The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have launched a call for applications for the first African Youth Adaptation Solutions (YouthADAPT) Challenge. The call for applications invites young entrepreneurs, innovators from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and other youth-led enterprises in Africa to implement solutions for building resilience and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change. Young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 are invited to respond to the call for the expression of interest and submit their business plan through the official submission portal.
The African Youth Adaptation Solutions Challenge is part of the ‘Empowering Youth through Jobs and Entrepreneurship’ pillar of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), a strategic partnership between the GCA and AfDB to galvanize climate-resilient actions through a triple win approach to address the impacts of Covid-19, climate change and the economy.
Also speaking at the High-Level Dialogue, the African Development Bank’s President, Akinwumi Adesina affirmed AfDB’s commitment to invest in the youth. “The YouthADAPT Challenge will unleash the entrepreneurial drive and capacities of African youth to grow their businesses, address the continent’s pressing climate challenge and create decent jobs, building a more climate-resilient Africa”.