African Youth Adaptation Competition calls for applications | African development bank

The Global Center on Adaptation, the African Development Bank and the Climate Investment Funds have launched a call for applications for the second edition of the Young African Adaptation Solutions Challenge (YouthADAPT).

YouthADAPT is an annual competition that invites young entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises from Africa to submit innovative solutions and business ideas that can drive adaptation and resilience to climate change across the continent. The commercially viable business or product must not be widely used.

The 20 winners will each receive $100,000 and receive training, mentorship and coaching to support their climate change adaptation innovation in their communities and across Africa.

The objective of the competition falls under one of the pillars of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP). AAAP is a strategic partnership between the Global Adaptation Center and the African Development Bank. It aims to respond to the triple impact of Covid-19, climate change and the economy.

Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years old. Their business must be youth-led and provide solutions that address a real-life challenge. They must be registered and operating in Africa, and able to generate income for at least two years. 50% of the finalists will be businesses owned or led by women.

Apply by visiting the application portal.

The deadline for submitting applications is October 4, 2022.

About the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from international to local, in partnership with the public and private sector. Founded in 2018, GCA operates from its headquarters in the world’s largest floating office, located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. GCA has a global network of regional offices in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Dhaka, Bangladesh and Beijing, China.

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About the African Development Bank

The overriding objective of the African Development Bank Group is to stimulate sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries, thereby contributing to poverty reduction.

The Bank Group achieves this objective by mobilizing and allocating resources for investment in regional member countries and by providing policy advice and technical assistance to support development efforts.

In 2015, all multilateral development institutions agreed on the same set of goals, the Sustainable Development Goals.

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About the Climate Investment Funds (CIF)

The CIF is one of the world’s largest and most ambitious multilateral climate finance mechanisms for developing countries seeking to transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient development and accelerate climate action. . Its launch in 2008 was born out of the recognition by world leaders that climate change and development are inextricably linked and that climate-smart investments are needed at scale to seize the green growth opportunities identified in the Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs) of the United Nations.

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