We are a demand-driven and results-oriented consortium contributing to the global economic transition through joint action in Africa.
Our activities contribute to the development of the ecosystems and their actors by providing association members and partners with access to:
1. Matchmaking and projects implementation between African and non-African companies and other key stakeholders.
2. Creation of synergies with existing initiatives
3. Support with market and technical knowledge and expertise
4. Financial resources and support for digital and logistics infrastructure development
5. Capacity development, venture building, as well as the development of ecosystems
6. The power and legitimacy of one voice to negotiate on political levels to ease investment in local national contexts and raise issues on local and international agendas
Our mission is to support the transition to a global circular economy by creating knowledge and developing joint projects between international and diverse stakeholders, generating positive environmental impact and quality jobs for Africa’s growing workforce.
In the context of the continuing dramatic evolution of environmental, social and economic challenges, the need for a rapid transition to a Circular Economy is now widely acknowledged, as is the fact that it requires appropriate integration into the planetary ecosystem, the inclusion of all persons, and unwavering focus on meeting the real life needs of the human community today and tomorrow.
African challenges and opportunities :
Africa’s population is growing rapidly and will reach 2,4bn by 2050 - one quarter of the world’s population. At the same time, income and consumption per capita are projected to grow. This development comes with opportunities as well as challenges.
The rapid economic growth starting from a point at which certain infrastructures and systems are not fully in place yet, allows to develop and introduce innovative systems and solutions and the avoidance of “mistakes” that have been made in other parts of the world. There is a huge potential for “leapfrogging” as it has happened in Africa in the telecommunications sector by starting initiatives from the get go digitally, circular and connected and thus harnessing the benefits of the 4th industrial revolution.
On the other hand, the population growth to 2,4bn people and a rapid urbanization will pose challenges such as the provision of sufficient jobs, infrastructure and environmental issues connected to increased production and consumption. There is no one actor who will be able to address these challenges alone. However, multiple actors now have the chance to come together and develop the needed knowledge and design projects for now and for the future that can shape the destiny of the continent, and the globe. As the saying goes: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
Waste Management, Recycling - and Circular Thinking :
The development of an efficient waste management and recycling sector is not just a decisive prerequisite towards accelerating the transition to a Circular Economy, but provides enormous potential for the creation of local green jobs, improvements in health, safety and quality of life for the local population, and the preservation of the environment including the adaptation to and mitigation of short-term and long-term climate change risks.
The waste management and recycling sector offers great potential for creating innovation, growth and green jobs in Africa,but international as well as local sector companies face multiple barriers resulting in disruptions of the value chain. Solutions need to be developed in collaboration between different stakeholders from business, politics, civil society and science. We believe this can best be done together, bridging partners locally and internationally.
The emergence of this association is a direct outcome of a workshop hosted by the GIZ Special Initiative Invest for Jobs: "Strengthening the value chains of plastic, organic and textile waste flows in Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya by promoting cooperation between local and European economies"