We aim to empower Africans for a sustainable future
Vision & Framework
Background & Rationale
The rationale for Green Shift Africa (GSA) is driven by the imperatives of the sustainable development agenda to spur innovations in green technologies and deliver affordable food, water and energy to all Africans.
The Green Shift Africa framework is predicated on the achievement of three key goals: Ending energy and food poverty and increasing access to clean water and sanitation; increasing the share of renewable energy in the African energy mix and boosting Climate Resilient Agriculture on the continent, to enhance food and Agricultural production; and increasing energy efficiency, agricultural/food production volumes and value chains and efficient water use by households and industry on the African continent.
The vision for the conceptualisation of Green Shift Africa has also been borne out of the imperative of forging new partnerships for the delivery of water, food and energy security on the African continent – new partnerships of academics, governments, business and industry, and civil societies. These also include new cross-sectoral partnerships that link energy, food and water security and climate change.
The over-riding theme of partnerships, thus, dictates the ‘nexus-oriented approach’ of the work of Green Shift Africa – across the water, food and energy sectors – three crucial areas where current and future unmet needs, especially of the millions of poor people in Africa, are of global concern.
Within this nexus-oriented approach, there are two key stakeholder groups that are prioritised in the work of Green Shift Africa – Women and Youth.
Women are the engines driving sustainable development in Africa, yet they also disproportionately bear the brunt of the challenges of water, food and energy insecurity on the continent. Civil society argues that poverty has a gendered paradigm and policymakers must develop energy, water and food/Agricultural policies that strengthen women’s economic capacity to eradicate ‘feminized’ poverty. By understanding the linkages between gender, energy, water, food and poverty, then policymakers will from a sustainable development perspective promote gender awareness and mainstreaming in energy, water and food/Agriculture-related projects, to develop long-term gender-sensitive policies and programmes.
In Africa, 60% of the population is below the age of 24. The continent also boasts the fastest growing population of all the global regions. This Youth ‘bulge’ is currently and into the future, being hugely impacted by the challenges of water, food and energy insecurity on the continent. The entrepreneurial flair of African Youth can be channeled to deliver innovative solutions, approaches and methodologies to tackle the challenges of water, food and energy insecurity on the continent.
Green Shift Africa has undertaken an ambitious vision, strategic goals and an innovative programmatic action framework. Green Shift Africa is committed to the sustainable development of the African continent, through synergising the ‘smart’ new cross-sectoral partnerships that will deliver multiplier impacts and benefits, maximise economies of scale, enhance added-value and thus, radically transform the landscape of Water, Food and Energy Security on the African continent, and deliver sustainable livelihoods and enhanced quality of life for Africans.
To be the knowledge powerhouse of Africa’s Green Economy
To empower Africans (particularly women and youth) for a sustainable future, through education, innovation and knowledge advocacy in the challenging nexus of Food, Energy and Water security.
We support and disseminate Research and Development (R&D) initiatives in the following areas:
Agriculture and Food Security
We build synergies and collaborate with African governments, the Regional Economic Communities (REC’s), the African Union (AU)/NEPAD, existing NGOs, Academic institutions, private/public organizations, and international multi-lateral agencies and institutions, to achieve our aims.
We work with disadvantaged communities to empower and educate them on the best and latest practices in sustainable agriculture, energy and water security practices.
Workshops and Conferences
We convene dynamic, interactive and well-informed workshops and conferences with key strategic partners and stakeholders periodically.
We are establishing a strong media platform on the African continent. Our media channels comprise of strong social media networks, community radio programmes and TV programmes.
We plan to produce a quarterly magazine publication (both digital and print editions); the aim of the publication will be to profile, disseminate and highlight good practice in African countries, and the steps they are undertaking towards delivering a sustainable future.
Climate change and environmental awareness initiatives of various local government institutions will also be profiled through our media channels.
Women and Youths
We design specific programmes and events for African women and youths. An example in this regard, is our partnership collaboration with the Student Energy Movement (Canada) in convening the first African Student Energy Summit in June 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa.
We plan to design a ‘student movement’ for Food and Water security initiatives in Africa.
We undertake special annual ‘skills and capacity building events’ for African women to be tagged ‘African women and climate change.
Human Capital Development
We aim to support African universities in growing the human capital for the continent’s research and innovation drive for sustainable development, through contributing to the promotion of international student exchanges, international research collaborations, and the involvement of private sector energy, water, and Food/agricultural companies operating on the African continent.
Green Shift Africa is registered as a legal entity (Not for Profit) Organization in South Africa.