The ambition of GreenVETAfrica (GVA) is to contribute to the twin transitions (green and digital) as part of the ambitious environmental objectives of the European Green Deal and the Europe-Africa strategic partnership.

The Project

Project number
Type of project
Capacity building in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Time period
2023 - 2024

According to GreenVETAfrica's analysis in Nigeria and Ghana, public and private waste collectors are best placed to create employment opportunities for the low-skilled and uneducated (labourers). Recyclable materials, which are discarded indiscriminately on the streets, by households and in legal and illegal landfill sites, are mainly collected by the informal sector, which sells them to aggregators and pre-treatment companies.

The informal sector absorbs a large number of unemployed and unskilled young people. In order to support their transition to sustainable micro-small businesses, skills in waste management and micro-entrepreneurship are needed. This is why GVA's main objective is to develop capacity building for the project's VET provider partners, and design an innovative curriculum on green waste management and micro-enterprise that will be piloted with learners.


Waste management has emerged as the primary concern in Africa due to its impact on economic development, the environment, and human health. Indeed, one of the most visible catastrophic problems caused by our unbridled production and consumption is the increase in quantities of solid waste (SW), and this is having more of an impact on the African continent than on our own soil.

Moreover, the dual transition is the key to adopting a circular development model, transforming linear industrial value chains to minimise waste and pollution, making better use of the waste generated and guaranteeing environmental standards. This transition requires skilled professionals at all levels.

Project activities

GreenVETAfrica is organized around five work packages:

Manage and Coordinate GreenVETAfrica
WP1 will ensure efficient legal, contractual, financial and administrative management of the project. It will facilitate communication between partners, the project beneficiaries/stakeholders and the Commission.

Think the Green Waste Management skills and jobs of the future
WP2 will carry out in-depth research into the waste management sectors, listening to the hardships and hopes of entrepreneurs and managers on the ground, in order to assess the future of green jobs in Nigeria and Ghana and the possible implications for the West African region.

Design the green waste management VET programmes
WP3 will create the tools, programmes and the learning materials to build the capacity of the VETs providers in Nigeria and Ghana.

Piloting the green waste management VETs with Learners
WP4 will pilot the green waste management vocational training programme with the learners and evaluate the results and satisfaction of the learners. It will evaluate the content and methodology in order to refine the programme.

Think the Green Waste Management skills and jobs of the future
WP5 will ensure visibility and awareness of GreenVETAfrica’s objectives and results among relevant stakeholders in the EU and Africa. It will evaluate the impact of GreenVETAfrica’s activities and the VET programme developed, and promote the employability of learners by fostering linkages. Finally, it aims to promote the replicability and sustainability of the project.


Italy - Project Coordinator
Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA)
Pan Atlantic University
Whizzy Academy
Federazione CNOS-FAP
Presbyterian Relief Services and Development
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