Communities for Change (C4C) is an 7 week  innovative programme designed by the Prescensing Institute to challenge the way leaders and citizens think and present a new theoretical  approach to addressing social problems. The Communities for Change program offers citizens the opportunity to go through the Theory U course which helps to reflect on self, challenges facing society and how a collective approach can bring about social change. Impact Hub Harare has chosen to use this approach to tackle the challenge of affordable, sustainable energy in Zimbabwe.

WHY IS THE ISSUE OF AFFORDABLE, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY IMPORTANT IN ZIMABAWE?

Zimbabwe has some of the greatest natural resources which are either being under-utilized or and have not yet been experienced to the fullest potential therefore leading to an insufficient sourcing of electricity, poor management of waste and unclean cities.

The need to promote and invest in Green Energy in an emerging discourse in Zimbabwe and even globally. As recognized in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) globally there is a need to focus on “greenhouse gas emission, mitigation, adaption and finance and a drive towards sustainable energy”. Promoting Green Energy not only has environmentally positive effect, it promotes the increase in job creation and growing economic benefits to a country as well as for investors. Increasingly, countries such as Zimbabwe have recognized the need to divert from climate and environmentally damaging sources of energy such as coal and wood to more sustainable affordable clean sources. Zimbabwe relies heavily on hydroelectric power which is not sufficient enough considering the increasing demand. In rural areas about 80- 90 % of people depend on wood fuel and kerosene for cooking and lighting. Coal has also been one of the main sources of power; the increased use of such sources is damaging to the climate and health of those in the community in which it is mined.

OBJECTIVES OF COMMUNITIES FOR CHANGE PROJECT
  • To formulate and prototype solutions to providing affordable cleaner energy and environmental sustainability.
  • Raise awareness of the SDG’s particularly Goal 7: Affordable and Energy & Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities.
  • To promote efficient waste management and recycling systems.
  • Empowering citizens to be proactive in promoting a greener and cleaner communities.
  • To bring about impact in society that is ideally long term following the U-lab process