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Where is the challenge? Africa is the last continent where scalable development is a huge expectation and potentially represents the next chapter in the economic success of the planet. The challenges the continent faces are herculean and every challenge is an opportunity of a similar weight. At the same time, the very notions of economic success and development as understood by our contemporaries must be revisited and gradually are greeted with new social, environmental and technological considerations. In our view, the world is embracing a postindustrial economic transition toward a ‘new’ economy based on three (3) pillars: - (1) Clean: the transition from a fossil fuel economy to a clean economy where energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental finance and the dematerialization of services prevail - where mitigation / adaptation to both the climate and the intensity of natural resources use is key. - (2) Inclusive: the transition from business models that solely offer products / services to the top percentile of the wealthy towards more inclusive or tailored models where the disadvantaged are employees, suppliers and consumers of products/services - encouraging sustainable consumption patterns - with the private sector as a full citizen in society with amplified responsibilities - (3) Connected: From an Internet restricted to the web to an Internet which, associated with other technologies spill over unto the public infrastructure (transport, healthcare, utilities), offers smart services to citizens and accentuating the era of knowledge workers. We would love to help leap Africa to this 'new sustainable economy'. Who are we? What do we want to accomplish? Vision: A clean, inclusive and connected Africa where each human being is a full economic agent. Mission: Climate for Africa is an incubator of programs and projects that help leap Africa to a clean, inclusive and connected economy. Approach: We combine our intimate knowledge of Africa’ realities with the discernment of existing and future opportunities to conduct programs and projects that provide an added value to Africa. To do that, we use our T matrix in the choice of our actions: Horizontal Axis - Our focus areas Talent Management Research and Intelligence Capacity Building Vertical Axis - Our preferred subjects Clean Energy Efficiency Environmental Finance and Carbon Markets Renewable Energy Dematerialization of products and services Inclusive Inclusive Business Models Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Connected Adoption / Acceleration of useful technologies Mobile for Change PS: This matrix would be reevaluated on a periodical basis to account for future trends.
What projects / initiatives we intend to make happen? (Tempting list 2011-2014) ACTIONS Nurture a Talent Base Achieve Africa! Program Council + African fellows + Incubation Center BRIEF DESCRIPTION Achieve Africa! Program identifies and supports a cohort of 10 Africans every year with the most promising and transformative ideas for a Sustainable Africa We bring together key African decision makers under the Achieve Africa! Council on a 1-on-1 mentorship program We immerse them in a 6-month study tour program including visits, conferences, internships, and leadership sessions We bring them in-house to work on their ventures in our incubation center and assist them in making it happen. A reason why African soccer national teams became great occurred when we knew where the talents where. We would identify all expatriated and local talented students and young African professionals – profile them and wherever possible provide incentives to their work. Place MBA/MSc students and young professionals from prestigious universities (Aspen Top 500 ...) as energy efficiency, water management, sustainability fellows with African corporations for short (3 months) or long term periods (1 year) Collaborate with universities worldwide to host African students willing to pursue a sustainability/carbon mgt. academic track A residential program for African government officers working for Sustainability (environment, waste, urban planning ...) to strengthen their capacities and networks Education portal for the African Public raising awareness on sustainability issues and spreading good case practices (local and alien) for mitigating/adaptating to climate/resource intensity issues. A free online library where are documented all financial engineering solutions to finance cleantech, energy efficiency and sustainability programs to assist corporations, government agencies and the citizen sector. Initiate a bi-annual Summit on Environmental and Carbon Finance Innovation to adopt or re-engineer financial products / services consistent with Africa needs and opportunities A virtual map to locate existing needs or opportunities – to track the transfer of clean technologies to Africa
Directory of African talents in sustainability professions Sustain Corps Placement Program African Scholarship Program in Sustainability and Carbon careers Capacity Building Program for African government officers Expanding our knowledge African Portal on ‘green’ and climate issues Online library of innovative financial solutions for Africa + Summit on Financial Innovation
Observatory for the transfer of clean technologies to Africa Online Library on Africa A free online library with the environmental legislation of the 53 African countries, continuously updated environmental legislation Smart Policy for Africa Assessment A pro-African and pan-African center offering an independent assessment on the added value of policies and studies enacted for Africa by Center International, multilateral institutions and agencies Strengthening our capacity / supporting other players Capacity Building for African Introduction/strengthening of academic curriculum on carbon/other sustainability disciplines institutions of higher education Mobilize partnerships with other universities worldwide Creating synergies with existing players/ Facilitating the emergence of new players where needed Facilitate industry or cross-industry partnerships (e.g. The African working group on Sustainable commodities, the African working group on insurance for climate change) / Facilitate the emergence of new players (e.g. The African Network of Carbon/ Sustainability Professionals)
Founding Team of CLIMATE FOR AFRICA The main founders Richard Seshié (Côte d’Ivoire) Richard Seshié has collaborated with three world-class organizations: Ashoka India (on social Entrepreneurship); Innovest Group (on socially responsible investment) and Microsoft (as Community Affairs Coordinator for North Africa). He personally founded 'My Choice! » one of the first privately-led educational programs on environmental sustainability in India, since replicated in both Canada and Pakistan. Richard is considered the top contributor and a reference on sustainable development topics from Business Week Business Exchange, the social network of the American business review. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Côte d’Ivoire, is certified on corporate social responsibility by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and is a member of the Association of Sustainability Practitioners, U.K. More on his resume – www.linkedin.com/in/sustain. Dr. Robin Wyatt (U.K.) Robin Wyatt is a social research and evaluation consultant, and holds a PhD in social sciences from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, U.K. He has experience of 66 countries across all of the world’s continents, including several in Africa, and has worked in the developing world for five out of his nine years of social research experience. His clients have included the World Bank (India and the U.K.), the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (U.K.) and ex-US President Jimmy Carter’s Carter Center (U.S. and East Timor). More on his website (http://www.robinwyatt.org) and in his professional brochure (http://www.robinwyatt.org/brochure.pdf).
Available Members Melissa Nfedt (South Africa) – BA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Cape Town, Member of the Golden Key International Society, British Council ‘Global Changemaker’ Constant Kansé (Burkina-Faso/Ivory Coast) – Master in Marketing from the International Institute of Management, Ouagadougou, Marketing Consultant for Rural Energy Consultancy SARL Burkina Faso Adeniyi Adeyemi (Nigeria) – Procter & Gamble Nigeria (CSR Department), ex-President of AIESEC Nigeria Julie Virgin (USA) – BA (Hons) in International Relations from Long Island University, My World! My Choice! Green Mentor, India Mari Sawai (Japan) – MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Climate Change Policy Intern at the Japanese Ministry of Environment.
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