The networking facility provides project support services for networking and communication among the projects and countries, distilling knowledge from project implementation for wider replication, and facilitation of policy uptake.

The objective is to facilitate sharing best practices and project-related knowledge on eco-entrepreneurship, SCP and GE policies and tools among all stakeholders, primarily within the six countries, but also across sub-Saharan Africa. M&SMEs, financial institutions, suppliers and partners within value chains, are being supported in the development and uptake of tools, technologies, practices and knowledge which create new business opportunities and enable governments to design and implement supportive policy, fiscal and regulatory frameworks. 




    The networking facility provides project support services for networking and communication among the projects and countries, distilling knowledge from project implementation for wider replication, and facilitation of policy uptake.>> Read more.

    UNEP supports the project and its networking facility through:• Facilitation of networking amongst the countries, projects, businesses and other stakeholders involved;• Facilitation of the development of tools, guidelines and best practice..>> Read more.

Activities aims at supporting transformation towards an inclusive green economy by providing services to entrepreneurs and M&SMEs that enable them to start and develop green businesses, apply sustainable production practices and create trade opportunities. In each pilot country, activities will focus on the same sectors as targeted by the policy support component. The scope of activities will be based on an assessment of local business conditions.

This includes the readiness and capacity of the existing Business Development Services (BDS) providers to play an effective, efficient and sustainable role towards green business development and SCP practices in the selected sectors. 



    Based on this assessment a combination of following types of activities can be envisaged: Development and provision of toolkits related to eco-entrepreneurial competences and skills, Resources Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP), eco-innovation (e.g., resource efficient, sustainable product improvement, material efficiency, cleaner technologies) and other issues such as life-cycle assessment (LCA) and related labelling, sustainability reporting and marketing along the value chain including trade linkages. The services are being provided primarily by local BDS providers. >> Read more.

    Activities may be new or up-scaling of existing programmes. The Green Business development component is being implemented through projects selected via a call for proposals procedure or a similar procedure that can attract service provider applicants with new and innovative ideas.. >> Read more.


The policy support component responds to the specific needs of each pilot country building on and scaling up existing activities to promote the development of green economy and SCP policies and regulatory frameworks in those countries.

All activities provide technical support to establish or strengthen the enabling conditions for the selected target sector(s) in the respective countries, complementing efforts underway through others programmes, including SCP programmes, global 10YFP and green economy initiatives in Africa.

The component supports the formulation of policies, regulations and standards, and the establishment, or strengthening, of relevant institutions necessary for resource efficient and green businesses to emerge and grow. The policy support component also supports the collection, analysis and dissemination of data on the combination of economic, social and environmental gains from the shift to SCP practices, to promote engagement of other ministries responsible for economic and development policies. The extent to which the public sector can support demand for more sustainable goods and services through procurement activities will also be explored. The policy support component involves a variety of stakeholders, including the private sector, in policy dialogue on fiscal and environmental reforms required to identify effective and acceptable policies.


Policy Process


    The starting point in each country will be a joint stocktaking study with the relevant participating country authorities to prepare an agreed road map / action plan for the policy support interventions in that country.. >> Read more.

    Through a consultative process, the following types of activities will be initiated in the inception phase and undertaken at national level, further developing and then delivering the following outputs, according to the priorities defined by the countries. This list will be adjusted to activities and outputs delivered by the projects under Component B, as those projects are defined and implemented.. >> Read more.

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