EU-funded GrEEn project and Social Enterprise Ghana partner to train green economy centers
SNV Netherlands Development Organization has partnered with Social Enterprise Ghana, a network of high-impact businesses and social hubs to train 32 hub managers and business support organizations across Ghana.
This is to enable them to support start-ups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the green and circular economy.
The two-day train-the-trainer workshop, which took place at the Volta Serene Hotel in Ho in the Volta Region, was moderated by Dr. Boniface Yeboah Antwi of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR -Accra).
The training covered various topics including green business models, green product development, green product marketing and green finance, which aims to enable hubs and business support organizations to understand the green and circular economy. and how they can help their portfolio companies improve. their environmental impact.
Edwin Zu-Cudjoe, Executive Director of Social Enterprise Ghana, says the training is important as it promotes and builds the skills of business support centers and institutions and positions them to help businesses promote environmentally friendly operations and the transition to the green sector.
Mr. Zu-Cudjoe also reiterated the need for a concerted effort by all stakeholders to mitigate and address climate change issues.
Genevieve Parker-Twum, Senior Incubation and Acceleration Advisor at SNV Ghana, added that by working with social enterprise hubs across the country, SNV Ghana is dedicated to promoting the development of businesses that minimize the impact environment of their activities while providing green jobs for youth and women in their communities.
“SNV Ghana has been working with the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations to finalize and implement the National Green Jobs Strategy.
“This training is part of the GrEEn project, which aims to create sustainable jobs for young job seekers as well as to support businesses so that they can grow.
“By forming business hubs and organizations that support SMEs and start-ups, SNV is joining efforts to transform Ghana from a linear to a circular economy by highlighting the many opportunities that the green sector.
“The training has been beneficial for my MHub as we will be instilling green practices in our hub. A timely initiative to enable us to create more green and circular activities to achieve UN SDG 13 on climate action and to train women and youth in the communities,” said Catherine Boafo, CEO of Mawutwueni Ghana Ltd.
Social Enterprise Ghana is the national network of high impact businesses and social centers in Ghana. Social Enterprise Ghana currently has 840 social enterprises operating in various sectors of climate-smart agribusiness, green and circular economy, WASH, health services, inclusive financial services, TVET and education.
SE Ghana advocates for business-friendly policies for social enterprises and supports its members with training, research, access to skills, market access, technology and access to finance. Social Enterprise Ghana aims to increase funding for social enterprises by catalyzing $1 billion for social enterprises in Ghana by 2030.
SNV is an international non-profit development organization that makes a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them to increase their incomes and access basic services.
SNV has been present in Ghana since 1992 and focuses on three sectors: agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
Since 2019, SNV has been implementing the Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn) project, a four-year action of the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana, the Netherlands Organization of SNV Development and the United Nations. Development Equipment Fund (UNCDF).
The project aims to create greater economic and employment opportunities for youth, women and returnees by promoting and supporting sustainable and green businesses in two selected regions of Ghana: Ashanti and Western.