CEDARE’s Sustainable Growth Programme (SGP) addresses new and emerging concepts related to environment and development for human well-being, with a focus on issues related to Sustainable Consumption and Production, Green Economy, and Green ICT. The Programme collaborates on global, regional and national efforts, addressing: poverty alleviation, health, waste reduction (e-waste), green jobs, green ICT, pollution reduction, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable consumption and production, and energy security.Together with its wide partner base from the international, regional and national community, the SGP implements projects, conducts research and studies, and provides training and knowledge dissemination.
As mandated by the SRI Project, E-Khorda; the entrepreneurship support and incubation programme was recently launched to provide technical assistance to start-ups in the e-waste recycling field and to help build operational e-waste companies by end of 2017. E-Khorda’s implementing partners are CEDARE, Chemonics Egypt Consultants, Cleantech Arabia, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Innoventures, and Sofies Consulting. The incubation programme, which was preceded by 3 separate info sessions targeting interested applicants, consists of a two-month detailed capacity building and training including a condensed 10-day training which started on March 10, 2017.
As part of the EU-funded SwitchMed Civil Society Empowerment Programme, a free-of-charge four-day training workshop is co-organized by CEDARE in partnership with the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP/RAC) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA).
Not only is SRI Egypt attempting startups, but also existing enterprises, which have a considerable share in the bundle of services provided by the project. As a tool of business development, the Technical Needs Assessment is a major activity designed for e-waste recyclers and in line with the “Training and Technical Support” component. The Project’s experts met with a number of existing recyclers on February 14th, 15th, & 19th, 2017. The one-to-one working sessions aimed at conducting a rapid assessment of the specific technical needs of each enterprise as well as to help them acquire those needs. This very activity targeted exploring potential development opportunities, bridging existing informational gaps and providing enterprises with technical support as mandated by the project.
On February 1st, 2017, the Steering Committee members of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Project met in one of a series of periodical meetings to follow up on the implementation of the project at the technical and operational levels. The meeting, chaired by the Director of Information Infrastructure Division and hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), was attended by all members and the CEO of Sofies and the Project Director and Coordinator representing the Project Management Unit in CEDARE besides all partners and stakeholders.
As one of the key deliverables, the SRI Project advisory board has been recently established and the first meeting was held on January 11th, 2017 at the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT). The structure of the board incorporates CEDARE, Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre (ENCPC), Egyptian Organization for Standards & Quality, Information Technology Institute (ITI), MCIT, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry, National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Social Fund for Development (SFD), Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) & UNDP GEF.
On December 14th, 2016, diverse stakeholders in the fields of transportation, urban planning, environment, and intelligent transportation systems, all gathered for a dissemination event held by Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) to disseminate their projects in sustainable transportation. The results of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative study on fuel economy for light duty vehicles for Egypt was presented, along with an interactive discussion about the various policies suggested in Egypt and presented through a policy brief that was handed out to all participants.