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.

Cli-Mates of Change

Stage of Idea start-up stage

Explain your idea in details:

The key objectives of the Cli-Mates of Change (COC) project are to promote advocacy and learning centered on fighting environmental degradation from deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions including indoor air pollution from using poisonous fuels that affect human health. Through applying theatre arts as an innovative strategy, a written drama script was developed on climate change which suits the Uganda context. And it will be staged as a drama production in two schools and in a local theatre for the community in northern Uganda. To sustain engagement and dialogue, the roles played by individual characters were thoroughly researched so that most local communities could easily relate to and be inspired. The role of each character in the drama is effective in promoting a specific behavioural outcome for each target audience. In addition, the other objective of the project addresses gender-based violence and discrimination which are challenges in Uganda. COVID-19 intensified the gender divide right from households overflowing to institutions. Therefore, fighting gender discrimination from its root cause in the households is demonstrated in the project. The theatrical drama is led by Ugandan youth who have dropped out of school due to the impact of COVID-19. Also, the project demonstrates how the youth adopt innovative entrepreneurial measures to reduce unemployment. The idea is a highly effective innovative strategy that has potential in shifting mindsets and fostering collaborations to fight climate change impacts, energy barriers, gender discrimination directed toward vulnerable young girls and women, climate migration, and other related environmental degradation challenges. The project has an advisory committee of five members made up of local professional script writers, theatre art advisors, researcher, a climate change expert, gender expert formed to oversee the project. Auditions will be held in Gulu community to select the actors and actresses so that they are thoroughly equipped.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The economy of Uganda is driven by natural resources which are vulnerable to climate change. The magnitude and scale at which lives are lost and livelihoods affected including extinction of natural species is worrisome because of limited climate action. The project radiates migration of people from risky zones prone to floods due to climate change to more secure climate zones. Therefore, the project advocates for sustainable measures in curtailing the socio-economic human related activities which are adverse in contributing to immediate and long-term climate change impacts. Some of these measures include using renewable energy efficient technologies to fight indoor air pollution produced from energy inefficient technologies that emit dirty pollutants and impact on community health. Fighting gender discrimination rooted in households and the societal fabric directed toward vulnerable young girls is advocated for in the project. Most Ugandan youth have dropped out of school. The project concept inspires them to be innovative by adopting entrepreneurial measures to reduce unemployment. It took in-depth research in science, gender, business related dimensions which are integrated in the project idea and use of the theatre arts as an innovative methodology of supporting communities alleviate societal problems, save billions of shillings in the economy without degrading the environment. The project creates a bridge between science and the artist mindset which is still a novel area to explore and maximize. The plan is to implement the project in two schools and in a local theatre for the community in northern Uganda, as key targets. School head-teachers from the two schools will be consulted to embark on collaborations that yield sustainable results. This includes instituting or reviving environmental clubs such that students implement innovative green projects using theatre arts. Civil society groups, media will be involved to support communities in advocacy related to environmental conservation and sustainability.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

For project implementation and sustainability, an advisory committee of seven members made up of local professional script writers, producers, theatre art advisors, film producers, social researcher, a climate change - energy advisor, and a gender expert is formed to oversee the project. The script was reviewed and updated by the technical committee for accuracy on environmental and climate change related topics. The project is a collaborative partnership between two youth groups (CTA) Cli-Mates of Change and Dong Bul Ker productions. Auditions will be held in Gulu community to select the actors and actresses so that they are thoroughly equipped to stage the production in the local theatre, and two other schools in northern Uganda. Corporate support from banks, telecommunication, and other relevant companies will be sought for marketing and advertising the project. To obtain buy-in from political leaders, the advisory team will consult and collaborate with district leaders the two districts in which the schools are located. School head-teachers from the two schools will be consulted to embark on continued collaborations that yield sustainable results. This includes instituting or reviving environmental clubs so that students implement innovative green projects using theatre arts. Civil society groups, media will be involved to support the schools and communities promote advocacy related to environmental conservation and sustainability. The project will be replicated in five other schools in the region. A participatory training approach will be applied to equip the youth with knowledge on climate change, and environmental awareness for its pedagogical benefits of deepening understanding. Much attention has been directed towards fighting climate change globally, however, less attention has been given to the innovative modalities of applying theatrical arts which has the potential to drive community behaviour change and mindset shifts, promote communication know-how and develop meaningful purpose-driven climate solutions in Uganda.

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Your profile

Ann Grace Apiita holds a Master of Science in climate change, development and policy from the University of Sussex, UK. A certificate in sustainable finance for policymakers to achieve climate policy, Public and Third Sector Academy (P3SA) for Sustainable Finance, from the University of Oxford (UK), a BA in tourism degree (focused on biodiversity conservation) from Makerere University, Uganda, and a postgraduate diploma in project management from Uganda management institute. Ann Grace is a fellow having completed a six-months global (entrepreneurship/social impact) IDEX Accelerator training programme in Bangalore India, (2015). She has ten years relevant experience in international development at the intersection of providing project management services, institutional capacity development, business development, partnership, knowledge management, gender sensitivity in energy governance, environmental sustainability, and climate change gained in East Africa, South Asia, and Europe to support communities meet their socio-economic needs without degrading the environment. Ann Grace has also worked with women and youth to promote entrepreneurial learning and business development. Since 2018 until now, she continues to provide technical advisory services and strategic support in decentralizing energy.

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