Accelerating Implementation of Regional Policies on Clean Energy in West Africa

SustainableEnergy (a Danish member-based climate and environmental NGO that works with sustainable development and energy consultancy) is currently managing an advocacy project in West Africa on clean energy. The aim of the project is to strengthen the implementation of regionallyagreed policies in West Africa concerning pro-poor climate change mitigation through access to sustainable energy. The background is that a number of strategies have been agreed regionally by for instance the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), but national implementation lags behind.

The implementation will be strengthened by increasing knowledge and ownership of the policies amongst civil society actors, private sector actors, and decision-makers nationally and regionally in ECOWAS. SustainableEnergy is cooperating with the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) with partners in seven different West African countries: ENDA in Senegal, CEAS in Burkina Faso, MFC in Mali, JVE in Benin, OPED in Togo, AFHON in Côte d’Ivoire, and CODDAE in Niger.

The project is focusing on three dimensions. Firstly, the project will analyse national practices and identify best practices in the seven countries. Secondly, national civil society organisations’knowledge and capacity to conduct advocacy for clean energy will be improved, and national coalitions and cooperation on advocacy will be strengthened as well. The third dimension of the project focuses on increasing regional advocacy towards ECOWAS institutions and decision makers that address poverty reduction through access to sustainable energy.

The project runs from January 2016 to December 2018, and it is financed by The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the CISU Fund for Climate and Environment.

Project opening workshop in Dakar, 30 May - 2 June 2016 attended by all project partners and associate partners.