Can East Africa leapfrog to a circular economy?

Originally posted on Circular Africa:
In the past years, more research has been conducted about the alternatives of our current linear economy that is focused on ‘take-make-dispose’. A circular economy is an alternative model, that enables green growth and green industrialization by closing the loop of resources and by developing regenerative and circular systems. As stressed by Chatman House1, the circular economy has been mostly seen as a rich-country agenda. However, the circular economy has enormous potential for lower and middle-income countries. Here are four reasons why circular economy supporters should focus on the (East) African region to unlock the… Continue reading Can East Africa leapfrog to a circular economy?

UK-Africa Investment Summit – January 2020 — Financing for Development in Africa

On 20 January 2020 the UK will host the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London. The Summit will be hosted by the Prime Minister and will bring together businesses, governments and international institutions to showcase and promote the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa. The Summit will strengthen the UK’s partnership with African nations […] UK-Africa Investment Summit – January 2020 — Financing for Development in Africa There are 13 African countries listed to be part of the discussed, I am looking forward to hear meaningful partnership coming out of this summit in these countries. Seeing only 1 Southern Africa … Continue reading UK-Africa Investment Summit – January 2020 — Financing for Development in Africa

Cities and the Circular Economy for Food

Originally posted on Circular Economy Startups:
A friend just forwarded a post from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. It contains a deep report on the challenges and strategy needed to build a food system fit for the 21st century and beyond. The report received input from 100+ organizations and actors along the food value chain. City authorities, NGO’s, CEO’s, academics and policymakers crafted the vision. You can find the page here. Some stunning and distinct messages in the detailed document, regarding problems of the current linear food system, are: Sourcing food grown regeneratively, and locally where appropriate; design and market healthier… Continue reading Cities and the Circular Economy for Food