SWITCH Africa Green: Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic development
What is the project about?
Achieving sustainable development requires adoption of consumption and production patterns that protect and conserve the environment and other natural resources, while also generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty.
This is the underlying objective of the new SWITCH Africa Green 3-year initiative which started earlier this year to support 6 countries in Africa (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda) to transition towards a private sector-led inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns.
In Uganda, the project, will support the formulation of sound policy and regulatory frameworks; incentives structures and tax; and market-based instruments in targeted sector.
It will also ensure that micro and small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) are better equipped to apply SCP practices, as well as inform public and private consumers of the multiple benefits of sustainable, resource-efficient products.
Priority areas will include agriculture, integrated waste management and manufacturing. Other crossing cutting areas include energy efficiency, labeling and standards, water efficiency and eco innovations.
The project intends to;
1. Support policy makers to be better informed and equipped with relevant scientific information and appropriate tools and instruments such as policies, regulatory frameworks, incentives structures, tax and market - based instruments that promote private sector led inclusive green growth.
2. Support Private sector to identify opportunities for green business development and markets (domestic and export) for sustainably produced goods and services.
3. Facilitate knowledge development and dissemination, including lessons learned and good practices from the projects nationally and through regional and Africa-wide networks and programmes to create broader awareness, and increase understanding, buy-in and uptake of Green Economy and Sustainable Consumption and Production ideas among key stakeholders in private sector, governments and the public
Who finances it?
SWITCH Africa Green is funded by the European Union (EU) and jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).