AFRICA: Seed launches call for projects to fund climate resilience

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The Seed, a global action partnership for sustainable development and the circular economy will fund new climate change adaptation projects on the African continent in 2023, including in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya. The call for proposals is open until 23 March 2023.

Climate resilience project developers in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya have the opportunity to participate in the 2023 Seed Green Entrepreneurship Awards. The Global Action Partnership for Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy recently launched the related call for projects, open until 23 March 2023.

The Seed will support two categories of projects, including those focusing on “climate change adaptation”. For this category, which specifically concerns entrepreneurs from Botswana, Malawi and Zambia, the expected projects will have to develop solutions for rationalising water resources in the face of drought, preventing food insecurity, managing natural disasters and warning systems, reducing the risk of coastal erosion or developing drought-tolerant crops.

Funding of the winning projects

The choice of these three Eastern and Southern African countries is justified by the relentless droughts they have suffered in recent years. The winners in this category will receive personalised support in the form of a grant of up to €15,000. They will also receive 12 months of tailor-made capacity building workshops based on the company’s needs assessment, as well as a further 12 months of individual expert advice.

The second category of the Seed Award, focusing on the “circular economy”, is open to Kenyan and Indian entrepreneurs. Projects in this category should focus on, among other things, converting waste into fertiliser for agriculture, optimising the use of resources, increasing the sustainability and lifespan of products, and conserving the value of resources. The best projects will receive a grant of €1,500. Project leaders will also benefit from six months of capacity building workshops based on the business needs assessment and a further six months of expert advice.

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The winners of the Green Entrepreneurship Award will also receive support in networking with donors, policy makers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). At the same time, they will be equipped with self-help tools to conduct market analysis, develop financing strategies, map stakeholder relationships and measure impact.

For more information on the Seed call for projects, click here.

Inès Magoum

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