African countries are turning green

As the world is trying to meet the Paris climate change goals, African countries are also trying to make an effort to ‘turn green’. To be successful at this, they need high-level political commitment and appropriate policies and implementation of government strategic plans.

This is one of the findings of a study on green growth trends and readiness across the continent by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB). lists several important initiatives from the report. In Kenya, for example, there is a National Climate Change Council that oversees the implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan and advises national and sub-national bodies on mainstreaming, legislative and implementation measures for climate change.

In Rwanda, green growth is a topic at the highest political level. While many countries just wait for finances for mitigation projects to come from the Green Climate Fund, Rwanda is already mobilising and disbursing funds nationally.

Senegal is in the process of removing financial barriers for private sector participation through pilot projects. The country has a 200-million-dollar Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (REEF), which provides financial incentives to private sector led pilot projects.

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