Through this project, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), in consortium with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC) with funding support from Global Affairs Canada (GAC), seeks to build the gender-lens investing ecosystem for growth-oriented women entrepreneurs to grow scalable climate-related businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Accelerating Women Climate Entrepreneurs (AWCE) will contribute to poverty reduction and response to climate change by identifying and promoting good practices to support women entrepreneurs in climate-related value chains and developing a road map for international development stakeholders to provide further gender-responsive support to women climate entrepreneurs and intermediaries.
ANDE seeks Concept Notes from organizations that support women climate entrepreneurs in SGBs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Concept Notes should focus on projects that Pilot, Test, or Expand scalable solutions to tackle the financing gap for women climate entrepreneurs in SGBs that produce climate change mitigation and adaptation goods and services within Sub-Saharan Africa. These are expected to generate knowledge and proven solutions that can be replicated and scaled by the broader SGB sector.
ANDE encourages submissions employing creative solutions to both supply and demand components of the climate financing gap with a gender lens within AWCE priority sectors of Agriculture, Sustainable Energy, and Water and Sanitation; and that fit any of the following categories :
- Entrepreneur support organizations supporting innovative approaches in agriculture to help women entrepreneurs, including smallholder farmers, to start and grow climate resilient agribusinesses amid vulnerabilities to weather-related shocks such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, and fluctuations in rain seasons in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Entrepreneur support organizations supporting innovative and affordable clean off-grid renewable energy solutions that can be accelerated for deployment or scaled up amid intensifying environmental degradation and climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Entrepreneur support organizations supporting innovative approaches to environmental conservation, greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and natural resource management.
- Entrepreneur support organizations with climate related novel and practical methods that inform best practices to help funders and credit providers among other institutions invest more in catalytic capital, credit and offer better financing products and services to women climate entrepreneurs.
Organizations eligible to apply :
Non-profit entrepreneur support organizations, such as : incubators, accelerators, investors, capacity development providers, non-governmental organizations, operating (non-grantmaking) foundations, and research and advisory service providers, are qualified to apply.
Deadline for submission of Concept Notes : Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Funding : USD $30,000 – $65,500