Nigeria CIC to visit KCIC for training
In 2012, Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) was created as a project of the World Bank’s InfoDev program. Due to the success of the initiative, more Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) were subsequently launched in other countries in Africa and beyond. Currently, there are CICs in Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Morocco, Vietnam, and the Caribbean. The most recent addition to the family has been in Nigeria, which was inaugurated in August of 2018.
In addition to the World Bank Group (WBG), the Nigeria CIC has been established in partnership with the Government of Nigeria. It also enjoys support from the Enterprise Development Centre at the Pan-Atlantic University as well as the Rural Electrification Agency.
KCIC to give training for Nigeria CIC
From 28-31 January, 2019, KCIC is looking forward to receiving staff from Nigeria CIC. It will be their first visit to our premises. In addition to developing connections with our staff, they will be partaking in a capacity building training.
Given that Nigeria CIC is the youngest of the Climate Innovation Centers, they are going to come to essentially learn more about how KCIC works and see how they can apply that knowledge to their incubation center. They will undergo learning and training sessions about how we provide business advisory services, an enabling environment, access to finance, access to facilities, and access to information for green-growth entrepreneurs.
Nigeria CIC focus areas
Nigeria CIC concentrates on similar thematic areas to those of KCIC. While the two incubation centers both work with enterprises in renewable energy and agribusiness, KCIC assists clients in water management, whereas Nigeria CIC supports entrepreneurs in both water and waste management. With a population of over 170 million inhabitants, Nigeria is one of the largest producers of solid waste in the African continent. Nigeria CIC thus considers solid waste management to be the most pressing environmental challenge that their country is facing.
Furthermore, their Climate Innovation Center maintains an overarching focus on supporting the off-grid solar sector. According to their website:
“In Nigeria, a majority of people lack access to electricity or have very poor access to the grid. Businesses throughout all economic sectors cite electricity as one of the main obstacles in their operations, and suffer significant revenue loss due to frequent blackouts power unreliability. This energy gap has negative impacts including job unemployment, socio-economic underdevelopment, and climate change.”
As such, they are supporting technologies to boost off-grid solar access, including direct current home appliances and micro- and mini-grids. To expand the accessibility of these technologies, Nigeria CIC is also promoting IT support, distribution systems, end-of-life product management, and awareness-raising campaigns.
This is an area in which KCIC also has experience. In addition to incubating clients in the solar energy space, KCIC is itself involved in solar projects. For instance, it is a partner in the Mini-Wind project, which is piloting a mini wind turbine that can be attached to pre-existing solar panels in Kenya.
Supporting Nigeria CIC with capacity building
Since its inception, KCIC has been successful in helping entrepreneurs fight climate change and create employment for the community. In fact, thus far, KCIC clients have been able to mitigate over 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide and create over 2,400 jobs. KCIC therefore is looking forward to sharing the know-how it has gained over the past several years with the newest member of the Climate Innovation Centers. Furthermore, by strengthening the ties between the two CICs, they can help one another to gain international exposure and support through their shared network.
By: Alise Brillault