EGYPT: Building the green economy in the Mediterranean (UNEP, SWITCH-MED) (3)

Business with Common Sense collaboration with the SWITCH-MED project is coming to its end. The project, led by UNEP/MAP – SCP/RAC (a regional agency from the United Nations Environment Programme), aims at fostering the Green Economy across the Mediterranean basin by empowering its key actors: eco-entrepreneurs and green businesses.

As part of the second phase of the SWITCH-MED project, the “training of trainers”, we went to Morrocco in July, to Jordan in October and this week we are in Egypt training eleven local trainers on the Eco-entrepreneurship Methodology that was prepared in collaboration with other consultants, including Ecologing, GreenBiz, BwCS and Innedit, at the beginning of this year. This second phase seeks to contribute to the development of a strong ecosystem for eco-entrepreneurship & green business in the Mediterranean.

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We are sharing an enriching week of practice with enthusiastic young trainers and entrepreneurs coming from a variety of backgrounds and sectors. Through a group-based approach these local trainers are learning how to use the methodology, as they will be in charge of teaching and guiding local eco-entrepreneurs in the transformation of their business idea. We are also exchanging experiences and best practices, learning about the country’s singularities and connecting networks.

We would like to thank the local partners leading the work on the ground: the “Egypt National Cleaner Production Center”, “Nahdet el Mahrousa” and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and all the participants of this training session for their interest, and for sharing with us their good mood, willingness to learn, while looking after us.

Many thanks to your warm hospitality!

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The Eco-entrepreneurship Training of Trainers in Egypt (November 08-13, 2015).