The Great Green Wall is roughly 15 percent complete, with millions of trees planted and aspirations to "restore 100 million hectares (247 million acres) of currently degraded land, sequester 250 million tons of carbon, and create 10 million jobs in rural areas" by 2030, according to the Great Green Wall website. Another equally impressive outcome? The Pan-African comradery and leadership.
The initiative started out with 11 countries, but now has over 20, making it a truly Pan-African program. Each country created its own national action plan for implementation, which ensures each nation has ownership, instead of being told what to do by outsiders. This puts power and potential for progress back in the hands of those most affected. So far, "350,000 jobs have been created and more than $90 million generated in revenue across the Great Green Wall countries," Magero says.
But Magero notes that some countries have seen more success than others. …