Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
Nigeria has over 60% of her population as youth, yet there is a skill gap for infrastructure deliver of over 80 million persons. Most of these youths are desirous to be gainfully employed, but due to poverty, poor education, social disparities, they find it difficult to get jobs, earn a living, and build their wealth legitimately. Cost of Living is also becoming expensive with rising rural-urban migration. Conferences and Training for Inclusive, Sustainable Habitat in Africa (CATFISH Africa) is an idea that will educate citizens about the need for affordable, resilient, and sustainable communities through series of training, workshops, and conferences. The training and workshops would be either on Capacity Development Program (CDP) where youths are better equipped to become employees, or an Enterprise Development Program (EDP) where youths are better equipped to start a trade using their acquired skills. CATFISH Africa aims at reaching out to the communities to educate youths (both male and female) on skills such as masonry, plastering, carpentry, tiling, painting, ceiling installations, flooring, plumbing, electrical installations, solar power generations, etc., which would in turn boost the skill sets needed to achieve Goal 11 and many other goals of the SDG's. CATFISH Africa will partner with trade unions and certification bodies to issue competency certificates for the training and workshops, as well as an online construction portal where trained youths can be merged with construction companies, organizations, and individuals needing their services. CATFISH Africa would also organize an Annual Conference on Affordable, Inclusive, and Sustainable Habitat in Africa. The conference objective is to bring together professionals of the built environment, including government agencies, technology firms, manufacturing organizations, trade unions, and citizens, so as to enable active engagement among stakeholders and an improved formulation of policies, products, finance, and ideas for more resilient, safe, inclusive and sustainable communities.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
CATFISH Africa aims at using SDG Goal 11 to achieve other SDG's. The target is to educate 100,000 youths annually over the next five years to become skilled workforce in building affordable, inclusive, resilient, safe, and sustainable communities. This in turn translates to an annual 100,000 youths or more having opportunities to be free from poverty and help their families too as they get employed or start their businesses, free from hunger and malnutrition as they can afford nutritious meals, having good health and well-being through our HSE imbibed programs, improve their literacy through our continuous development program, respect female gender who are engaged and trained alongside males, install sustainable and clean energy solutions such as solar for communities, build resilient infrastructure and affordable communities, among other Goals. The conference also targets converging over 2,000 delegates annually to network, and proffer solutions to building affordable, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities across Africa. A measure of the success of this target would be based on the number, feedback, and implementation outcomes of the event by delegates and their communities.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
CATFISH Africa would be a social enterprise with team made up of full time staff, part time staff, and volunteers in 1:2:3 ratio. As a Social Enterprise, the business model is to generate revenue to handle operation cost through fees paid for training and workshops, sales of construction equipment and materials, tickets paid for conference, exhibitions, sponsorship, grants and donations. A website, social media handles, fliers distributions, event management portals, and other contact functions would be a means of engaging youths to be part of our training and workshop, finding sponsorship and donations, as well as getting delegates for conference. There would also be collaborations with trade unions, certification agencies, media agencies, and an online marketplace for Artisans, so as to validate CATFISH Africa's activities, boost credibility and recognition, as well as provide easy access to jobs by youth trained.
My name is Okpala Emmanuel Chika. I am 27 years old and from Nigeria. I had my undergraduate degree in Architecture in 2012, where I graduated as the best student of the faculty of environmental sciences. Moved by the desires to contribute immensely to SDG Goal 11, I enrolled for a Master in Urban Design program of which I just concluded few months back in 2018. I have a strong background in construction. My years of experience managing construction sites, I have had a major challenge of sourcing for the right team of Artisans who could deliver quality construction jobs at cost effective rates. Truly, it was difficult. With a growing skill gap in the construction and infrastructural delivery sector, I saw a need to engage more youths by training them on quality construction procedures which would in turn boost safe and sustainable communities. I have decided to start CATFISH Africa, as an engine to put my background in Architecture, Urban Design, and Construction Management to good use, for the benefits of Africa's growing population. I am a strong advocate of SDG Goal 11, as believe achieving Goal 11 means achieving all 17 Goals.