The session will encourage the Europe-Africa dialogue in this field, with a spe-cial focus on the African context. The approach will seek mutual learning through discussion of common challenges and an exchange of best practic-es for the implementation of regional and local policies for innovation for sus-tainable development.
Questions for open discussion are:
- How can ground-based innovations for sustainable development con-tribute to close global material loops?
- What should be the role of sub-national administrations in this global challenge?
- What do Europe and Africa have to learn from each-other in terms of implementation of innovation policies for sustainable development at lower governance levels?
In a nutshell, our goal will be to identify operational ways to overcome exist-ing barriers for a successful implementation of sustainable innovation policies at sub-national levels and raise awareness on the hidden connections be-tween geographically-distant realities that actually condition successful im-plementation of policies for sustainable innovation.
- Slot 1: Regional policy initiatives for sustainable innovation: this slot will address multi-scale governance models based on “cascade policy designs”, in which top-down and bottom-up exchanges of information, resources, competences and legitimacy between governance levels are facilitated by ad-hoc policy frameworks. This issue will be exemplified by the Flanders Materials Program, to be presented by Mr Maarten Dubois, presenting his work at the Policy Research Center, one of the three pillars of the Programme.
- Slot 2: Designing and implementing local transitions: the focus will be on the key role that cities have to boost innovation for sustainable de-velopment though transition management. The slot will exemplify lead-ing examples by front-running cities and related policy-practice frameworks and instruments such as: (1) the Amsterdam Metropole Ar-ea Transition Programme, to be presented by Ms Marjolein A.J. Brasz, Business Connector Circular Economy at Amsterdam Economic Board, and; (2) the City of Cape Town, represented by Councillor Johannes Van der Merwe (tbc).
- Slot 3: Local procurement for sustainable innovation: over the last few years procurement has attracted growing interest among stakeholders as one effective demand-side policy instrument for sustainable innovation. The presentation by Ms Dolly Mafa, Sustainability Mechanisms Specialist from the Executive Mayor’s Office of the Municipality of Tshwane, member of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN), will shed light into the practical implications of sustainable procurement, with a focus on implementation challenges.
- Slot 4: The implementation challenge – when regulation is not enough: this slot will dig into the difficulties related to the implementation of policy transformations for sustainable development in Africa basing on the example of the Small-Scale Mining Laws in Ghana. The panel will be presented by Dr. Alex Osei-Kojo, from the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management University of Ghana.
- Slot 5: The role of cooperation: city and regional networks in support of innovation for sustainable development: one important resource to overcome barriers, share experiences and enhance mutual learning among and across public administrations are the international net-works of practitioners. Grace Stead, Special Projects and Partnerships Manager at the ICLEI Africa Secretariat will share ICLEI’s experience in supporting local governments for sustainable development.
- Slot 6: Implementing transitions – the small-business perspective: by drawing on the concrete practical experiences of small companies operating sustainable transformations at various levels, this slot will address the small business dimension of sustainable innovation. Mr Alex Lamille, cofounder of the African Circular Economy Network and Founder of Wizeimpact, Social Return & Circular Thinking, will reflect on the main barriers and obstacles for the introduction of new circular economy business models faced by small firms in Africa.
We envision a 3-hours session with 7 presentations circa (around 10-15 min each presentation, including questions). The session will be divided in two sub-sections, each of which will be closed with an open discussion (20 min circa).