This year’s theme is: “E-Waste and Circular Economy”. If you have ever wondered where your mobile phone, TV or the plastic packaging of your drink end up once you have thrown it away, you can find the answer by researching more about current recycling practices, its pitfalls and systemic challenges.
But you might also come across articles about innovators, politicians and ordinary citizens around the globe striving to find solutions that will enable the next generations to live decent lives. Some of them have developed transformative ideas for economic systems that could even propel us into a waste-free future.
The 25 participants of this year’s Autumn School are innovators – they have set up social enterprises which allow for smarter design, reuse and recycling of electronic and other products. They come from Burundi, DR Congo, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, and they are going to Accra / Ghana from 1st-5th November. Their aim is to support their concepts by exchanging ideas with young people from various backgrounds, as well as by benefiting from the support of experts specialized in both the field of waste treatment and the management of small and medium-sized enterprises and the search for investment funds.
They have been selected out of a total of 460 applications that had been registered via Engagement Global's online application platform. A committee comprised of representatives from Impact Hub Accra, Ghana Philanthropy Forum, Engagement Global, researchers and Autumn School alumni were called upon to choose from among the very promising and innovative projects those that proved to be better oriented towards sustainable and directly achievable solutions.