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Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana - also known as GrEEn - is a four year joint project from the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and SNV. The project will be implemented in the Ashanti and Western regions of Ghana.

GrEEn is funded under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), which was set up by European and African partners in 2015 to deliver an integrated and coordinated response to irregular migration, forced displacement and the diverse causes of instability, including climate change.

GrEEn will contribute to addressing the root causes of irregular migration by supporting sustainable and climate resilient local economies, green jobs and development in regions of departure, transit and return.

GrEEn will be implemented in coordination with the Ghanaian Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (and other relevant ministries) alongside the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies of the two focal regions. Furthermore, SNV will be working with a wide variety of partners, including private sector, vocational and other training service providers, incubation and acceleration hubs, relevant Ministries, the Ghanaian diaspora, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), as well as other donors and relevant actors working on green jobs and enterprises.

Key facts about the project: Objectives & results

GrEEn’s specific objectives

1: To support the transition of local economies to green and climate resilient development

2: To improve the employability and entrepreneurship capabilities of selected people by matching them with market opportunities and mentoring into (self-)employment and enterprise development (with a focus on green and climate resilient local economies)

3: To create and strengthen local ecosystems that support youth (self-)employment and the development of MSMEs.

SNV will be focusing on the following two result areas:

  • Employability and entrepreneurship capabilities of youth, women and returnees are improved in sectors of economic opportunities
  • Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs), offering decent and sustainable jobs to youth, women and returnees, are incubated and/or accelerated and contribute to green and climate resilient local economies.

The key targets of the GrEEn project for SNV are the following:

  1. At least 5,000 people trained and coached for employability and entrepreneurship (youth: 60-80%, women: 40-60% and returnees: 10%);
  2. At least 3,500 people have created or developed self-employment opportunities (youth: 60-80%, women: 40-60% and returnees: 5-10%);
  3. At least 100 MSMEs have been incubated or accelerated to expand their business (disaggregated by number of employees, sector and district);
  4. At least 1,500 decent and sustainable jobs created by MSMEs (youth: 60-80%, women: 40-60%);

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