Indalo Inclusive Hybrid Symposium 2022

“Mobilise sustainable climate finance instruments to support entrepreneurial innovations for a resilient, socially inclusive, low carbon and just economic transition in South Africa”

The world has just emerged from the much-anticipated United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ‘s Conference of Parties (COP26) held in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The COP26 happened against the backdrop of the world still trying to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Both COVID-19 and Climate Change impose additional pressure on already existing challenges of livelihoods in society, particularly in underdeveloped and low-income nations,  and especially in  Africa.

Recognizing the imperatives for negotiations and dialogue at platforms such as the COP26, there is an urgent need for ambitious pragmatic action that is geared towards helping communities adapt and become more resilient to the effects of climate change. At COP26, Nations adopted a Pact, that is aimed at turning the 2020s into a decade of climate action and support.

This builds upon and is consistent with the global goal on adaptation established at the Paris Agreement that seeks to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience, and reducing vulnerability to climate change in the context of the Agreement’s temperature goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C or 2°C

Indalo Inclusive South Africa (Indalo) believes that climate action has to be a concerted and collaborative effort among ecosystem partners (government, private sector, and civil society organizations). The objective of our actions should be directed at helping those that are vulnerable through a combination of pragmatic policies and market-driven approaches that will also address the triple challenges of poverty, inequality, and employment that South Africa is facing.

The outlook across the South African economic landscape is bleak. According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) of June 2021, the official unemployment rate was 32,6%. This rate was 46,3% among young people aged 15 – 34 years, implying that almost one in every two young people in the labour force did not have a job in the first quarter of 2021.

A deeper dive into the statistical outlook is even more worrying to say the least. If this alone, juxtaposed with the projected risks emanating from climate change on communities because of increased temperatures and natural disasters such as floods and drought, does not heighten the urgency of action, as a collective we ought to ask ourselves, if we are serious about our role in society, or not?

The Indalo Hybrid Symposium 2022, builds upon the foundation and success of past events which established the need for robust climate finance mechanisms for adaptation as well as mapping pathways for a transition to a greener and low carbon economy in South Africa. In addition, we recognize that the climate change discourse is broad and therefore, broader thematic approaches are required. These include among others:

  • Climate Adaptation Finance –Showcasing and mobilizing support for local entrepreneurial innovations relevant for climate adaptation finance within the rural landscape of South Africa 
  • Just Transition – Opportunities for Grassroot entrepreneurial innovations for a just energy transition. 
  • Women-led entrepreneurial innovations – Accelerating gender-responsive climate action through entrepreneurial support and showcasing women-led innovations 
  • Youth and Inclusive innovations – Youth inclusivity is a driver for positive climate action and climate-smart innovations in South Africa 
  • Food Waste and Loss (FWL) – Transitioning to a circular food economy: exploring and supporting food waste and loss innovations and solutions

Day 1: Opening Ceremony

Day 1: Afternoon Plenary & Awards

Day 2: Hybrid Symposium