Christoph Jungfleisch (Managing Director and Co-Founder, YAPU Solutions)
This “nuts and bolts” discussion will seek to identify what kinds of financing and financial incentives are available for sustainable projects in Jamaica, and what the qualifications and necessary skills are for those seeking funding, whether entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations or community-based groups. The talk will also explore what kinds of projects appeal to funders – what are they looking for? It will hopefully provide examples of successfully funded projects that have met sustainability goals; and the factors behind their success. An example of “lessons learned” may also be useful. Accountability, record-keeping, proper communication with funders, and building trust are all critical factors. What are the “dos” and “don’ts” in applying for, administering and reporting on projects, and is greater capacity-building for organizations needed in these areas? The question of whether funders are looking for more innovative “green” project ideas could also be considered – and if so, what would such concepts look like?