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Campus Climate Action Challenge (CCAC)

Exposing students to the economic opportunities around climate change and engaging them to create solutions that address climate impacts

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Campus Climate Action Challenge leverages on the creativity, expertise and skills of students and the academic community to create solutions for achieving global climate change goals in Nigeria. It is an open call for students to submit project ideas and innovative solutions that are considered fit for mitigating climate change or adapting to climate change impacts. Solutions can be in the form of implementable projects, technological innovations and/or start-up business ideas that address the challenges of flooding, drought, deforestation, energy, water management and agriculture in Nigeria as well as creates economic opportunities for the students and the academic community.

Entries are reviewed by a selection committee that comprises of climate change experts from the academia, Non-governmental organizations, private companies and government agencies. Reviewers select the best 25 (or less depending on funds) as semi-finalist. Semi-finalists are invited to a one week incubation workshop where experts will coach them and equip them with tools needed to scale up their ideas. Workshop training include business model canvas, grant writing course, fundraising and other customized subjects that would help them develop their ideas. At the end of the incubation period, the coaches will select 5 finalists. At the grand finale, the 5 finalists will pitch their ideas before investors, stakeholders and other audiences. Participants at the event will have opportunity to critic the ideas and vote to select three (3) winners. Depending on funding, the three winners will receive seed grants to scale up their ideas. Our organisation in partnership with the institutions of the winners will follow up on the recipients to ensure they utilise the seed grants to scale of their ideas

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Campus Climate Action Challenge targets youths who must be in the age bracket of 16-35 and must be enrolled in any higher institution in Nigeria (universities, polytechnics and colleges of education)

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Climate change discuss has attracted a lot of interests from individuals, government agencies and organisations, many of whom are doing one thing or the other to help combate its impacts on our livelihoods, economy and infrastructure. While some initiatives have focused on advocacy and sensitisation of students on the impacts of climate change, few have initiated tree planting exercises for secondary school students. But none has engaged the higher institution students in such a way that it exposes the economic potential climate action can bring to students. Through our Campus Climate Action Challenge, students' ability to create innovative solutions will be exposed. The student community will be more enlightened about the impacts of climate change as well as be positioned to contribute to its solutions. Student innovators will have linkages with potential investors which may result in more investments to scale up their projects. Lastly, potential start-up businesses are anticipated

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Development Impact Pathfinders Initiative (Devimpath) is a registered non-profit organization whose mission is to build a new community of active young leaders, sustainable development champions and co-creators of innovations that contribute to sustainable development in Nigeria and beyond. We achieve these through capacity building, knowledge exchange, engagement in innovation co-creation and collaborations. Website is http://www.devimpath.org. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/devimpath. Twitter: @devimpath

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

In Nigeria, climate related disasters are potentially destroying crops, valuable community assets and key infrastructures resulting in loss of livelihoods and exacerbation of poverty. Therefore, to thrive in a climate-changed future, Nigerians must learn to adapt to the impacts of climate change by developing and implementing actions. Many students have developed incredible innovations in the past but the passion die upon graduation because they lacked the support needed to scale up their ideas

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Livelihoods, infrastructures and economic prosperity of our nation and other nations at large are been impacted by climate change. The future of the younger generation is threatened by climate change. However, climate change has also presented opportunities for young people to exploit their creativity in providing solutions to climate change. In doing so, economic opportunities are created, income are generated, technologies are advanced and a more prosperous society can be achieved. For Nigeria, achieving the climate change goals provide opportunity for Nigeria to grow its economy in a climate resilient manner, address its energy deficiency effectively and enhance the economic empowerment of its citizens.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

We hope to partner with climate change experts from the academia, Non-governmental organizations, private companies and government agencies in implementation of the project. We will partner with participants' institutions to ensure their projects are sustained after the challenge

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The higher institution in Nigeria make up a large community of young people with the voice to change narratives, the passion to challenge problems and the creative energy to drive innovative solutions to climate change and other development challenges confronting the country. Students have developed incredible technologies across all fields in Nigeria. This why we believe that the energy, skills and expertise of young people in higher institutions can be engaged to solve climate change.

Geographic Focus

This idea is targeted at Nigerian higher institutions but can be replicated in other countries

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

We propose 6 months for the project

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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