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About SED Fund
The SED Fund was set up in 2018 to deliver an ecosystem of actions mapped to nine of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by raising ambitions through philanthropic support. The breath of the SDGs to which our work is linked highlights the systemic nature of the approach needed to support economic development according to our vision of sustainability, equity, and diversity.
The SED Fund catalyses resources and leadership for an equitable energy transition and climate action, by raising the ambitions of civil society through philanthropic support. We use a venture philanthropy model that provides seed funding to early-stage organisations or programmes and continues to support them in their growth and scale-up journey. The SED team uses its extensive networks to identify bold ideas with unique models and enables them to be effective towards climate action. We provide timely, reliable, and relevant data, sharing learning on the issues and solutions, working towards effective implementation at a local, national, regional, and sectoral level and funding work aligned with our mission. We apply a strategic focus, and an independent, analytical, and fact-based approach in co-developing strategy with partners and stakeholders.
Since many of the grantees are new organisations, the SED team directly invests time and effort in mentoring and capacity building. Organisation development support is also provided in areas such as strategy, fundraising, systems, and processes.
We believe an innovative and multi-partner approach, operating at the required scale and pace is imperative to address the scale of the challenge. We also seek to remain nimble and adapt in real time to the context, needs and opportunities that arise.
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