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Bangladesh among 2009 SEED Award Winners

SEED awards-winners 2009
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual international competition, designed to support locally-led, innovative, entrepreneurial partnerships in developing countries which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

The SEED Initiative assists young and promising initiatives to strengthen and scale-up the impact of their activities. Unlike most other competitions, the SEED Award does not carry a money prize. Instead a range of services, support and connections are offered through SEED’s Support Programme, to give Award Winners every prospect of success.

The SEED Awards recognize and reward two levels of winners:
• Award Winners, which are announced every year at the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development in New York. They are publicized and profiled through SEED’s network and receive business and partnership support services, worth US$5,000, to help connect them with potential partners and funders.
• Gold Award Winners, selected from the Award Winners, which receive additional business and partnership support services over a period of up to 12 months, to help them scale up. The services are worth US$35,000, of which US$25,000 is managed directly by the Winner. The nature of the support services is developed jointly with each Winner, responding to the needs that they identify. SEED then helps to locate or provide those services, drawing on local sources wherever possible. In addition to receiving support services, Gold Award Winners are celebrated at SEED Awards ceremonies in their home countries.

The 2009 SEED Award Winners
• Bangladesh: “Solar conversion of traditional kerosene hurricane lamps”.
A national NGO in partnership with a local NGO and a cooperative have developed an innovative device called “SuryaHurricane”, a low-cost solar lantern made from recycled parts of the conventional and much-used kerosene lantern.

• Bangladesh: “Generating local economy through regenerating local resources”.
A cooperation between a national NGO, a research institution and a small-sized business aims to avoid bio-diversity losses and degradation of the agricultural lands, by recycling waste from rice-growing for the production of cement that will be used in the production of low cost housing materials.

• Brazil: “One Million Cistern Program (P1MC)”.
Local NGOs and local community associations have joined forces with the national government and international agencies to develop and build one million home cisterns to collect and store rain water in the semi-arid region, bringing access to potable water for poor rural families.

• Brazil: “The sustainable use of Amazonian seeds”.
Regional development in the Brazilian Amazon is the aim of the partners, achieved by encouraging the organization of the local communities as a co-operative, and by transferring technologies and training the community in the production of oils made from Amazonian seeds, resulting in increased incomes for these communities.

• Brazil: “Eco-Amazon Piabas of Rio Negro”.
A national NGO, a cooperative of small producers and public authorities are working together to build a niche market of specialty ornamental fishes and to introduce a fair trade system through socio-environmentally responsible fishing.

• Burkina Faso: “Nafore & Afrisolar energy kiosks”.
A small business and international NGOs are cooperating to provide sustainable energy supply to poor communities by expanding the use of “Nafore”, a PV-based telephone charger, powered 100% on solar energy.

• Colombia: “Oro Verde® – Facilitating market access for artisan miners”.
A national NGO and local community associations are engaged in an initiative to reverse environmental degradation and social exclusion produced by illegal and uncontrolled mechanized mining. A mining certification process and capacity building program have been created created. More than 1000 artisan mines are now following social and environmental criteria.

• Colombia: “Camarones Sostenibles del Golfo de Morrosquillo”.
The partners of this project are a community-based organization, a local NGO and a small business which are aiming to establish an cooperative enterprise that includes families of traditional fishermen in the Morrosquillo Gulf, farming shrimp in a way which produces zero emissions.

• Cook Islands: “Innovative inland oyster aquafarming”.
A local business in partnership with a national NGO is farming oysters under controlled conditions in an environmentally friendly and wholly sustainable manner. Farming fish provides relief from subsistence fishing of the over-harvested lagoons in the region as well as new food security and income generation to communities involved.

• Kenya: “MakaaZingira”
produces FSC certified charcoal for conservation and livelihood creation. A national NGO, a community-based organisation and a small business network aim to establish a sustainable eco-charcoal production model, helping small scale farmers to replace unsustainable practices while also bringing social benefits.

• Kenya: “Integrated plastics recovery and recycling flagship project”.
A project carried out by a large and a small business in partnership with a national NGO, aiming to offer the most viable option to recycling of dirty polythenes into plastic poles. It works to improve and strengthen livelihood assets for poor and marginalised youth and women.

• Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia: “Sunny Money – solar micro-franchising”.
International NGOs and community-based organisations in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia have created a micro-franchise named Sunny Money, which recruits, trains and supports a growing network of solar entrepreneurs in East Africa, especially deaf and disabled people, helping them build and sell solar kits to power lights, radios and mobile phones.

• Mozambique: “The clean energy initiative”.
This project aims to provide rural electrification using sustainable energy, generating local employment and promoting entrepreneurial skills, by offering capacity building in the manufacture, installation and maintenance of micro wind turbines. The partners of this project are local small businesses and an academic institution.

• Niger: “Almodo”.
A partnership between a small business and a research institution is developing a sustainable self-financing solid waste management system that contributes to improving living conditions of the poorest population, in collaboration with a women’s group that collects solid waste in poor urban areas of Niger’s three biggest cities.

• Panama: “Planting Empowerment”.
An initiative involving a small business in partnership with a community-based organization and an international agency is leveraging private capital to increase conservation and provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to the local population as the same time as improve natural resource conservation in fragile environmental areas.

• South Africa, Namibia and Botswana: “Biocultural protocols – community approaches to Access and Benefit Sharing”.
Civil society organizations have mobilized efforts to develop bio-cultural protocols with different local indigenous communities which will help to provide a model whereby local communities can share the benefits if local resources and expertise are developed for market purposes.

• Sri Lanka: ”Solar energy, education & fishing”.
National and international NGOs, with the cooperation of public authorities, are working to expand the use of an alternative lighting system in rural villages, through the replacement of kerosene lamps with solar panels.

• Tanzania: “KOLCAFE – Smallholder coffee revenue enhancement”.
This initiative, involving national NGOs and a local research institution, aims to empower coffee farmers and increase coffee production by improving agronomic practices and adding value through building product processing infrastructure and selling products directly to export markets.

• Thailand: “Carbon bank and village development”.
This innovative initiative of national NGOs and an academic institution aims to encourage, support and enhance community-based indigenous forestry through carbon credit trading to enable successful climate change adaptation and socio-economic development for local communities and biodiversity conservation.

• Zimbabwe: “Bridge to the World”.
A small business, a research institution and an association of small-scale women farmers together are facing the challenge of improving rural livelihoods and reversing severe land degradation through innovative organic farming of essential oils, made from the indigenous Tarchonanthus camphoratus bush.

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