Joint Rural Electrification Workshops with UNEP and UNDP in Africa

 

When: 2006, 2007

Where: Kenya, Cameroon

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Key objectives

  • Identify the main challenges of rural electrification, based on a review of project experiences covering all stages of the project development cycle
  • Review best practices and determine effective approaches by which to address the challenges of rural electrification in the local context
  • Specify roles that stakeholders can play in ensuring that rural electrification projects are consistent with sustainability principles
  • Improve the ability of rural electrification project developers to develop project proposals that are eligible for funding and/or technical support
  • Improve the ability of rural electrification program stakeholders (energy ministries, rural agencies, etc.) to create the best institutional framework to support these programs

 

When: 2006, 2007

Where: Kenya, Cameroon

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Rural electrification has a great potential to alleviate poverty and spur economic development, yet poses unique challenges to project developers due to the remote location of projects in developing countries.

We worked together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a series of three workshops that would provide selected practitioners a process to facilitate and promote rural electrification in their countries, on in Asia and two in Africa. The first workshop took place in Bangkok, Thailand from February 23-25, 2005.

Building on the success of this first workshop, two additional ones were organized targeting the African continent.

We first developed a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya from March 1-3, 2006. The workshop was attended by participants from 13 countries from East African Community and Southern Africa Development Community, as well as Senegal. Together with representatives from international institutions the total number of participants was 50. The aim of this workshop was to enhance the capacity of local stakeholders to undertake rural electrification projects with special emphasis on renewable energy applications. As a workshop output a series of recommendations were identified and presented to participants at the World Bank's 'Energy Week', held in Washington DC in later that month.

We delivered the final workshop of the series in Yaoundé, Cameroon from April 18-20, 2007. The three-day workshop brought together 48 experts from rural electrification national agencies, national energy institutions, local and foreign private utilities, cooperatives and NGOs, development financial institutions, from 20 different countries. The workshop focused on rural electrification project development stages, from the identification stage to implementation and participants discussed how to better define a project with respect to sustainable development objectives, reduce transaction costs and obstacles impeding the development of the project, and speed up the transition between the identification and implementation phases of a project.

Participating members and partners

  • EDF
  • Hydro-Québec
  • Kansai Electric Power
  • RWE
  • ScottishPower
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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