Road to COP26 will explore innovation through the craft sector, supporting Nepal-based businesses to develop new and exciting ideas for sustainability that harness nature-based processes, craft-related practices and entrepreneurship.
The Programme is open to individuals or teams with new, existing or adaptive ideas that will deliver social and environmental outcomes in addition to economic ones, strengthening Nepal’s response and resilience to global challenges such as climate change and promoting positive environmental impacts.
- An incubator event for 50 selected participants to develop their ideas, co-delivered by Creative Informatics, Applied Arts Scotland, and staff from Kathmandu University’s Schools of Arts and Engineering (March 2021)
- Grants and tailored mentoring for five incubator participants to take their ideas from concept to reality, whether prototype object, service and/or process (April-September 2021)
- A showcase of supported projects to industry and climate change stakeholders in Nepal (October 2021) and Scotland (November 2021), in the lead up to and during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1-12 November 2021.
More information on the programme and how to apply is available on Kathmandu University’s website.
Creative Informatics Research Fellow Dr Inge Panneels said:
“I am excited to be working on Road to COP26, which will focus on nature based solutions, supporting inter-generational learning and women entrepreneurs as part of the Innovation Programme. This will potentially contrast with data and technology driven case studies emerging from Creative Informatics, where individuals and teams are also working on innovative products and services which help shift creative businesses towards an economy based on a Quadruple Bottom Line concerned with profit, people, plant and purpose. I hope that this project will put us on the road to COP26 and a carbon neutral economy as embodied in the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.”
The Innovation Grant Programme is part of the Road to COP26 campaign of activities implemented by the British Council with support from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Nepal, which aims to strengthen capacities and amplify voices of those most impacted so that they can engage national and international stakeholders of climate change response in the lead up to COP26.