A new Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Ethiopia was announced this month, through the support of a US$ 5 million grant agreement signed between the World Bank and the Addis Ababa University. Ethiopia is set to benefit from this new initiative to help local businesses develop and deploy climate friendly technologies that are expected to create thousands of new green jobs.
The Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center, spearheaded by infoDev, a global innovation program of the World Bank, aims to accelerate the use of emerging technologies in locally owned and developed solutions to climate change. The Center, which is supported by the government of Norway, UKAid and the World Bank, will provide financing as well as mentorship and advisory services to a growing number of local climate innovators and entrepreneurs. Through its support to local entrepreneurs, the center will propel innovative solutions to climate change while creating jobs and improving livelihoods. It is expected to support up to 20 sustainable climate technology ventures in its first year, and more than two hundred over the next ten years leading to up to 12,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center, which will be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2014, will be established through a consortium led by the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center (HoAREC) — a regional institution hosted by Addis Ababa University (AAU), Meta Meta, Climate Science Center and Maxwell Stamp. The CIC will collaborate closely with the government of Ethiopia to align priorities according to the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Strategy.
The Ethiopia CIC is part of infoDev’s Climate Technology Program (CTP) which is establishing a network of CICs to help countries benefit from more pro-active participation in the ongoing global clean technology revolution, leading to economic gain and job creation, while reducing emissions. The first CIC was opened in Kenya in September 2012, and has already supported over 70 local innovative clean tech ventures. Other CICs are being established in Vietnam, the Caribbean, India, Morocco, South Africa and Ghana.