New greening qualifications and competencies in Africa

TVET can mitigate the climate crisis in Africa. Therefore, developing a skilled workforce to combat environmental degradation is a priority.

The Africa Environmental Education and Training Action Plan 2015-2024 notes that developing skills to facilitate Africa’s transition to a green economy can be a strong vehicle for poverty reduction and decent job creation, while fostering sustainable economic development and mitigating the risks associated with climate change. It can also unlock new employment opportunities that are emerging in and through the green economy and support green entrepreneurship as a means of tackling youth unemployment. (UNEP 2017)

Decarbonization-fuelled growth is expected to create a net 3.8 million new jobs in Africa over the next 30 years. While around two million jobs will likely be lost in the manufacturing and power sectors as consumers switch to greener alternatives, six million new jobs are likely to be created in emerging green businesses by 2050. (McKinsey 2021)


of the 10 countries deemed to be most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change are located in Africa.
(Germanwatch 2021)


of the world’s droughts occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, which has also experienced the world’s highest growth in the frequency of storms and floods.
(IMF 2020)

700 million

people in Africa are likely to be displaced as a result of climate-related disasters by 2030. The current population of Sub-Saharan Africa is 1.2 billion.
(WMO 2022)


is the expected increase in GDP per capita in Africa by 2050 if global warming is held to 1.5°C rather than 2°C.
(IPCC 2022)

Key facts



The BILT project is implemented by

International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

with support of

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

and sponsored by

Federal Ministry of Education and Reserve

UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre

for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1

53113 Bonn, Germany


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