can be applied to current and future projects. The participating BDS providers learned step-by-step how to plan, build, and communicate programmes with environmental and social impact. They now have the tools to create sustainable solutions and, in their turn, empower local MSMEs to make their communities greener, more inclusive, and more prosperous.
More information on SEED can be found here.
Contact person: Amar Munnolimath