The SEED Initiative identifies and supports promising small scale social and environmental entrepreneurs that work towards greener economy while also tackling poverty, marginalization and social exclusion. In 2010, G-lish Foundation won the 2010 SEED Initiative Award for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development.
The 2010 SEED Initiative Award Ceremony
The SEED Initiative is hosted by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Governments of Germany, Norway, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
The SEED Initiative identifies and supports promising small scale social and environmental entrepreneurs that work towards greener economy while also tackling poverty, marginalization and social exclusion. There were 30 SEED Award winners throughout the world. Six of these winners were Ghanaian organisations. These were G-lish Foundation Ghana, Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative, Prekese Fruits for Community Livelihood Empowerment, Shea Economic Empowerment Programme, and Biofuel for Regenerating Degraded Lands and Decentralised Composting Systems.
The SEED award ceremony in Ghana was held at the British Council Hall in Accra on the 3rd of March 2011. All six award winners from Ghana were present at the award ceremony. Before the award ceremony, ample time was designated for networking between the winners and supporters.
With reference to G-lish Foundation, the co-founders and the program manager attended the programme.
The SEED Support Workshop
As part of the SEED support programme, a resource person from the SEED secretariat came to facilitate a two-day workshop for the staff of G-lish and its partner organizations, Trashy Bags Ghana and Desert Growth Foundation.
The workshop was held at the show-room of Trashy Bags, Ghana, from the 4th to the 5th of March 2011. On the 4th of March the workshop focused on the SEED Support Plan and support services for social and environmental entrepreneurs, the supply chain distribution mechanisms, the mapping plan, and the partnership plan. On the 5th of March the workshop focused on support needs plan, the break-even analysis, and pitching presentation.
Lessons learnt at SEED Support Workshop
The two day workshop was insightful and full of lessons.
Some of the key lessons that were learnt at the workshop are:
- The complexity of the network of different stakeholders whose actions affect the work of G-lish Foundation and vice-versa;
- The different services and assets that the various stakeholders have and how to tap into these assets and services;
- The unexplored benefits of the partnership between G-lish Foundation, Trashy Bags and Desert Growth Foundation;
- The strategic needs of G-lish Foundation;
- New marketing strategies;
- New sources of funding;
- How to pitch;
- How to improve upon quality of products;
- Cash flow management.
The workshop ended successfully at 4:30pm on March 5, 2011, with a feedback exercise where participants spoke about their impressions of the workshop in terms of facilitation, logistics, venue, food and topics discussed. They also filled official feedback forms from the SEED Initiative on the same issues.
The workshop served as a platform for the partners, G-lish Foundation, Trashy Bags and Desert Growth Foundation, to better know their strength and weakness and how best to maximize the benefits of the partnership.
The workshop was an exciting and insightful exercise that enables participants to explore the journey that G-lish has travelled so far and how G-lish can grow.
Participants were happy that they had the opportunity to participate in this workshop and be part of the SEED Initiative. Ultimately, the producers and others in the community we work with will benefit from the SEED Award. Click on the image to see a larger view of basket makers at work!