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What is it about? Africa represents the last frontier of development and potentially, a place where the next economic success story of our planet would happen. The challenges the African continent faces are tremendous and each and every challenge represents an opportunity. The prevailing habit of single-naming and acting upon the ‘emerging market countries’ framework is in stark contrast with the vast differentiated realities India, Brazil or African countries are presenting. It does nothing to help Africa and address the jujitsu points that can unleash the best within Africa. We strongly believe economical flourishing holds the key to environmental and social stewardship and both goes hand in hand. The world is witnessing a post-industrial economy and the new economy would live by those three (3) realities: - (1) Low-carbon: transitioning from a fuel-intensive economy to a clean economy - where energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon finance prevail - where climate and resource intensity mitigation and adaptation is key - (2) Inclusive: transitioning from ‘top-of-the pyramid’ business models to inclusive business models fueled by the newfound sustainable consumerism and where the role of every stakeholder in society is dramatically affected - (3) Smart + Connected: transitioning from an Internet restricted to the web to where Internet and other smart technologies spill over the societal infrastructure (transportation, utility, healthcare) – delivering smarter citizen services and connecting the new knowledge workers We offer to leapfrog Africa to the new sustainable economy. What we want to accomplish? We would match our intimate knowledge of the continent realities with the opportunities abounding to drive programs & projects that make come true a low-carbon, inclusive and connected Africa. We inspire our actions from our T framework: Horizental Axis (Areas we lead) Talent Management Research and Intelligence Capacity-Building Vertical Axis (Topics we address) Low-carbon Energy efficiency Environmental finance and carbon markets Renewable Energy Inclusive Inclusive Business Models Smart+Connected Wise Technologies Accceleration Mobile for Change Adoption
How we would do that? (Tentative list) Growing a talent base ACTIONS African Scholarship Program in carbon careers A directory of African Talents in sustainability professions Top African Government Officials Training Program Volunteer Corps program Think Africa Council! + African Fellows for Sustainability + Incubation Center BRIEF DESCRIPTION Collaborate with universities to offer scholarships in carbon careers dedicated to Africans and promote those opportunities Identify all African students and young professionals abroad in the sustainability field (those guys can make a big difference) A residential and/or fellowship program to government officials in sustainability careers to strengthen their capacities and build networks Place young or accomplished climate, environmental professionals in African companies for short or longterm assignments The Think Africa Council! brings together accomplished African leaders from all areas with busy schedules but bold ideas for Africa they are willing to share + Climate for Africa management We recruit a cohort of African fellows, who go through a leadership program, lead the execution of those bold ideas or Climate for Africa! Initiatives An incubation center support the fellows’ work %$ % % % $ %
Growing a knowledge base Clean Technology Track the transfer of clean technologies in Africa, local Transfer in Africa indigenous technologies and locate opportunities Observatory untapped [virtual map] African or worldwide A free Information Repository of environmental Environmental legislation from the 53 countries in Africa (such a Legislation Information repository does not exist) [virtual map] Repository Climate and A free Information Repository of financial engineering Environmental Finance best practices to fund Sustainability (such a repository Innovations for Africa does not exist) [virtual map] Information Repository Convening a Financial Innovation Summit for Africa to + Financial Innovation deepen or create new financial products/services Summit matching local opportunities African Knowledge Though articles on clean energy, carbon management Portal on and climate finance. Streams (RSS, tweets) of Climate management international climate news relevant to Africa Smart Policy for Africa We would be the first pro-african opinioned center to Assessment Center review documentation likely to affect African governments sustainability path and issue a comprehensive review to the African public. Decode outsiders’ donation agencies, think thanks lock-in interest reports as well as country legislation enacted.
Nurturing and strengthening Stakeholders’ Capacities Academic support to Drafting carbon management courses African Higher Mobilizing partnerships with other universities Education Institutions worldwide Facilitate the creation of The African Network of Carbon Professionals/ other bodies Sustainability Experts Specific Industry or cross-industry partnership (e.g. the African Corporate Roundtable on Sustainable Commodities) Services on request or On-demand research, advisory and consulting services services brokerage On-demand services (keynote, partnerships…) $ = potential of revenue generation % = fundraising Notes: The center would have to be financially sustainable. Not our main motive though. Who are the people behind? Richard Seshie Ahedor is passionate for sustainability and carbon management practice. He was the AIESEC Development Envoy Program Manager in Cote d’Ivoire and later served at the African and International level. As part of those positions, he ran 3 national community development projects in Cote d’Ivoire and placed dozens of students on internship assignments abroad. He then co-founded ‘My Choice!’ - among the first youth educational program for environmental sustainability in India where hundreds of high school students were taught on environmental and responsible citizenship practices with an ongoing successful program in Canada. With Ashoka India, he worked as part of the Full Economic Citizenship Initiative providing intelligence to scale a micro insurance model offering health cover to over 65,000 low income individuals. He went on short stints with Microsoft as Community Affairs Coordinator for North Africa and Innovest Group Exclusive Research partner – Solaron India as Responsible Investing Analyst. He is a current editor at www.facebook.com/jsustainability and a top contributor and Reference on Business Week Business Exchange Sustainability topics. He has been distinguished as a Global Changemaker by The British Council and is a member of the Association of Sustainability Practitioners, UK. Richard holds a Bachelor Degree in Geography with a major in development studies and population from the National University of Ivory Coast (Cocody).