ILO ZGJP Newsletter - July 2016

2016 Semi-annual results demonstrate firm progress

Dear Partners,
Midway through the year, we are happy to announce that the 2016 Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP) semi-annual results reveal that the programme is well on track to meet its targets in the Zambian housing construction sector.

For example, as at 30th June 2016:

A total of 2,889 decent and green jobs had been created.

A total of 2,910 jobs had been upgraded with better working conditions such as increased income, written and signed employment contracts, social protection, access to health insurance schemes, occupational safety and health provisions, freedom of association, rights at work and social dialogue.

A total of 1,185 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises had accessed business development services enhancing their competitiveness and job creation potential.

Through combined communications efforts 14,328 persons had been directly reached with green business and advocacy messages leading to an increased public awareness about the link between green building, environmental sustainability and employment creation.

These results could not have been achieved without the ZGJP key stakeholders and implementation partners who make sure progress is moving on the ground. This will also be the main focus of the 2016 ZGJP Annual Impact report. For this reason we are embarking on “stories of significant change” photographic missions to selected project sites to put a human face to the results of the programme.

Once again we thank all our partners and stakeholders for an excellent first six months of the year and we look forward to the remaining ones.

With best wishes from,            
the Zambia Green Jobs Team          

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Congratulations Omba Lacey

We congratulate SIYGCB alumni Omba Lacey, owner of Katcey Construction and green  entrepreneur who was one of the 12 finalist of the prestigeous "Empretec Women in Business Awards" which was presented during the  World Investment Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, on 17–22 July 2016.
Next upcoming events:

ZGJP at the 90th Agricultural and Commercial Show
Come and find out more about the ongoing green policy review for the construction sector implemented through our partner Ministry of Local Government and Housing. You find the stand right opposite of the Zambeef stand.
27 July, - 1 August 2016, Showgrounds, Lusaka

Upcoming ZGJP Steering Committee Meeting
The next ZGJP Steering Committee Meeting is planned for 6-7 december.
More info will follow

Green Jobs at the launch of '14Trees’ initiative

The ZGJP attended in Zurich, Switzerland the launch of 14Trees, an initiative dedicated to address the growing demand for affordable housing for some of the nearly 3 billion people around the world living in earth-based houses. The ZGJP has been a partner in sustainable construction with LafargeHolcim Zambia and has built several demonstration units to promote the use of alternative technologies and employment and skills development of local contractors. It is through the success of such local partnerships that the decision by the LafargeHolcim Group was taken to look for ways to scale up such projects and joined forces with CDC Group plc, to set up the company 14Trees.
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Successful participation at the 2016 World Environment Day Expo

Office retail complex and Green Award winner Foxdale Court organised a World Environment Day Expo on June 3 and 4 at their premises in Lusaka. The event was hosted together with the UN, Zambia Green Jobs Programme, Lusaka City Council, Zambia Environmental Management Agency, Zambia breweries Manja Pamodzi project, EcoZambia, Jiivana, Kukula Capital, Ministry of Lands Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.

The WED expo is a celebration of the World Environment Day (WED) held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

First ever Zambia Social Protection Week

Held under the theme "Achieving Prosperity for All" the Social Protection Week drew a broad range of stakeholders to discuss the role of social protection in Zambia's development. It was hosted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security together with the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare and was held from May 16-20 at the New Government Complex in Lusaka. The event included a series of sessions designed to share information and engage stakeholders in policy debate on different social protection thematic areas in Zambia. It was attended by government, employers and workers organisations, social security institutions, civil society organisations and academia.

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2016 Zambia International Property (ZIP) Expo

On May 5th, as the Official Partner, the ZGJP was joined by second time sponsors First National Bank Zambia (FNB), Zambia Property Owners Association (ZAPOA) and Knight Frank in kicking off the 216 edition of the Zambia International Property (ZIP) Expo. This high-profile event took place from May 5th until 7th at the Mulungushi Conference Centre in Lusaka, organized by SmartHomes International, Jannou New York and R!evolution Media. 
The property expo was officially opened by the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe, MP, who recognised the participation of the ZGJP and Government of Finland in supporting the local real estate industry in a substantive and material manner. She further acknowledged the role of the expo in presenting the opportunities and advantages of investing in the Zambian property sector. Zip Expo Chairman Mr. Chris Jannou stated that albeit difficult economic times, the Zip Expo has managed to double interest and participants as compared to last years' event. Also present at the opening ceremony and representing 298 Chiefdoms through the Save Rural Africa Foundation, were H.R.H. Chief Chibesakunda XI and H.R.H. Chipepo who provided insight and commentary on the status of customary land.
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First Edition of the Green Materials and Services published

This first edition of the Green Materials and Services Directory aims to support the positive development of increased need and demand for consistent supply of building materials that are locally sourced and manufactured. It offers a complete listing of brief profiles of local businesses that offer services and materials to help you plan and execute your green building projects.

The categories of the directory are centred around four main pillars of component manufacture, building services, professional services and construction related services. In turn, classification has been on resource efficiency, energy efficiency, durability and localness as immediate benefits derive from the adoption thereof.

To download your own copy of the Directory, please go to: 2016 Suppliers of Green Services and Material Directory

Extending social protection to the informal economy

The social protection component of the ZGJP aims to strengthening a social protection floor for vulnerable workers and families in the construction sector. This report is a brief outlining the approach methodology, and results obtained in terms of improving access to social protection among MSMEs and informal workers in the construction sector. The interventions contributed to the overall programme objectives of enterprise development and creation of new and decent green jobs. To download the brief, click here.

ZGJP in the media: Construction key economic driver, says UNCTAD

UNITED Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has pledged support for local SMEs in the construction industry to drive the economy.

Speaking on the sidelines of the just-ended 2016 Property Expo, UNCTAD programme officer Lorenzo Tosini said SMEs in the construction industry fall short of capacity to deliver services and products at international standards required by large companies hence the need to provide them with skills.

"It is for this reason, that UNCTAD in collaboration with the Zambia Green Jobs Programme and financial assistance from Finland is working towards assisting the SMEs to acquire knowledge through skills upgrade.”

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A green homes revolution

"When we think of green buildings, we often picture towering office buildings with green walls and state-of-the-art technologies – such as the iconic Empire State Building retrofit or the EDGE office building in Amsterdam – with shiny LEED or BREEAM plaques at reception, boasting of their environmental credentials. But whether small, big, multi-unit, stand-alone, urban, rural, it is actually the humble green home which represents one of the greatest untapped opportunities to improve our lives.

Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council, explains how green building schemes are expanding around the world

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