Environmental & Social Management Framework: Ghana Climate Innovation Centre
infoDev’s Global Climate Technology Program (CTP) is creating a global network of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) that provide a country-driven approach to climate change and allow countries to achieve their green growth objectives. It (infoDev) supports growth-oriented entrepreneurs through creative and path-breaking venture enablers and manages a global network aimed at building global entrepreneurial and SME communities of practice through its network to share and disseminate best practices and facilitate collaboration. The CTP offers a unique platform to test and develop innovative models for supporting growth oriented climate technology enterprises and to share learning from the various countries within the World Bank Group and with other relevant stakeholders. It targets the early stages of innovation, including the key role of entrepreneurs and growth-oriented startups.
Eight CICs are currently being implemented in Asia, the Caribbean and Africa including Ghana- Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC).The establishment of the GCIC Project is being supported by infoDev through a consortium led by Ashesi University. The GCIC in Ghana will act as a mechanism to maximize climate technology innovation. The GCIC will be housed within Ashesi University, and supported by a consortium of partners; (i) Ernst and Young Ghana, (ii) SNV Netherlands Development Organization, and (iii) United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA).The GCIC is funded by DANIDA. The GCIC project is based on the Ghana Climate Innovation Center Business Plan that is the result of an infoDev led feasibility study and stakeholder engagement process carried out in 2013.
Environmental quality and sustainable management of natural resources play important roles for Ghana’s prospects to reduce poverty, enhance welfare and sustain economic growth. The GCIC project has triggered the World Bank’s Environmental Assessment Policy (OP/4.01) and has been assigned a category B (Partial Assessment) to account for its minimal and localized potential environmental and social impacts which can be easily mitigated. At this stage of project preparation, the exact location of the beneficiary SMEs subproject activities are not yet known, hence, it is difficult to clearly state the positive and negative environmental and social impacts associated with the proposed subproject works. A framework approach has been adopted through the preparation of this Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) to comply with Bank triggered policy and provide a mechanism through which all legible subprojects will be screened to identify their potential environmental and social impacts prior to approval for funding.