Entries by Mao Amis

Moving the money: Climate change adaptation and entrepreneurship

There is an increasing recognition that entrepreneurship plays a critical role in driving climate change adaptation. Recognising that business as-usual can no longer suffice in the sustainability transition, the need for innovation has become extremely important. Business model innovation both for existing and emerging enterprises, offers an opportunity to test new concepts that can drive […]

Catalysing systems change through sustainability leadership

On 2nd May 2017, we convened a policy dialogue at the Durban ICC to explore how sustainability leadership can address inequality and poverty alleviation in Africa. The event brought together delegates from industry, academia and industry to review the role of sustainability leadership in addressing inequality, systems change and expanding inclusion to address current and […]

Today 15th March marks our 5th Anniversary

Today is our 5th anniversary as the African Centre for a Green Economy (AfriCGE), and what an incredible journey it has been. It’s very fulfilling to see what began as an idea on a piece of paper come to fruition. Believe it or not the idea to set up the Centre was first conceived more […]

We-Africa Lab launched to drive a wellbeing economy in Africa

One of the imperatives of the transition to a green economy is to expand the current narrow definitions of development to include well-being of people and the environment. A well-being economy is one that has at its core, the awareness of the challenges that society faces and provides tools and strategies to address these according […]

Sustainability and Inequality for a Green Economy, lessons from Kenya**

Significant progress has been made in the last couple of years in driving the transition to a green and inclusive world. Events such as the ushering of the new SDGs, the signing of the Paris agreement, and the significant investment flows into renewable energy, are just some of the few hallmarks of the significant strides […]

Financing of water infrastructure takes centre stage in South Africa

#H2ODialogue splashes some interesting facts on water sector Businesses have begun to recognize that inefficient use of natural resources poses a risk to their operations, and because of that there has been a significant increase in investments in greening their processes. However water has seen far less investments and yet it is a resource that […]

Lessons from the informal economy

It’s a well-documented fact that the informal sector is key in many developing countries, accounting for most employment opportunities, delivering a full range of services and providing social cohesion. In Kenya, for example, the informal economy is referred to as Jua Kali in Swahili, which loosely translates to the ability to solve any problem.

Impact investment in a new economy

Impact investment has emerged as an important approach for mobilising financial resources for sustainable development. Through impact investment, it has been possible to divest from harmful business practices to sectors that have strong social and environmental outcomes.

BoP solutions for building inclusive cities in South Africa

New Economy Accelerator (NEA) hosts dialogue series NEA discusses the future of cities with Prof Edgar Pieterse Cape Town, 4 November 2015 – The New Economy Accelerator, a programme supporting enterprises that service or operate at the base of the pyramid (BoP), on Thursday 22nd of October held yet another successful dialogue about the role […]

Green Innovations and Entrepreneurship in South Africa: The role of SMMEs

Green Innovations and Entrepreneurship in South Africa: The role of SMMEs New Economy Accelerator (NEA) hosts dialogue series NEA discusses green innovations and entrepreneurship with Mr William Hugh MD of Impahla Clothing (Pty) Ltd Cape Town, 17 November 2015 – Last week Thursday 12th November, the New Economy Accelerator, a programme supporting enterprises that service […]