Field study on the potential for Green Growth and Human Capital Development in Africa

As part of a study on behalf of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to analyze the potential for Green Growth (GG) and Human Capital Development in Africa, CAD has undertaken field visits to Rwanda, Burkina Faso and Zambia to collect and analyze first hand data..

The field visit to Zambia took place a few weeks ago and focused on the implications of Green Growth with regards to skills development, job creation and health and collected best practices, challenges and opportunities for a number of different sectors.

Zambia is currently developing its first inclusive Green Growth Strategy and as a starting point a scoping study as well as a high level stakeholder workshop took place in 2013[1]. In the course of these two events a number of entry points for GG in areas such as agriculture, access to energy, transport, forestry and construction have been defined by the Government of the Republic of Zambia. At the same time the government is focusing its efforts on topics such as job creation and skills development.

Green and Inclusive Growth are important factors for Zambia moving forward and while there are a number of pockets of activities, where implementation is already moving forward, there are important gaps especially with regards to skills development that need to be addressed to be able to capitalize on the full potential of GG for the country.

The results of the field visits will feed into an AfDB working paper on Green Growth and Human Capital Development.

[1] Led by the National Climate Change Secretariat and supported by AfDB, OECD and IEED.