How we work

Living Earth promotes the development of entrepreneurs and small and micro enterprises in urban centres across Africa.

We support the following key areas of activity:

Urban Enterprise Development programme:
The African Urban Enterprise Development programme (AUEDP) is a tailor-made learning programme for entrepreneurs and managers of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) living and working in urban slum areas of Uganda, Nigeria and Cameroon, developed by Living Earth Foundation and accredited by Open College Network. The AUEDP imparts financial literacy and management skills to entrepreneurs drawn largely from the informal sector with varying levels of formal education, helping them to plan, run and finance their businesses more effectively.

Functional skills training:
Technical training workshops and post-training support in areas such as briquette making, composting, plastic weaving, plastics collection and sorting, and production of paving tiles from waste plastics.

Business advice:
Project partners provide business advice to micro enterprises involved in waste management and broker partnerships between these micro enterprises and appropriate government support services and private sector institutions.

Local government training programme:
The Enhanced Practice in African Local Government (EPALG), is a tailor-made learning programme aimed at Local Government officers in Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda and Sierra Leone, developed by Living Earth Foundation. The course has been accredited by the Open College Network.  The course is designed to increase the capacity of Local Government Officers to demonstrate best practice in establishing public private partnerships with micro enterprises working in the field of waste management.

Facilitation of micro-level Public Private Partnerships:
The project aims to establish a minimum of 18 public private partnerships between local government and micro enterprises working in the field of waste management.

South-South exchange and learning:
The project promotes learning and exchange across Africa. In addition to the original partners from Cameroon, Nigeria and Uganda; the project has recently welcomed partners from Sierra Leone to the growing Waste to Wealth network.