At SEED Ventures, we understand the power of Research for Sustainable Development. This isn’t just a tagline; it’s our operational backbone and guiding principle. We embed it in our day-to-day work to move beyond just financial progress and to actively contribute to a sustainable, equitable world.

The Environmental Scoping Study of the Lyari River

This study, conducted with the support of The Coca-Cola Company, was part of the Ocean Cleanup and Coca-Cola’s global partnership aimed at stemming the tide of plastic waste by intercepting it in rivers around the world.

Mission Cleaner Pakistan

Amid the pressing alarm of climate change, SEED, in partnership with Philip Morris Pakistan Limited, took the proactive step of launching Mission Cleaner Pakistan (MCP). Conceived by the Entrepreneurship & Youth Development Society (EYDS), this sustainability awareness programme was devised to engage the young population of Pakistan in tackling escalating waste and climate concerns. The central strategy involved inspiring them to partake in clean-up drives scattered across the country.

Mehran Town Research

This comprehensive research study focused on women’s empowerment in Mehran Town, a slum area in Karachi, Pakistan. The research aimed to explore the income-generating activities of women, the potential for microenterprises, the community’s perspective on women’s empowerment and educa- tion, and possible actions for further empower- ment. The findings revealed that despite facing numerous challenges including low literacy rates, financial constraints, and societal pressures, there was an eagerness to learn and grow among the women of Mehran Town. Interestingly, a significant majority of the community, including male mem- bers, were supportive of women’s education and their contribution to household income.

Pakistan Market Study

SEED Ventures, with the support of SUE (the Finnish Foreign Trade Promotion Fund), is conducting the Pakistan Market Study Research. This report aims to provide Finnish companies with a comprehensive blueprint plan to identify business opportunities in Pakistan. It also explores how businessmen from both Pakistan and Finland can collaborate on new bilateral trade opportunities. The relationship between Pakistan and Finland dates back to the 1950s when Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize Finland after it gained independence. Since then, the two countries have maintained a friendly relationship, with Finland providing aid and assistance to Pakistan in various sectors, including education and development.

Pakistan and Pakistani Diaspora in the UK: Researching Our Effective Giving

Social Enterprise Academy – Scotland and SEED Ventures had teamed up with University of Roehampton School of Business and Oxford University researchers, to explore how the dias- pora in Scotland viewed social needs in Pakistan, which of them they cared about most and wheth- er – in the future – they might have been excited to help in new ways that guaranteed more of their support reaching the right causes – and in ways that they could see exactly how their resources were used. This survey was backed by the Scot- tish Government and supported by Scotland’s Social Enterprise Academy.

Kunri Chilli Research

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the red chilli value chain in Pakistan, particularly focusing on the Sindh province, and more specifi- cally the Umerkot district and its tehsil Kunri, known as the capital of red chillies in Asia. Despite being the sixth largest producer of red chillies globally, Pakistan does not rank in the top ten exporting countries. The high presence of a fungus known as aflatoxin has been identified as a signifi- cant contributing factor. The report is a collabora- tion between Maersk and SEED Ventures and aims to identify the gaps at each stage of the value chain and explore potential opportunities for red chilli exports from Kunri.

Interloop Scoping Study

This report unveils the rationale and findings of a scoping study executed by SEED Ventures for Interloop Limited, as part of the Niswan Programme, an initiative dedicated to empower- ing women. The study’s primary objective was to map out the landscape of home-based food businesses in Faisalabad to explore their potential to deliver quality food to Interloop’s employees across various offices and hostels in the city. The research was conducted in two major phases. The first phase was a demand-side study, focusing on understanding the needs of Interloop employees, with an assessment of factors such as food quality, price, and variety to determine the employees’ requirements and preferences.

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