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MICROFINANCE EVENT: SEED Africa Symposium, Nairobi, Kenya, September 9-10, 2015

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Event Name: SEED Africa Symposium

Event Date: September 9-10, 2015

Event Location: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Cost: The standard cost for this event is EUR 200 (USD 223). Students and employees of nonprofit, social and “eco-enterprises” are eligible for a discounted rate of EUR 125 (USD 139).

Summary of Event: The theme of this event is “Building Bridges for Impact COMMA” and sessions will focus on: (1) “Entrepreneurship and Innovation;” (2) “Finance and Support;” (3) “Green & Inclusive Policies;” (4) “Inclusive Value Chains;” and (5) “South-South Exchange” [1]. The event will also feature workshops on entrepreneurship and inclusive business practices, some of which will be open by invitation only.

Background on the organizer: SEED (formerly known as the SEED Initiative) is a Germany-based nonprofit forum focused on supporting the development of small-scale social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. SEED was launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa as a partnership among the

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In addition to the founders, other partners in the SEED forum include: the governments of Flanders, Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America; the European Union; and US-based Conservation International. SEED operates primarily through four activities: (1) the SEED Awards, an annual award scheme recognizing “innovative” social and environmental enterprises; (2) SEED Support, a business development service; (3) SEED Research and Learning, a research arm; and (4) SEED Forum and Network, a platform on which SEED can interact.

For additional information or to sign up for “invitation-only” workshops, you may contact the organizers via email at symposium[at] No telephone number is offered.

By Meredith Steih, Research Associate

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