Last Wednesday I participated in a full day workshop about “designing climate innovation center (CIC) in Ethiopia. The workshop was organized by the World Bank Group’s infoDev. The theme of the workshop was “Accelerating clean technology innovation and entrepreneurship in Ethiopia”. Ethiopian CIC will address local barriers to innovation and entrepreneurship in climate and agricultural sectors.
The need for “Green growth” in Ethiopia is enormous. The western world’s previous philosophy of grow first and clean the mess afterwards doesn’t help much on the current environmental situation. You probably heard this lot of times that Ethiopia’s people are heavily dependent on rain-fed agriculture, which is affected by the impacts of climate change.
The current situation of drought in Eastern Ethiopia shows the same thing. Ethiopia is still extremely vulnerable for natural disasters. It seems that we don’t have many choices now but focusing on environmentally viable solutions for sustainable developmental growth. This can be hugely supported by projects like CIC.
The climate innovation center will focus on engagement of the private sector in green technology, access to adequate finance, company growth and entrepreneurship, market and policy transformation and women led innovation.
As Anthony Lambkin described it in this latest blog about this project
The $15 million program will invest in and support early-stage companies wanting to become more involved in the booming local and international cleantech markets while becoming profitable and competitive.
This is pretty similar with what we do in iceEthiopia quite for a while.
iceEthiopia is a technology innovation hub, which aims at accelerating Ethiopia’s economic growth by promoting market-driven and environmentally viable innovations through enabling new private sector initiatives and facilitating the constructive interaction between technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and creative workers.
What does this mean for you?
In 1968, a group of people created Club of Rome. CoR describes itself as “a group of world citizens, sharing a common concern for the future of humanity.” Since then, environmental concerns are the 21st century’s core agenda.
Though, it takes more than a movement. In practical terms, there is a high demand in the world at this time where we can come with innovative ideas and products that contributes a lot to save our planet.
As climate change is a great threat for Ethiopia, it is also an enormous opportunity. I believe with Innovation centers, this goal can be attained.