Asia Climate and Environment Learning Lab
March 11, 2024
Start Date March 11, 2024
Location Online
ANDE Contact Ananya Saini
Climate and Environment Learning Lab

Through this endeavor, we hope to facilitate capacity building, insightful knowledge sharing, and the fostering of partnerships to support SGBs.

What is the Climate & Environment Learning Lab?

ANDE South Asia and ANDE East and Southeast Asia bring to you the Asia Climate and Environment Learning Lab! 

The learning lab is a meticulously designed meeting construct that acts as a platform to facilitate active learning, experimentation, collaboration, and problem-solving, allowing participants to gain practical skills and knowledge through real-world scenarios.

The goal is create a space where organizations can come together to foster collaborations, conduct insightful discussions, build capacity within this realm and act as catalysts of change to steer us towards the green transformation that the world urgently needs.

C And E LL Launch
What are our key priorities?
  • Fostering partnerships and collaboration with other ecosystem actors towards building capacity of ESOs in the C&E space to help support more SGBs.
  • Building capacity of relevant sector stakeholders via training sessions which equip them with tools to support SGBs.
  • Collecting and disseminating knowledge and/or information, to amplify the impact of SGBs on the environment feeding into policy advocacy efforts.
  • Advocacy initiatives to elevate the voice of SGBs and conversations about climate challenges in Asia.
Our Goals
  • To elevate and support SGBs efforts in addressing climate and environment needs in the Asia region.
  • To highlight evidence based needs in the climate and environment sector in order to increase awareness of underserved sub-sectors/scientific findings that validate the impact of SGBs on the environment.
  • To build capacity of relevant sector stakeholders via training sessions which equip them with tools to support climate SGBs. 
  • To support and scale ESOs that build capacity of SGBs which help communities cope with climate change, prioritizing adaptation & resilience efforts.
  • To facilitate South-South learnings of what is working in the SGB ecosystem in combating climate change.
Expert Excerpts

Find out what experts and climate champions have to say regarding the current state of the sector, what the future holds and opportunities that can be tapped into!

Expert Excerpts - Ajay Menon, TechnoServe
Upcoming Sessions

After the much awaited launch of our Learning Lab on 11 March 2024, we are happy to note that the next sessions are on their way. Dates to be announced soon.

Session 1

Capital Access Strategies for ESOs to Inculcate in Climate-Focused SGBs
In-depth exploration of capital access strategies tailored specifically for Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) with a focus on climate initiatives. The session will delve into the crucial aspects of securing funding and enhancing capacity for climate-focused SGBs.

Session 2

Financing Strategies for Climate-Centric Growth and Market Expansion
Uncovering innovative financing strategies designed to fuel the growth and expansion of climate-focused Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs). Unlocking fundraising tactics, and market expansion strategies tailored for SGBs operating in the climate sector.

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