Green African Transformation (GREAT) Pathways – Building a partnership for Africa–EU collaboration on low-carbon development (BMZ project)

  • Expected start date:
    August 1, 2020
    Expected end date:
    March 31, 2021
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    Project Manager :
    Qondi Moyo

    This project will produce a series of knowledge products including a briefing note and other communications products to support the EU-Africa Summit in 2021 and inform discussions on green transitions in Africa and the future of the EU-Africa partnerships in the context of the EU Green Deal. The work articulates the development need for greater knowledge on the implications and expectations of the Green Deal on EU-Africa partnership in trade and development, and the policy options and mutual opportunities that exist in pursuing low-carbon development trajectories.

    In partnership with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-IN- RA) will work with an evidence-based perspective to raise awareness on the implications of the EU Green Deal for African economies and the opportunities for partnership. The project makes use of a knowledge consortium that includes AUC, UNECA (ACPC & ATPC), Adelphi, GiZ and AfDB.

    The project has a strong communications element, planning to produce several products, such as op-eds, policy briefs, information booklets, multimedia outputs such as video animation, as well as a social media campaign. At the heart of the strategic communications plan is an ‘influencer marketing’ strategy that leverages high-level ‘Champions’ – experts in their own right – to widely disseminate our messages and knowledge products, and raise awareness. The Champions include Ibrahim Thiaw (Executive Secretary of the UNCCD), Mohamed Ibn Chambas (SRSG – UNWOAS), Youba Sokona (Vice Chair – IPCC), Camilla Toulmin (Former CEO of IPCC) and many others

    It is believed that the project will go a long way towards disseminating knowledge among African policy-makers and EU stakeholders and facilitating dialogue to better inform policy options and negotiations during the EU-Africa summit focusing on green transition pathways and partnership.