INFORMED CONSENT

Introduction and Purpose 
The Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn) project is a four-year action from the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). The project aims at creating greater economic and employment opportunities for youth, women and returning migrants by promoting and supporting sustainable, green businesses in two selected regions in Ghana: Ashanti and Western.

GrEEn is implemented under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) for Africa. 

As part of your application to join the project, we are asking you to complete an application form. When you are selected to participate in the project, you will be requested to provide additional detailed information about you. This form is intended to seek your consent before any data is collected on you and your business. 
 
Voluntary Participation  
Your completion of the questionnaire is voluntary, and you may withdraw from the process for any reason, at any time without explanation. However, if you decide not to complete the questionnaire, your application will be cancelled, and you will not be considered for participation in the GrEEn Project. You can however reapply at a later date if you reconsider your decision not to participate in the survey.  
Your Application is not a guarantee that you will be selected. There is a process for selecting participants based on the eligibility criteria, individual interviews and a due diligence exercise. If you meet the eligibility criteria and are successful in the interview you will be invited to join the program. If you do not, you will be informed that you have not been successful.  
 
Assurance of Confidentiality/Anonymity 
I/you will read the questions on the application form. The information you provide will be entered in a secure database which is compliant with the Data Protection Act of Ghana (Act 843); it is also compliant with the European Union’s ‘General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679’. GrEEn will use digital data collection apps such as Google Forms, Akvo Flow and SurveyMonkey to collect data. Once the data is submitted, only authorised persons can access it to ensure that your personal (and business) information are safe.  

If you are selected to participate in the projectincubation/acceleration programme, we will collect more detailed information from you which will be entered into the same secure database. In addition, we will ask you to, on a quarterly basis, provide us with information on your business after you have finished completed your trainingthe incubation/acceleration programme so that we can understand how the training programme has benefited you. We may also contact you to ask you to participate in additional surveys, interviews or focus groups during the training and up to four years after your training has ended. 
The data we collect from you will be combined with those of other applicants, participants and non-participants. When the data is combined, it will be anonymised, and the information you provide cannot be directly linked to you. The information will only be used for reports and publications related to the Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn) Project. 

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* 1. I hereby indicate that I have read and understand the description provided. I have had an opportunity to ask questions and my questions have been answered. I hereby consent to participate in the application process, and subsequently participate in any future surveys. I consent to submit my data to the GrEEn project by completing and submitting application forms.

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