Current Projects

Entrepreneurship Training and Curricula Development for PAUWES

Client: PAUWES

Scope: Algeria

The Sustainability Institute is supporting the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) to establish an Entrepreneurship Hub, and develop and launch an entrepreneurship curriculum. The project was commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and entailed securing strategic partnerships, delivering training for PAUWES management and student entrepreneurship workshops, and contributing to curricula development. 

Dates: 2017 - present

SI Team: Phumlani Nkontwana and Angela Coetzee

Partners: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Food for Us: Developing a mobile phone application to reduce food losses and waste

Client: Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University

Scope: South Africa (greater Cape Town and rural Eastern Cape)

The SI is contributing specialist food systems research expertise to this consortium, funded through the 10YFP Trust Fund established by UNEP. The aim of the project is to develop and trial a mobile phone application in South Africa that contributes towards the alleviation of food insecurity and aids access to nutritious food in a country where significant food loss occurs on-farm. The research will add to the limited but growing body of knowledge on social learning, sustainable food systems and food loss and waste in South Africa. More information can be found on

Dates: 2017 - 2018

SI Team: Candice Kelly, Stefanie Swanepoel, Blake Robinson

Partners: PinPoint Sustainability, Feedback (UK), CSV, Carbon Calculated, United Nations’ Environment 10YFP Trust 

Promoting urban metabolism for resource efficient cities

Client: UNEP’s Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC)

Scope: Cities around the world

This is an ongoing collaboration with UNEP that started with a comprehensive review of the approaches to assessing urban metabolisms and green city indicator sets in 2013. This led to the development of a draft toolkit for urban practitioners in the developing world. In 2013 and 2014, this was further refined in collaboration with city representatives from Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa, and UNEP’s partner institutions. The most recent phase of work involved the development of a communications strategy, including an animated video for youtube explaining the concept of urban metabolism.

Dates: 2013 - present

SI Team: Blake Robinson, Josephine Musango, Paul Currie

Partners: IIED, ICLEI