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Green Recovery Ecosystem Builder Programme - Southeast Asia

Making SME support programmes green, fair and recovery proof

Multiple actors (ASEAN, OECD) have recognised the critical importance of eco-inclusive small- and mediums-size enterprise (SMEs) during the Covid-19 pandemic, which are indeed impacted negatively by the pandemic effects, but which also continue to be the drivers of local green and inclusive growth.

Hence, governments, donors and international players put them at the heart of their green and fair recovery packages. In this light, the effectiveness and efficiency of enterprise support programmes driven by intermediaries, accelerators, business advisors, tech hubs and support agencies will become a critical piece in upcoming recovery measures.
These organisations and programmes will be essential in building a resilient SME sector by providing business training, access to markets, networks and mentors, financial and social capital, and in-kind support.

Key Facts

ObjectiveBuilding a supportive ecosystem for SMEs in Southeast Asia
FormatCurated and facilitated expert peer-learning
Eligible ParticipantsUp to 30 selected SEA ecosystem builders
Timing4 months (Digital kick-off and face-to-face closure workshop)
MethodologyTool based inputs centred around participant real cases
Tool-based peer-learning workshops growing a network of ecosystem builders

This new ongoing programme offered by SEED in partnership with Yunus Thailand aims at maximising the impact of Covid-19 related enterprise support measures building a growing network of ecosystem builders at country level. The programme targets participants who lead programmes or departments and are responsible for the successful implementation of enterprise support services. Designed as a four-months programme with face-to-face and online modules, it targets both, the programming and enterprise support level. Programming institutions and implementers from across Southeast Asia will work together in a case-based peer-learning process to advance potential or existing support programmes using hands-on tools addressing organisational challenges at hand. The holistic programme toolkit is based on design thinking and user-centred frameworks allowing the participants to work on their real-life programme cases pioneering new approaches or refining existing good practices.

Modular Toolification methodology to improve individual programme designs

The programme will be driven by the SEED coined “Toolification” methodology allowing the participating ecosystem builders to modify and/or advance their existing or potential enterprise support programme. The modular participant-centred programme will focus on three critical pillars around 1) Designing of Eco-Inclusive Enterprise Support Programmes, 2) Programme Mainstreaming of Green-Inclusive Recovery Considerations, 3) Design Thinking Tools which help to implement user-centred enterprise programmes. The programme methodology incorporates the partners distilled learning from working with eco-inclusive enterprises and social businesses designing enterprise support programmes with multiple actors over 15 years in multiple countries around the globe.

Key Benefits for Participants

  • Practical insights and improved performance through hands-on programme development
  • Professional skill development at management, technical and soft-skill level
  • Improved programme design integrating eco-inclusive enterprise and green recovery considerations
  • Membership in a growing closed-door alumni network of Ecosystem Builders (online and offline)
  • Peer-to-peer exchange with other like-minded experts
  • Access to a comprehensive SEED Enterprise Resilience toolkit
  • Certification of the programme completion

Target Group and Eligibility

The programme targets organisations who work at the interface of business, civil society and politics, and support business or entrepreneurial solutions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The programme is designed to deliver impact at an organisational level. Although the training targets mid-level team members it will include input and time with at least one member of leadership committing to support the team members throughout the program to deliver outcomes at an organisational level. It further aims to advance impact at the programming and enterprise support level and therefore invites participants from two target groups:

Programming institutions: Government agencies, development partners, international organisations, donors, corporates and foundations.

Implementer: Incubators, accelerators, business advisors and hubs.

We recommend organisations to join in in a team of two people which allows to work in a small-team on the questions at hand. We strive to have a versatile group of participants balancing gender, stakeholder groups and organisational representation.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • have a relevant academic degree in the areas of business, international development or natural resource management;
  • experience or a strong interest in providing and/or developing enterprise support programmes;
  • experience or a strong interest in working with eco-inclusive enterprises in the respective countries;
  • experience or a strong interest working on development programming;
  • English proficiency is a requirement.

Target Group and Eligibility

The global selling price for this ongoing programme is USD 3000,- per participant. SEED with the generous support of the government of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Germany (SEED), can offer the launch of this programme for a selected number of participants for free (transportation and accommodation costs not covered). In order to complete an application, please submit your CV and a short statement of motivation addressing the questions via this link. Submissions will be accepted until 16 October 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by 23 October 2020. In case of questions, please contact us at

An information webinar on this programme will be organised on 30 September 2020, details on the timing, login details as well as the recording will be published here.

Outline of the Programme

During the 4 months period of the Programme, ecosystem builders will develop and refine their enterprise support programmes under the guidance of experts jointly with their peers. The case-based peer learning methodology will guarantee a hands-on, real life programme development experience leveraging the expertise of the selected ecosystem builders:

Part 1: Inception workshop: Building Next Level Green Recovery Enterprise Support Programmes – 2nd-5th November 2020 (Digital 4 half-day programme): Understand where you are at with your programme. This workshop will set the stage for the upcoming months.

Part 2: Online peer-exchange sessions: Programme refinement in action November 2020 – January 2021 (Four 2-3hr-Workshop sessions – digital or if possible face-to-face at country level): Refine your programme in action. Use peer-learning insights and expert guidance to refine your programme.

Part 3: Transformation workshop: Demonstrating the impact of your Enterprise Support Programme Early February 2021 (Face-to-face 3 full-day programme in Bangkok or Jakarta): It’s time to leverage the benefits of your support programme. Exchange with your peers on the achievements so far and get insights on the critical milestones to maximise further your performance.