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Ford Foundation team visits UNI Climate Change Hub

By on September 7, 2015

The Climate Change Hub hosted a team from the Ford Foundation led by the Vice President Hilary Pennington of the foundation’s Education, Creativity and Free Expression program whom also oversees the foundation’s regional programming in Africa and the Middle East.

The Foundation recently approved a grant to the Hub for a participatory research and capacity building project on “Augmenting innovative waste economies to enhance urban livelihoods and reduce emissions in informal settlements (AWELIS)” of Kampala for improved management of wastes by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
The project aims to;
a) co-develop waste-energy business enterprises for scaling out and scaling up in the city that could benefit people in informal settlements
b) reduce community indirect costs associated with solid poor waste management practices and improve the neighborhood environment
c) reduce operation costs for in managing the waste sector as well as the landfill and reduce methane emissions by KCCA.
The approach for implementation will involve deepened dialogue, solutions design, solutions validation and business promotion for scaling up in the city.

On 9th August, the Hub Coordinator Shuaib Lwasa led the Ford team to a field reconnaissance of the sites and partner communities where the community groups presented about the need to move from micro-enterprises to Small and Medium-scale enterprises of the waste-to-energy sector.

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