MFC is facilitator of the follow-up to the EUEI Ouagadougou workshop for Mali & Niger

In order to respond to the unmet needs for energy services to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the European Union developed the EU Energy Initiative for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development (EUEI). The Initiative was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in September 2002. It demonstrates the commitment of EU Member States and The European Commission to supporting improved access to sustainable energy services for poverty alleviation in developing countries. Through the Initiative, the EU proposes to work with developing countries towards creating the necessary conditions in the energy sector to achieve their national economic, social and environmental objectives, and address poverty issues, in particular by maximising energy efficiency, including the more efficient use of fossil fuels and traditional biomass, and increasing the use of renewable energy.

Activities implemented under the Initiative are driven by the needs and priorities of the participating developing countries. The EC and EU Member States invite developing countries and other stakeholders to become part of the Initiative and to participate in the further development and implementation of partnerships at the national and regional level. By creating partnerships that focus on energy and poverty, the Initiative aims to:

MFC is facilitator for Mali and Niger. For Mali, a multi-sectoral energy committee has been put in place made up of 27 organisations (government ministries and departments, private sector, civil society)

This committee is creating a framework for reflection on integration of energy in the Strategic Framework for Poverty Reduction (poverty reduction strategy paper). Almost all countries initially ignored the importance of energy in poverty reduction, but now with raised awareness on the issues, that is being put right. It is now generally understood that without energy, poverty reduction will be extremely difficult.

The EUEI has also allowed identification of priority energy projects.