Sweden promotes renewable energy in Zimbabwe

03 May 2017

The Swedish Embassy in Harare has signed a major agreement to support UNICEF in the second phase expansion of its Green Innovations Hub (GiHub) program aimed at boosting renewable energy in Zimbabwe.

The GiHub project, which began in 2015, is an incubation space that aims to ignite social change by inviting young people to develop creative solutions that can contribute to sustainable development and offer employment opportunities.

According to Swedish Ambassador, Sofia Calltorp, this is the first program the Swedish Embassy is signing under its new 5-year strategy – and the first that will address environmental sustainability and renewable energy challenges in Zimbabwe.

The GiHub rides on four key elements; capacity building in environmental sustainability and renewable energy for young people and children, Provision of an incubation and acceleration financing facility to test ideas as well as technical support for scale up, Support to in-school young people to nurture innovative approaches to community challenges, and Cultivating the culture of environmental stewardship among the youths and SMEs and contributing to climate change mitigation.

With the funding from Sweden, this second phase of the project will further engage the initially funded projects and also recruit more entrepreneurs from those who submitted their ideas in the initial call.

The next phase, which is planned for June 2017 will also include the placement of 20 youth innovators into private sector organisations for a period of one year to green their value chain and environmentally mainstream their operations.

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