Today (16 May), the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, visited the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre to see the progress it has made with funding from UKaid and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During his visit, Mr Hailey with new Country Director of DFID Kenya, Pete Vowles, saw first hand some of the innovations developed with British and Danish support, which included a digital pump, solar tiles, slaughterhouse biogas and ethanol cookstoves.
The overall results from the CIC to date include (target in brackets) are:
- 52 (36) new operational businesses created
- 1,128 (900) full time equivalent jobs created
- $10.5m ($1.1m) leveraged from other funding sources for CIC clients
- 68,500 (36,000) people better able to cope
- 129,300 (85,000) tons of CO2 equivalent mitigated
- 95,000 (75,000) households using lower carbon energy sources
The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (CIC)
The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC) provides holistic, country-driven support to accelerate the development, deployment and transfer of locally relevant climate and clean energy technologies.
It provides incubation, capacity building services and financing to Kenyan entrepreneurs and new ventures that are developing innovative solutions in energy, water and agribusiness to address climate change challenges.
The Kenya CIC is an initiative supported by the World Bank’sinfoDev and is the first in a global network of CICs being launched by infoDev’s Climate Technology Program (CTP).