Young people worldwide are leading the way demanding climate action. Whether in communities, in their places of study or directly lobbying politicians and businesses, they are fighting for their futures. The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have partnered on a joint mission to accelerate climate adaptation action under the African Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP). We believe that young people have a crucial role to play in developing and implementing solutions for building resilience and mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change.
With the African Youth Adaptation Solutions (YouthADAPT) Challenge, the AAAP will inspire and support the commercialisation of climate change adaptation solutions driven by the entrepreneurial drive of African Youth entrepreneurs in Africa. The YouthADAPT Challenge demonstrates the efficacy and equity of involving young African entrepreneurs in adaptation action, the need to support the ‘missing-middle’ businesses in terms of funding, with winners awarded a business grant of up to $100,000 each as well as the opportunity to further develop their ventures through business support and acceleration.