SEED Partners

Society at large has come to realise that the fortunes of communities are intrinsically linked to their own.

That the problems marginalised communities face is ‘a poverty of opportunity’ that requires more emphasis on development and less on aid. That the challenges are systemic by nature, which means the solutions need to be systemic also.


Communities are the primary beneficiary of the programs. They typically want greater control over their own development needs, they want employment and a future for their youth and the associated wealth generated to be used to improve their long term quality of life.


Governments globally want more self determining communities and greater coordination of programming from both the public and private sectors to support long term social, environmental and economic development.


NGO’s want to deliver their programming and create impacts linked to the specific needs of the beneficiaries they are targeting. They need reliable funding and more targeted channel into communities to achieve this.


Businesses natural tendency is identify ways to grow and invest in new talent, new opportunities and new markets.


Funders and investors want good projects and business propositions to invest in and currently there is plentiful capital available for support, but a severe lack of pipeline (new projects) for their consideration.

Country Partners

Trained programme delivery partners work alongside communities, development and technical partners to work through the various phases of the SEED community development approach.

Each country has SEED programme leaders that either work directly for communities and community projects, or lead community members and university students in delivering the various phases.


The SEED New Zealand programme is led by Peter Salmon under the SEED New Zealand Trust.

The Trust was established in 2016 after successfully launching the programme in 2015 through a strategic partnership with Maven Consulting.  Maven Consulting is a multidisciplinary company providing strategic and operational consultancy services in both New Zealand and the Middle East.


The SEED Mexico programme is led by Richard Hanson and Sarahi Garcia based in Oaxaca, Mexico and principally funded by Fundacion ORB (one of the joint owners of the SEED programme).

Fundacion ORB is a youth and community development agency dedicated to growing social projects and ventures that increase the overall size, livelihood and impact of the social sector in Mexico. Its purpose is to build local capability, identify social opportunities and engage business in the support, growth and success of social projects that increase the overall size, livelihood and impact of the community sector.

The SEED Mexico team have been engaging and training students from a number of national and international technical universities to participate in community development, helping to facilitate the programme and providing technical support for community projects.

Community Partners

The programme and associated projects are supported by a range of community development partners or sponsors that includes regional or local councils, funding agencies and the communities themselves.

SEED appreciate the support received to engage communities and develop the plans, structures and projects to make long term impact for its members. Community development partners or sponsors are vitally important to us, to not only support the delivery teams in both New Zealand and Mexico but to be actively engaged in the community development process. If you wish to find out more about working with SEED, please contact us.

Awarua Rūnanga

The Southern Initiative

Fundación ORB

Fundacion ORB is an NGO that supports youth and sustainable community development, by providing programs that create long term development plans and by acting as a channel for social, productive and commercial projects for youth and other community members.

Our vision is to maintain a country with a vast, diverse web of communities that continue their unique culture and and are self empowered with the capabilities to deliver on their long term social, environmental and economic needs for themselves and t

NOMAD Republic

NOMAD Republic is a Development Tourism business providing unique experiences for youth in four global destinations.

University Of Canterbury

Waimakariri District Council