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Solution17 for Climate Action in Africa


    Solution17 for Climate Action in Africa, a project of Creative Youth Community Development Initiative was birthed to spark creativities among young people in building the Future We Want through Climate Action Enterprises to promote natural environment and prosperity in different communities. The project which commenced on January 2020 at the Covenant University, Nigeria, explores creative and innovative capacities of students and youths through proper understanding of sustainability, their environment and the current global threat (COVID-19); to produce SDG based solutions for social impact and profit. The practice promotes entrepreneurship, start-ups development, Innovation and green economy


    The practice began with the submission of project ideas. This was followed by a series of training and selection sessions. 17 Finalists and their teams were admitted for bespoke training at the Solution17 Innovation Hub in July 2020. The project produced 17 Climate Action start-ups with projection to create minimum of five million innovators across the world through Entrepreneurship Network Marketing Model by September 25, 2030. Each finalist creates awareness towards the actualization of One SDG (Social Impact), in addition to their enterprise (Profit). The objective is hinged on problem solving with the application of: • 17 SDGs • 17 Participants • 17 ideas & • 17 Enterprises The project birthed ‘Art for Climate Change’ to spur action against Climate Crisis whilst creating platform to promote trade and engagement in rural communities.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    Solution17 for Climate Action was designed to promote and implement SDG based projects. The call for application, screening, selection, training, project/product development were tailored towards actualization of the SDGs & 2030 Agenda. The SDGs Model was framed to: 1. turn participants’ passion into social impacts and profits through driving Climate Action Enterprises 2. impact 289 innovators per batch (17 x 17) through Entrepreneurship Network Marketing (Training of Trainers) 3. drive millions of people around the world to take action with the tool of Art and Music via ‘Art for Climate Change’

    Implementation methodologies

    Project Plan was divided into Milestones (Initiation, Planning, Execution, Performance/Monitoring, Implementation of start-ups) and Activities (below). Timeline was assigned against each activity so as to meet stipulated deadline and budget/resources against each milestone. Project Impact monitored and measured quarterly via the project objectives: . 1. Feb-Mar 2020: Application opened/closed 2. Mar: Specialized Training on 'Design Thinking/PM 3. May 1-20: Screening Exercise by the REFINERS. 4. May 20: 47 Qualifiers emerged 5. Jun 2: Qualifiers Pitched to Refiners/Advisory Team 6. Jun 2: Global Movement Launched 7. Jun 3: 17 Finalists Unveiled 8. Jun 26: ThePitch to the Office of Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on SDGs 9. Jun 30: Presentation of FINALISTS to UN DSG office 10. July 10: Virtual Reality Innovation Hub 11. Aug 10: Implementation of Start-ups + Monitoring & Data Management 12. Sept 25: Art for Climate Change launched by UN DSG 13. Dec: Solution17 Green Recovery birthed 14. Feb 2021: Design of Digital Platform 15. Apr: Launch of SDG Trading Platform 16. Apr: Opening of Virtual Gallery ‘Art for Climate Change’ 17. May: Youth Summit: ‘replication & scaling” 18. May: Presentation of 272 New Innovators 19. July: New session begins… continues till 2030 Upon completion of the planning stage, the world was hit by COVID-19 Pandemic. Project was reworked, physical engagements cancelled, and project theme was updated to “Climate Crisis; A Race We Must Win- Lesson Learnt from COVID19 to Fight Climate Crisis” Resources: 1. Financials - $7234 and $2170 was received from Covenant University and PPC Ltd respectively 2. Training materials, Facilities, Staffs and Project budget covered by CYCDI till date 3. Human Resources: Refiners and Volunteers


    Results/Outputs/Impacts 1. Project produced 17 start-ups with projection to create minimum of 5 million innovators by 2030 2. Launched Solution17 Hybrid Hub to transform ideas to green enterprises 3. Launch a S17 digital platform to onboard Solution17 SDGs community for 18 months between Q2 of 2021 to Q3 of 2022 to aid financial transaction & marketplace 4. Generate campaign tool-‘Art for Climate Change’ to promote Global Movement Against Climate Crisis (Launched in Q2 2020) whilst creating platform for green community engagement and trade for wealth creation from Q4 of 2021 5. A tech ENM Model created for effective replication and scaling across communities The practice has scaled up to include: I. Children – transform climate action enterprises to relatable artworks as campaign tools II. Youth - idea generators III. Rural community: beneficiaries/agro food traders/door-to-door campaigners IV. Universities- researchers/refiners/hosts V. Commercial bank - host of Solution17 Green/trainer/data and account management

    Factors and Constraints

    Prior to Project Take-off, the budget included: 1. Accommodation (10days) for 30 stakeholders (Finalists, Team Members, Production Crew & Staffs) 2. Media, Coverage + Documentary 3. Transportation, Feeding + others, totally $15,000. Technology and COVID-19 reduced the cost of the itemized elements by 50%. The remaining 50% covered the cost of virtual space by ZOOM, production logistics at the Hub and Covenant University In addition, the quality of deliverables was outstanding as we had unlimited access to project actors; especially the 6 climate change artists that were camped at the Innovation Hub for over 120 hours to convert the enterprises to ARTS!

    Sustainability and replicability

    Solution17 for Climate Action began in 2020 (Decade of Action) and It will continue till September 2030. The following elements are in place to ensure sustainability: 1. Relationship with Host University -Covenant to drive the project till 2030. 2. Entrepreneurship Network Marketing Model to grow the community from 289 members to minimum of 5million innovators and green entrepreneurs by 2030. 3. Commitment of our partners PPC Limited (Private Sector), Entreps (Global SDGs network) ThisDay Group (Media) to promote the practice globally 4. We are currently developing Solution17 digital platform to facilitate access to green financing, co-founders and partnerships to enable growth 5. The National #ClimateAction program which targets over one million undergraduates will begin in Nigeria by June 2021. A total of 105 team members are currently working on 17 start-ups in 17 local communities in Nigeria. Lessons learnt from these communities created Solution17 Green/Solution17 Green Recovery.

    COVID-19 Impact

    COVID-19 impacted the implementation of the projects in two ways: 1. Inability to secure funding to support the enterprises, this was mitigated by the establishment of Solution17 Green 2. Inability to mobilise the local communities to support execution within their domain; mitigated via Solution17 Green Recovery (GR) GR is a Community Cooperative System that seeks to alleviate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on thousands of beneficiaries in selected Local communities where Climate Action Enterprises are implemented GR is a component of Solution17 Green designed to leverage on agribusiness value chains, trading and culture of saving for the future; to support livelihood, increase economic growth and protect natural environment. The entire system is supported by Solution17 Green Digital Flow System which incorporates Savings, trading and COVID-19 Prevention Information to eliminate the pain points created by the pandemic and build back better

    Contact Name
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    This initiative belongs to SDG Good Practices
    Creative Youth Community Development Initiative
    Geographical coverage

    Implemented in Lagos State and Ogun State in Nigeria

    10 January 2020 (start date)
    25 September 2030 (date of completion)
    Contact Information

    Foluke , Chief Executive Officer/Project Director