October 30, 2009
The RTW Peru team is working very hard to advance the green agenda for youth jobs. VIDA –the host agency for YES Peru- is coordinating a network to make this possible. The interest in the environment sector is getting to the employment agenda. Still, we find it is challenging to link “green jobs” with the workers rights and the decent work agenda.
We are using two radio programs to promote Rework The World, the 5th Global YES Summit in 2010. We are organizing planning meetings with the support of institutions and leaders like Congressman Falla Lamadrid, the GEA Group, JARC, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, CCSA, the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP International) and FREDEMAR. More than 100 people from diverse organizations have so far been involved in building towards Sweden 2010 and the Latin American regional meetings this and next year.
We have already identified some 40 green projects in 4 fields: renewable energy, forest, urban waste and Ecoturism. We see these are key areas where Peru can develop new opportunities for youth green jobs and we’ll seek to mobilize the government and investors to support these projects. Towards the end of November the top 5 initiatives in each area will be showcased in the Peruvian Parliament.
We will showcase these projects on this blog soon, but you can follow the Peruvian process at: http://greenjobsperu.wordpress.com/
October 29, 2009
UNEP, ILO, IOE and ITUC are planning a second phase of the Green Jobs Initiative. The project will move from information gathering and analysis in the green jobs report to assistance in policy formulation and implementation through active macro-economic and sectoral assessment of potential green jobs creation.
October 28, 2009
- Dedicated support infrastructure on the ground and a network of leading private and public sector partners dedicated to Kenyan enterprise development
- Proven results in design and implementation of East African youth entrepreneurship and enterprise programs, including young women-focused programs
- An integrated approach to small and medium enterprise development, built around a plan competitions, with a strong focus on follow practical entrepreneurship training
- Strengthening local Business Development Services (BDS) providers to sustain and scale small enterprise growth.
October 26, 2009
October 19, 2009
- The Youth Employment Programme and experience with the youth entrepreneurship agenda;
- The Green Jobs Initiative and networks focused on greening the economy;
- The Sustainable Enterprise Programme and technical cooperation resources with large scale outreach.
The main goals of the SEED Initiative are to build support for social and environmental entrepreneurs, to integrate them into the green economy, and to promote their role as contributors to the wider development process.
Through a competition, SEED every year selects the most promising start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs around the globe and provides them with tailored capacity building packages to meet their most urgent needs, to grow their networks, and to heighten their profiles, so helping them to consolidate and scale up.
October 16, 2009
The path to a global sustainable society must be built by creating sustainable business, jobs and living. The journey starts with what matters most to us as individuals - our jobs and every day security in our local community.
Our goal is to mobilize young people to demonstrate their green ideas and to involve existing business and capital to create new companies and new jobs.
Our challenge is put global and local issues in the same picture. Both the global and the local perspectives must be concrete and easy to understand.
We need practical and doable ways to deal with these issues.
This is why we need to Rework the World!
/Ulla-Britt Fräjdin-Hellqvist - Team Rework the world
October 14, 2009
The links between population, the way we produce and consume energy, and the fragility of the natural resource base is at the heart of the problem. But there are also solutions. Innovation can play a key role in cutting through this gordian knot, and is the main goal of the work that the Pathways to Scale Program is doing with the Tallberg Foundation. Just like mobile phone companies could leapfrog development from the crumbling state-owned telecoms, new business models emerging in renewable energies such as wind and solar power, biofuel cookers and rainwater tanks offer similar potential.
In Tanzania, 300 hectares of forests a day are lost to the production coal for cooking, which sustains rural livelihoods. Joint Environmental Techniques (JET), an organization associated to Rework, is promoting a way of producing charcoal briquettes with agricultural waste, which burn longer and are cheaper than coal in the market, providing sustainable livelihoods to poor rural families. Rework aims to convene the clusters of actors that can help JET, among other businesses, scale up the impact of its model on youth employment, faster. Their potential is to change the equation between the demand for energy and the depletion of natural resources, while generating the much needed ‘green’ youth employment.
The transition to a ‘green economy’ will remain a distant promise if young people, which are already the majority of the population in many developing countries, don’t find a way of getting involved. Our partners, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and TechnoServe, are joining the initiative to push this agenda in their respective spaces, whether by creating enabling business environments for these initiatives and accelerating skills building on the ground or by advancing the necessary global public policies, investment opportunities and coordination. Much more remains to be done, not least by putting the challenge of creating youth green employment high on the development agenda.