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Author: Mao Amis

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Green Insights is a podcast brought to you by the African Centre for a Green Economy. This podcast delves into key environmental issues driving the transition to an inclusive green economy. We cover a range of topics including, climate finance, circular economy, green entrepreneurship and environmental leadership among others. Every week, I will be interviewing thought leaders on these key topics, and provide a spot for entrepreneurs, community leaders and policymakers who are at the forefront of driving the transition.
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To Kickstart season II of the Green Insights Podcast, I share my personal story of how I got into a career in the green economy sector.  A few weeks ago I was honoured to be interviewed by my friend and colleague, Andre Mader for his podcast the case for conservation, which I'm sharing here. In that podcase we discussed a wide range of issues, ranging from my personal journey to how consevation  could be made more effective in developing  countries. 
Lack of energy access remains one of the most important challenges to poverty alleviation in Africa. It is estimated that 600 million Africans do not have access to electricity, and more than 35% of still languish in extreme poverty. Off-grid energy solutions such as PV solar and clean cooking stove, play a crucial role in meeting the energy needs of some of the most vulnerable. Despite significant progress, the wide uptake of solar power still remains a challenge for millions of Africa. Despite the significant drop in the cost of solar energy solutions, they are still unaffordable to Africa's most vulnerable populations. Dr John Fay, founded Vitalite Group in Zambia in 2013, and now operates in 3 countries. He has a great understanding of how to overcome the hurdles of scaling up off-grid energy solutions. In this wide-ranging podcast, about his experience in the sector and how to make the sector more inclusive for African entrepreneurs. Please tune-inMore info about what we do at the African Centre for a Green Economy can be found here: www.africancentre.orgThe contact details of Vitalite Group are here: https://www.vitalitegroup.com/Follow us on twitter on these handles:@greeningbiz@afrigreen_@maoamis
In this wide-ranging discussion, we chat about the role of the gender dimension in sustainable development, more specifically food supply and in response to COVID19. Women are currently at the forefront in the response to COVID19 as frontline workers, whether in the healthcare or retail sector. What do we need to do ensure that responding to the COVID response is gender-sensitive, to ensure that those at the forefront of the crisis are supported. Access to more info about our work at the African Centre for a Green Economy is here: www.africancentre.orgFollow us on twitter on these handles:@greenbiz@afrigreen_@maoamis
In this 3rd and final segment with the African Development Bank (AfDB), we chat to Dr James Kinyangi, Head of ClimDev Special Fund about climate data. The ClimDev is investing 36 million Euros to modernize Africa's climate and weather observation networks. We chat to him about the importance of evidence-based decision making and why investing in state of the art data-centres is critical for Africa. We also chat about how the Fund can be accessed by none-state actors including independent project developers and researchers.More information about the ClimDev Special Fund can be accessed here: ClimDevAccess to more info about our work at the African Centre for a Green Economy is here: www.africancentre.orgFollow us on twitter on these handles:@greenbiz@afrigreen_@maoamis
The Covid19 pandemic is wreaking economic havoc across Africa, and as countries prepare to salvage jobs and prepare to re-ignite their economies, we should not lose focus of our long term commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Part II of our chat with Mr Gareth Phillips, Manager of Environment and Climate Change at the African Development Bank (AfDB), we discuss the progress African countries have made to mobilise climate finance. We also delve into some details, around the barriers faced, and what measures are in place to overcome those barriers. Access to more info about our work at the African Centre for a Green Economy is here: www.africancentre.orgFollow us on twitter on these handles:@greenbiz@afrigreen_@maoamis
In this podcast I chat to Mr Gareth Philips, Manager for Environment and Climate Finance at the African Development Bank (AfDB). The AfDB is a multilateral development finance institution. Its mission is to fight poverty in Africa and to improve the living conditions of its people, by investing in programmes that catalyse economic development. In this 2 part series, I chat to Gareth to find out how entrepreneurs and project developers can access funding for green economy projects, and how the AfDB is responding to the COVID19 Pandemic. Access to more info about our work at the African Centre for a Green Economy is here: www.africancentre.orgFollow us on twitter on these handles:@greenbiz@afrigreen_@maoamis
In this episode, I interview Ms Anuradha Rao, author of the book entitled "One Earth: People of Color Protecting the Planet". Anu is extremely passionate about amplifying the voices of indigenous communities in environmental conservation. This podcast focuses on what inspired her to write this book, and how she thinks the environmental movement could be more inclusive. She argues that we need to provide more platforms to changemakers on the ground, who are doing incredible work, but not often provided the opportunities to amplify their voices. Access to more info about our work at the African Centre for a Green Economy is here: www.africancentre.orgFollow us on twitter on these handles:@greenbiz@afrigreen_@maoamis
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