From 2018 to 2020, adelphi implemented the SEED programme in southern Africa, further developing the ecosystem needed to strengthen green and inclusive (eco-inclusive) entrepreneurship, especially in Malawi. SEED was co-founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. In 2013, adelphi, which had served as implementing partner since 2006, became the hosting partner of SEED and the global coordinator of all activities within the SEED programme. adelphi was responsible for the implementation of this project funded by the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs, which has been a close partner of SEED for many years.
To encourage cross-regional cooperation, individual modules of this project were expanded to include the target countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Specifically with the introduction of the SEED Starter Programme, aspiring entrepreneurs were supported in the early phase of their business development and received direct support for their market entry. The SEED Replicator Programme promoted the duplication of successful eco-inclusive business models from across the globe and their adaptation to local requirements, providing operational support to the beneficiaries of the programme in the development process. Additionally, SEED implemented a Training-of-Trainers cycle in its Business Development Services Support+ work area. Furthermore, the most promising and innovative eco-inclusive enterprises in the target countries were honoured with SEED awards.
In terms of the regional challenges posed by climate change, agricultural sector issues such as renewable energy and waste management were of particular relevance in this project and were specifically addressed by the project’s activities. In the project’s principal target country, Malawi, SEED implemented an extensive policy-development and prototyping programme to accompany its direct enterprise support activities in order to improve the framework conditions for eco-inclusive enterprises in the country.
Throughout the project, adelphi continuously evaluated the development of social and ecological effects and publishes the results. As part of SEED's project management, adelphi was responsible for overall coordination of activities and programs.