Training Green Economy Decision Makers to Shape the Future of African Cities

GreenCape and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom are running a series of Green Economy decision-makers courses that have a reach into African cities. This episode explores the decision-makers courses, the planned Symposium, and the impact that this initiative is seeing by equipping decision-makers to understand and align their strategies with green economy principles.

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This episode is presented in partnership with GreenCape in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

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  • Guests in this conversation: Lindiwe van Staden, Project Manager for Skills Development at GreenCape and Genesis Cleveland, Regional Project Manager at Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
  • Background to FNF's involvement in the Green Economy.
  • Explanation of the Green Economy decision-makers course and Symposium.
  • Who the decision-makers are in this context, and why the training is focused on them.
  • How to access the course materials via GreenCape Youtube channel. (Waste, Energy and Water courses)
  • Examples of positive impact from running these courses.
  • The objectives of the Symposium themed: A new vision for delivering green economy solutions for African communities.
  • How aligning to green economy principles potentially shape the future of African cities?
  • The potential consequences when decision-makers do not understand and align their strategies with green economy principles. Spoiler: We might be left behind if we don't act.


About
Lindiwe van Staden

Lindiwe van Staden (Johnson) completed her degree in Sustainable Development at the University of Stellenbosch. Lindiwe joined GreenCape in 2016 as a Western Cape Industrial Symbioses Progamme (WISP) Facilitator. The programme seeks to facilitate the exchange of unused resources between companies, the programme assists turning waste streams into secondary materials and subsequently returning them into the economy, rather than being lost to landfill. Lindiwe, changed careers to Skills Development at GreenCape and much of her work focuses on understanding the future skills needs to grow green economy industrie, capacitate youth and women to have a voice about energy needs and lastly capacitate decision makers to procure green economy projects.

About Genesis Cleveland
Genesis Cleveland was born in Germany. In 2014, Genesis completed her diploma in law at the University of Marburg, Germany. After graduation from law school she worked as a research assistant at a law firm focusing on start-ups and venture capital in Cologne, Germany.

Hereafter she started her legal clerkship and worked for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and other institutions. Genesis conducted an internship at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles, USA, before being offered a position by the Federal Foreign Office at the legal department of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mid-2019 Genesis started as Regional Project Manager of Friedrich Naumann Foundation sub-Sahara Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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