SWITCH Africa Green

Geographical focus: 
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Energy in Tourism
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
The EU has designed and developed ‘SWITCH Africa Green’, a pilot initiative to foster green economy transformation in six African countries. The implementation of this project goes to the UN agencies and in particular to UNEP who has a mandate and expertise in the areas of green economy and Sustainable Consumption and Production.

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Geographic focus

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda.

Who can apply?

  • NGO's;
  • Universities;
  • Local traders’ associations and citizens’ groups;
  • Cooperatives;
  • Trade unions;
  • Consumer organizations; and
  • Teaching, cultural, research and scientific organizations.

Objectives and activities

Objective: The overall objective of SWITCH Africa Green is to support 6 countries in Africa to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production patterns, while generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty.


  • Support to private sector led inclusive green growth;
  • Tourism projects in:
    • Burkina Faso: promotion of eco-tourism, training for sustainable tourism and SCP practices;
    • Ghana: promotion of sustainable tourism; and
    • Mauritius: eco-labels for the tourism industry.

Type and level of funding

From January 2014 until December 2017: total cost of EUR 20.5 million.

Financial assistance is provided in the form of grants.