JUSTIS Workshop & Policy Roundtable in Namibia

  • DATE / TIME:
    February 16, 2023    09:00 - February 17, 2023    14:00

    The urgency to mitigate the catastrophic impacts of climate change necessitates a rapid transition from fossil-based energy systems to clean, low to zero-carbon energy sources. Without specific efforts to ensure an equitable transition, existing injustices in the current energy systems will be exacerbated, resulting in winners and losers.

    The JUSTIS digital portal seeks to bridge the gap between green entrepreneurs, policymakers, and investors to accelerate green growth and green transitions. 
    The platform creates an avenue to engage and connect green entrepreneurs across Africa with a support infrastructure, enabling businesses to thrive, grow, and effectively contribute to green transition efforts.

    UNU-INRA will host a policy roundtable and workshop on Thursday, 16th February 2023 and Friday, 17th February 2023, in collaboration with the UNU-INRA Operating Unit held at the Sam Nujoma Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre of the University of Namibia.

    The aim of the workshop is to bring stakeholders together to discuss how to include entrepreneurs in the transition and the role of policymakers and other stakeholders. Entrepreneurs will be onboarded onto the Justis digital platform where they can begin using the online marketplace.


    View briefing note for more information:

    JUSTIS Briefing Note NAMIBIA


    Draft Programme

    Time Agenda Responsible
    9:00-9:30 am Arrival of participants and registration Chief Moderator: Dr. Samuel Mafwila
    9:30 – 9:45 am Opening Remarks Dr. Fatima Denton, UNU-INRA Director

    Dr. Hilda Mwakatumbula, UNECA

    9:45 – 10:15am JUSTIS Project and General Key Findings Across the four participating countries Mrs. Thelma Arko, Research Fellow/ Project Coordinator, UNU-INRA
    10:15 – 10:45am JUSTIS Key Findings in Namibia Dr. Abner Shopati, NBS, UNAM & Ms Lilongeni Kayofa, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Namibia.
    10:45 – 11:10am Q & A Moderator:

    Dr. Samuel Mafwila

    11:10 – 11:30am Snack break

    11:30 am –



    Pannel Discussion: How can Just Energy Transition be attained in Namibia



    Dr. Samuel Mafwila, SANUMARC, Sam Nujoma Campus, UNAM/ Coordinator: UNU-INRA Operating Unit, Namibia


    Dr. Abner Shopati

    Namibia Business School (NBS), UNAM

    Dr. Zivayi Chiguvare

    Director: Namibia Hreen Hydrogen Institute, UNAM

    Mr. James Mnyupe  Economic Advisor and Green Hydrogen Commissioner. Office of the President. Republic of Namibia.
    Time Agenda Responsible
    Ms Helvi Ileka

    Acting Director

    Centre for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency (CREE),

    Namibia University of Science Technology

    Dr. Natangue Shafudah Namibia Green Hydrogen Institute, UNAM

    12:10 – 12:30 am Q&A
    12:30 – 1:00pm Way forward Dr. Fatima Denton Marion/Simon
    1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
    2:00 – 2:30pm Introduction to the JUSTIS portal & signing-up


    Mrs. Thelma Arko
    20:30 – 2:50pm What Next for JUSTIS UNU-INRA/UNECA
    20:50 – 300pm Closing Remarks UNU-INRA/UNECA