LOOPLab Research Fellowship
The LOOPLab research fellowship is a Circular Lagos Innovation non-business challenge which focuses on youth in higher education (Universities and Polytechnics) as a fulcrum to drive circular economy awareness, knowledge and creativity towards practical challenges.
It is designed to combine business reality with tertiary education as the team works with industries to identify challenges they face and provide practical answers to them through the fellowship programme.
It is a 5-months hybrid fellowship program structured to be a competition among students from different tertiary institutions. Problems (challenge questions) from the circular economy sector are identified and given to students to research on and produce a paper. Students from different institutions make a team.
More than half of 420 million young people in Africa are unemployed or vulnerably employed (ADB 2019). This can be attributed to the lack of quality education, training and platforms that provides practical knowledge and employability skills. It is also estimated that the population of Sub-Sahara Africa of about 1 billion people will be doubled by 2050. As defined by poverty head count ratio at $1.90/day World Bank 2012, more than 40% of the population is attached to key challenges including waste management, land degradation, deforestation, air pollution and increased industrialization.
Programme Facilitation, Circular Talent Pipelines
CEIP in partnership with Circular Lagos and challenge owners designed a strategic circular economy program that equip youths with employability skills. The research fellowship incorporated the following implementation strategies:
The following are the significant outcomes and impact of the programme:
In their own words:
The LOOPLab research fellowship successfully empowered 9 fellows through the research work done on the challenges, peer networking sessions, careers week and taught sessions thereby contributing to their career development.
Talent development is key in a circular economy and there is no better time than now to contribute to the development of the youth population. Through the Circular Oasis Community we seek to create a talent network that engages universities, professionals, entrepreneurs, and other key stakeholders in developing this demography to create impact.