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Call for applications | African Union Climate Action Innovators Hub at the Africa Climate Summit 

The African Union Commission is to host a Climate Action Innovators Hub at the upcoming Africa Climate Summit (4-6 September 2023) in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The Hub provides an opportunity to showcase a diverse range of bold climate action happening across the continent, focusing on innovations led by women and young people.

Access the application form here to showcase your climate action.

African Union’s Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022-2032) is Africa’s first collective climate change action plan and strategy that details specific suggested actions the continent needs to urgently undertake to respond to climate change.

The Strategy seeks to harmonise the continent’s response to climate change over the next decade, setting out the key guiding principles, priorities, and intervention areas for enhanced climate cooperation.

This Strategy is the framework for climate action of all Africans, including both government and non-government stakeholders. For the Strategy to be effectively implemented, broad-based ownership and inclusive participation is vital. 

The African Union Commission will host a Climate Action Innovation Hub at the upcoming Africa Climate Summit, taking place 4-6 September 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya. This Climate Action Innovation Hub will provide an opportunity to showcase a diverse range of the bold, innovative climate actions that are taking place across the continent that align to the specific ambitions and goals of the Africa Climate Change Strategy. 

This Innovation Hub will be a dedicated space for Africa’s innovators, especially women and youth, to showcase their 'game changing' climate solutions and project ideas that support the achievement of a climate-resilient and sustainable Africa. Furthermore, this event provides an important platform to exchange key lessons and share ideas, as well as an opportunity to garner support for innovative solutions from a diverse and broad audience, including policy makers and potential investors. 

These transformative climate innovations and initiatives, of varying scales, may touch on any of the major themes identified within the Climate Strategy.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Clean energy
  • Climate-smart agriculture and sustainable land management
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Green economy and sustainable value chains
  • Sustainable fisheries management
  • Water storage and conservation
  • Waste management and circular economy
  • Green transport
  • Climate resilient infrastructure
  • Resilient and climate smart cities

A key criteria for selection is that the innovation must demonstrate a contribution towards building Africa's climate adaptation capacity, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and/or enhancing its overall climate resilience.

Applications from climate innovators at various scales are welcome, with a preference given to projects that operate at a grassroots level or that demonstrate a high degree of social inclusion, particularly for women, youth and those facing economic hardship. 

For the opportunity to be selected as one of the African innovators to participate in the Africa Climate Summit Innovation Hub, please complete and submit the below application no later than Friday 4 August 2023 at midnight East African Time. 

Please note that we will only contact successful applicants.

In particular, this hub focuses on profiling innovations led by women and youth.

For more information, please contact:

Leah Wanambwa - leah.wanambwa [at]; WanambwaL [at]

Please CC:

Harsen Nyambe Nyambe - NyambeH [at]

and Feben Tegegne - FebenT [at]

African Union Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan

Africa’s new Climate Change Strategy offers a continental roadmap