Could the informal economy provide the way forward for the green growth agenda? Ahead of an IIED event on 25 February 2016, Mao Amis looks at lessons that can be learned.
South Africa is starting to make significant progress in the transition to a green economy. Renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable waste management, biodiversity & ecosystem services and sustainable human settlements are the key sectors driving this transition. The green economy has a very high potential for job creation, but skills and enterprise development are urgent needs.
The risk of climate change is all around us. But the most vulnerable in society are bearing the brunt of this risk. We need to provide an opportunity for vulnerable groups to meaningfully partake in identifying local solutions that work best for their context. Only a bottom-up approach backed by strong policy signals from the top can achieve this.
Green entrepreneurs will be a tt he forefront of Africa’s fight against climate change. Dr Mao Amis, Executive Director of the African Centre for a Green Economy looks at how Africa can cultivate its indigenous entrepreneurial expertise to build the green economy from the ground up.
Improving energy access and empowering those at the base of the pyramid should be the defining framework for any South-South cooperation to lift millions of Africa out of energy poverty and to lead to an effective green transformation.
Re.Define is an initiative and workshop experience to catalyse true prosperity for the greater Cape Town area. To achieve more systematic collaboration across sectors and to mainstream appreciation of social capital and environmental value, Re.Define set out to create a shared vision and to connect the right people to make it a reality. The workshop was designed and facilitated by Invisible Sun, the Kaospilots and Africege.