The world’s youngest countries – in terms of the average age of the population – are in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the United Nations’ World Population Prospects 2019. With this belief, the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have focused on bringing the voice of the African youth to the forefront of climate action through climate change adaptation and resilience.
The two organisations recently launched a call for applications for the very first African Youth Adaptation Solutions (YouthADAPT) Challenge to harness the power of young entrepreneurs to implement solutions for building resilience and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change. This challenge calls for ideas, initiatives and innovations that can help the African continent adapt better to climate change effects. The challenge is part of African Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) whose mission is to accelerate climate adaptation.
In this regard, on Monday, 20th September, 12.00 GMT, the two organizations in partnership with KCIC Consulting Limited will host an online info session for young entrepreneurs to learn more about the YouthADAPT Challenge. The session will also be a space to link up with other great innovators across the African continent and create partnerships.
The info session will feature Prof. Antony Nyong, the Regional Director Africa at Global Center Adaptation and Taferra Geoferry Muzira, the coordinator of Jobs for Youth in Africa at African Development Bank and it will be moderated by Christine Mwangi, Manager Private Sector Development at KCIC Consulting Limited.
The call for applications for the challenge is open. If you are a young-at-heart climate enthusiast with an innovative business to help the continent adapt to and reduce the impacts of climate change, apply for the opportunity and stand a chance to win a business grant of up to $100,000 and be incubated in a 12-month accelerator program to receive business mentorship.
Join us to learn more about the challenge and how you stand to benefit from the program.
The applications window will close on 6th October 2021.