GREEN SHIFT AFRICA Launches Project GEO on World Environment Day

Green Entrepreneurship Opportunities {GEO}

June 5, 2016 {CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA} – Green Shift Africa is a Pan-African Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with established footprints and representatives in all the five regions of Africa.  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

As the world commemorates the World Environment Day with the overall theme of raising awareness around ‘Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife Trade’; Green Shift Africa seeks to offer a better alternative to ‘illegal wildlife trade’; an alternative that speaks to the real issue affecting the world at large, and which is particularly poignant in Africa.  It is this issue of frightening rate of unemployment and lack of access to decent jobs among the teeming population of African youth.

Globally, studies have shown that there is strong link between unemployment and crime. Hence as the World seeks to eradicate illegal wildlife trade, Green Shift Africa uses the occasion of the 2016 World Environment Day to launch its Green Entrepreneurship Opportunities (GEO) for young and aspiring African entrepreneurs, and calls on policy makers, community leaders, academics, private and public institutions, as well as other civil society organizations to partner with Green Shift Africa’s Project GEO to collectively address this problem through the adoption and use of green entrepreneurship education and training as one of the practical tools and measures going forward.

In its recently published ‘World Employment Social Outlook, the International Labour organization (ILO) stressed that “based on the most recent growth projections, global unemployment is expected to rise by nearly 2.3 million in 2016 and by a further 1.1 million in 2017. Emerging economies are expected to see an increase in unemployment of 2.4 million in 2016. This largely reflects the worsening labour market outlook in emerging Asian economies, in Latin America and in commodity-producing economies, notably in the Arab States region and Africa”.

The Africa ‘2063 agenda’ of the African Union (AU) Commission suggests that we must begin to do things differently in order to secure our future.  To put it more succinctly, it says: We must adopt “A global strategy to optimize the use of Africa’s resources for the benefits of all Africans”. More importantly, Africa must take a position on this matter. This becomes necessary because, as of this moment, Africa’s greatest resources are the teeming population of its youth; but about 70% of this youthful population is without jobs.

Therefore, an adroit look at green entrepreneurship opportunities could provide some of the answers. Especially in a world where shifts in technology, change in climate, population increase and stressed global economies are changing the way we do our work.

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki – Moon observes that “Of the 1.8 billion young people worldwide, nine out of 10 of them live in least developed countries, and many in Africa…. And the number of young Africans aged 15-24 is set to double by 2045. By harnessing its demographic dividend, the African continent could add up to $500 billion per year to its economy, for as many as 30 years”.

Project GEO is a scope-driven product initiated to solve an identified gap in Africa by introducing young and aspiring African entrepreneurs to the vast opportunities in green economy sector.  Project GEO is conceived as a 5-year project to be conducted and facilitated by industry experts, environmental educators, experienced entrepreneurs across Africa and beyond.

Applying for Project GEO

The pilot phase of the project will begin with a 5-week online workshop towards the end of 2016, after which successful participants with converge in Cape Town, South Africa for a 21-day boot-camp where practical applications and green business proposal formulations will be the basis of training and assessment. Project GEO will work with social entrepreneurs in the green economy sector to empower and support participants with initial start-up capital, as well as mentor them to success in their green ventures.

Introduction to Green Entrepreneurship Opportunities (Part 1)

Online Course (5 weeks)

This online workshop is the first part of a two-part process. Part 2 of the workshop will be conducted through a 21-day boot camp in Cape Town, South Africa. Only successful participants in the online introductory workshop will be shortlisted to take part in the ‘fully-sponsored’ boot camp course, where candidates will be trained and mentored on how to design green enterprise projects, which will be funded by relevant donor agencies.

Applications are available online at www.greenshiftafrica.org/projectgeo
Applicants can choose to apply in ENGLISH, FRENCH or ARABIC. The training will be conducted in the applicants’ chosen languages.

APPLICATION OPENS:  5th June 2016 (World Environment Day)

APPLICATION CLOSES:  18th July 2016 (Nelson Mandela Day)

Ms. Faten Attig Bahar

Public Relations Manager,

Green Shift Africa


Media enquiry:

Green Shift Africa Forum

1st Floor, Convention Tower

Cnr Walter Sisulu & Heerengracht Street

Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Telephone: Tel: +27 (0) 21 403 6410

Email: info@greenshiftafrica.org



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