Grant to promote entrepreneurship for sustainable development, 2012

Project: Supporting Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship in South Africa, with a special focus on KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Limpopo Province

Partner: WCMC, which hosts the SEED Initiative (from 2013: Adelphi Research)

Duration: 24.12.2012 – 23.08.2016

Budget: 771.047 euro

The general objective of the project is to contribute to advancing a green and sustainable economy in South Africa, in particular KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Limpopo, by enhancing social and environmental entrepreneurship, thereby strengthening local capacities, delivering green jobs, and promoting sustainable development and poverty reduction.

The project will therefore work on two complementary and interlinked levels.

Capacity level:

  • A selected number of start-up social and environmental enterprises in the three target provinces will be selected and supported directly with a package of capacity building, a small financial investment to help to fill their most immediate needs, networking, and profiling;
  • a selected number of past, and hence more established, SEED Winners in the three target provinces will be provided with advanced capacity support, particularly in the area of finance, and a larger investment for growing their enterprise;
  • SEED South African winners will be introduced to each other, and to relevant institutions and networks in the region, to establish a wider South African community which can share support and business opportunities, and experience.

Policy level: Analytical work will be conducted to look at the economic, social and environmental benefits SEED South African winners deliver and the barriers they face. Aimed at policy makers, the study will draw on the evidence base and examine how social and environmental entrepreneurship might be enhanced in South Africa.


The final beneficiaries of the project will be social and environmental enterprises in South Africa and their local communities and partners. But there will be wider beneficiaries, including the South African government, national experts, business groups, networks and leaders, as well as civil society organisations and academia; all could benefit from the analytical insights generated through this project.

Exemples of supported enterprises are All Women RecyclingFood & Trees for Africa‡Khomani San Kalahari Cultural and Nature Guides en Waste to Food. 

Second phase of the project.