2016 was an active year for SEED: With the main annual SEED Awards in Africa, SAG-SEED Awards, SEED Gender Equality Awards as well as SEED Awards in India, all looking at identifying innovative and eco-inclusive local solutions in response to local social, environmental and economic challenges. This Annual Report guides you through the innovative ways that SEED has advanced in 2016 to serve as an active thought leader in the realm of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship for sustainable development, while also introducing to you this year’s SEED Winners that are all individually driving sustainable development forward in their communities and in their countries.
At the same time, the authors of the report look into the future: With its foundation in 2002, SEED set itself the goal of becoming a global player. In this sense, SEED was able to expand its importance for global and local development in the years 2005 to 2015. In the coming years, SEED is now to grow on the one hand and to expand into new regions on the other. At the same time, the existing tools and methods to support local development, to sustain local communities and ecosystems are to be provided more quickly.
Moreover, SEED wants to contribute to the implementation of national policies of inclusive green economy and low carbon economies and sustainable development. With a well defined and targeted advocacy plan, adequate materials, and capacity, SEED wants to become more global, as was its aim when launched in 2002, replicating the good practices of many of its SEED Winners and reaching out to other regions in the world.