Best Ideas 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Green Entrepreneurship Training (GET) Program Rwanda
Explain your idea in details:
The Green Entrepreneurship Training (GET) Program supports green projects/enterprises proposed and implemented by CSO, private sector and interest groups across Rwanda. We wish to provide technical and financial support to pioneering and innovative green projects/enterprises. Objectives; Raise awareness about green jobs/enterprise development and promote high-level policy awareness on the urgency to deliver commitments to sustainable human development in Rwanda. Guide sustainable livelihoods/development of a responsive and dynamic green industrialization framework informed by lessons of the past and current programs to activate inclusive and sustainable industrialization in Rwanda as a model for Africa. Promote and facilitate the development/acquisition of green skills though capacity building, training, research, industry, academia, CSOs, public and private. Provide a forum for sustainable livelihoods/development and resilient community building and the transition for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the Africa Agenda 2063. Foster a better understanding of the theory and practice of green jobs/enterprise promotion and development, sustainable livelihoods/development and resilient community building in Rwanda. Provide a platform for dialogue, interaction, exchange of information and knowledge sharing on green jobs/enterprise promotion whilst leveraging a diverse multi-stakeholder based Collaborate with institutions, centres and organizations who share the ideals of the GET Program Activities Green skills development/promotion Green Business Support Start-up Counselling/Services Green Business Promoter/Accelerator/Booster Cleantech Venture Day celebration Focus Areas: Biomaterials/bioenergy, Renewable Energy, Green Building, Cleanweb/Sustainable IT, Transportation, Waste Management, Water Management Innovation: GET Program is the first of its kind in Rwanda. It seeks to establish a strong, diverse community of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) green skills/enterprise development across Rwanda working with education, industry, government and communities
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Our target groups include youths, women, people with disability (PWD) and other Most Vulnerable Groups. Green TVET and skills policies include formal, non-formal and informal vocational learning, workplace and work-based learning and other learning opportunities in the formal and informal green economies. New era requires upgrade in green skills, it requires the focus to technical and vocational competences to create a strong green workforce with real life values and innovation per the labour market demands for sustainable economic development. Globalization and technological development re moving at a fast pace within communities worldwide. This affects the nature of working positions and occupations and the types of and characteristics of skills that are required. Greening the TVET sector is central to the accumulation of human resources as a requisite for achieving sustainable economic growth, better employability, mobility and safety at the workplace. Green TVET encourages the development of competences of youths and adults that addresses the needs of a modern, flexible and competitive labour market. High quality Green TVET with good link to the labour market is essential for encouraging inclusive and sustainable growth and enabling the Rwandan economy to be diversified, to provide green/ decent jobs/enterprises. Green TVET process has to begin with the development of a clear picture of the programs focus and sectors with high employability for green jobs/enterprises promotion and development. The project will be evaluated on the number of green jobs/ enterprises created. The impact with Rwandan communities on the number of sustainable livelihoods and sustainable development promoted. The number of communities that have been improve through resilient community building approach will also provide an indication of the progress of this project.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Rwanda is at a cusp. It ready to take big leap and break the glass ceiling. The ethos, initiative and policies of the government is paving ways for the country to fit into the new world order. The borderless world where geography has become history, allowing free flow of exchange of ideas, knowledge, technology, skills and investment. The GET Project aims to bring out the theories and practices that could be deployed in the journey of Rwanda towards green economic transformation. It is conceived to bring a focus approach to the exchange between green employers and enterprises at the Government-to-Government (G2G)/ Firm-to-Firm (F2F)/ Market- to- Market (M2M) at all levels. It plans to bring green employers and entrepreneurs to start working together for a more aligned outcome towards green economic development in Rwanda. The GET Program proposes mixed finance model generating resources for different sources such as national/international grants, private sector support, national/ international funding support. We plan to establish the Green Investment Finance Trust (GIFT) Fund- generate sustainable funding for the implementation of the program. So far we have, establish partnership with some government ministries within Rwanda, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Board through the Masaka Business Incubator Centre (MBIC) where we are establishing the Green Business Innovation Centre (GBIC) as part of the Green Entrepreneurship Training (GET) Program. We have also developed collaboration with local women groups under the Kabuga Masaka Women Development Association (KAMAWODA), youths, religious and other interest groups. We have established a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rwanda Institute for Cooperatives, Entrepreneurship and Microfinance. Salama Heritage Ecovillage (SHE) Africa the host organization of the GET Program is the National Organizer for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) Rwanda and the host organization of the Ecosystems Services Partnerships (ESP) National Network for Rwanda.
Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie DOB 27-08-1966 Geologist, Environmentalist, Eco-community Builder, Social Environmental Entrepreneur and Gender/Childhood Ambassador, 31 years professional experience within the Africa Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, Environmental Management/ Education Sector. Dynamic trainer - 26 years experience in the Gender/ Development sector and has led several Pan African NGOs. 22 years - involvement in the International Climate Change Negotiations, promoting climate action, environmental leadership and green economic development. Initiated several Pan African projects such as the PACE Center- Ghana, SWEET Africa Foundation, WECAN Africa / TAP/PEN Initiative. Advisory board member for several international organizations including WEA USA/ WECC USA/CCN Nigeria. Nominated exceptional women representing Africa -ACP Program of the EU- Women Actors of Development - March 7th 2014, Brussels, Belgium. Since 2012- involved in global environmental leadership programs - EDE Training at Sieben Linden Ecovillage- Germany, August/September 2012, Beahrs ELP, UC- Berkeley- USA, June/July 2013, Transition to Resilience - Findhorn Foundation-Scotland, March 2014/ Global Ecovillage Summit (GES), Dakar-Senegal, December 2014. Published -50 technical/policy papers, presented / attended several international conferences, seminars, forums, symposiums worldwide. Her publications have been within the field of Climate Change, Geology, Mining, Tourism, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, Environmental Management, Education and Green Economic Development. She is the Founder of the Women Environment & Climate Action Network (WECAN) Africa Initiative, Ambassador for the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Africa. Founder of Cameroon Vision (CAMVISION) Trust 1998, Co-founded the Salama Heritage Ecovillage (SHE) 2014 and Elite Ventures Africa Limited. SHE Tanzania in June 2019 received the Best NGO Leadership Award for East Africa under her leadership. Ms Mbone Enie is a Childhood Ambassador for the Global Childhood Decade 2012-2022. She currently serves as the Head of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Rwanda. In March 2022 Rosemary founded the Salama Heritage Ecovillage (SHE) Africa. She also serves as the Chief Executive