By joining the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA) in 2019, Ghana has expressed its ambition to become a leading country for the circular economy in Africa. However, the current situation with regard to waste management and recyclable materials in Ghana is only partially in line with circular economy principles.
Against this background, the project Capacities4CircularFutures aims to develop and test a practice-oriented international training programme aimed at young African executives from the relevant government agencies and the private sector. This combines international exchange and training with networking and qualification of startup hubs and links to existing networks and knowledge management structures. It builds on the projects "Economic Promotion in the Recycling Sector through Value Creation from Plastic Waste in Ghana" and "Promotion of Sustainable Economic Development for Sustainable Employment in Ghana", which were funded by North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
The Wuppertal Institute's researcher will be conducting a two-week training programme, including visits to expert companies in NRW, for 14 Ghanaian young executives from public institutions.
In addition, they create and develop an openly accessible knowledge management platform on the circular economy in cooperation with African partners and organise a thematic session at the WACEE 2023 conference in Accra.
Finally, they consult startup hubs on specific solutions in the field of circular economy by means of workshops and online seminars.