SWITCH Africa Green
The SWITCH Africa Green programme was launched in 2014 in order to assist African countries in a sustainable development, by encouraging a shift towards an inclusive green economy. The programme supports business and non-state actors to make the switch to sustainable consumption and production practices, which in turn generates growth, creates jobs and reduces poverty. Additionally, SWITCH Africa Green supports policymaking that prompts long-term sustainable change. These actions are in support of SDG 12, responsible consumption and production in Africa.
SWITCH Africa Green is established and funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with European Union delegations in participating countries.
Scope and objectives
SWITCH Africa Green focuses on four sectors: agriculture, manufacturing, integrated waste management and tourism. Within each sector, specific actions address five cross-cutting themes: energy efficiency, labelling and standards, water efficiency, eco-innovation and sustainable trade.
Through a combination of supporting policymaking, assisting green business and network facilitation, the SWITCH Africa Green programme aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises and business service providers that are better equipped to seize opportunities for green business development;
- Better informed public and private consumers;
- Enabling conditions in the form of clear policies, sound regulatory frameworks, appropriate incentives and taxes, and other fiscal and market-based instruments that influence key sectors in African countries.
The SWITCH Africa Green programme has engaged in over 45 projects and continues to support an inclusive green economy in 7 African countries.