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More grants for African women and youth


The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) Secretariat has launched a scheme to support mechanisms for climate adaptation finance for women entrepreneurs and the youth.

The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) Secretariat has launched a scheme to support mechanisms for climate adaptation finance for women entrepreneurs and the youth.

The scheme, YouthADAPT: Empowering Women and Youth for Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in Climate Adaptation and Resilience, will develop innovative, transformative climate-resilient bankable projects aligned with African countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions.

YouthADAPT is a flagship programme under the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme (AAAP), which unlocks the untapped potential of their youth in Africa to drive resilience and green enterprise.

The virtual project launch followed the approval of US$1 million in grant funding by the ACCF’s development partners.

The event rallied together stakeholders, including the project team, quality control, adaptation, gender and communication experts, and climate change and green growth experts to share experiences.

AAAP coordinator and principal climate change officer Edith Ofwona Adera said “African youths are leading the way, not in talk, but in concrete climate action; as agents of change, innovators and entrepreneurs”.

She said the scheme would support women-led local enterprises promoting adaptation solutions to create additional jobs.

Adera thanked the ACCF for collaborating on the projects, and commended the fund for its role in facilitating the production of proposals.

“That makes our work easier,” she said.

Following the launch, the AAAP Secretariat will regularly engage with the ACCF Secretariat on significant project milestones to ensure that the objective is fully accomplished.

Since 2017, the ACCF Governing Committees have approved 26 projects, estimated at US$15,87 million.





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