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The International Network for Sustainable Energy is a network of more than 140 NGOs that are working for sustainable energy solutions to protect the environment and reduce poverty.


November 6-17, 2017, Bonn, Germany
November 9: Side Event with INFORSE-East Africa participation
Read more: INFORSE at COP23
INFORSE 1992-2017

INFORSE was formed in Rio at the NGO Global Forum parallel to the "Earth Summit" UNCED Conference 25 years ago on June 4, 1992.
We are celebrating this during the year with several events including
events at COP23 in November, 2017.

Article INFORSE established in 1992

Read article on the creation of the network in "Soft Energy Worldwide" in 1992.

The founding people and organisations were: Hans Bjerregaard and Gunnar Boye Olesen (OVE, Denmark), Adam Gula (PKE, Poland), Emilio Lebre la Rovera (IED, Brazil), Martin P. Beaulieu (REDES, Uruguay), Waldo Bustamente (Tekhne, Chile), Howard Geller (ACEEE, USA), Alden Meyer (UCS, USA);
Stephen Karekezi (FWD, Kenya), Youba Sokona (ENDA, Senegal), Raymond Myles (AFPRO, India), Benjamin Gertes (PCAT, Phillipines).
May 29 2017
INFORSE is DEEPLY CONCERNED on the latest development of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI)

Letter of Complaint over the EU Involvement of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative and the Validation of Projects without Due Screening
Read: INFORSE Coordinators' letter on May 29, 2017, 2 pages, pdf file.
PIPA ReportsPIPA POlicy Brief

May 12, 2017
Launch of Policy Brief at UNFCCC SBI46, Bonn, Germany

May 8, 2017
Launch of 4 Publications - PIPA Baseline Studies:
National: Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
Regional: East Africa

Download the Policy Brief and Publications from: PIPA Project

Inception meeting in February
April-May 2017
First Capacity Building Workshops in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda

Read more: PIPA Project
31 January- 3 February, 2017
Joint PIPA Inception Meeting

Place: Nairobi, Kenya

Read more: PIPA Project
New Project in East Africa:
Promoting the Implementation of the Paris Agreement in East Africa (PIPA)
In the Project, INFORSE is cooperating with TaTEDO in Tanzania, Suswatch Kenya, and Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) and SustainableEnergy in Denmark (project leader).

Read more: PIPA Project
New Project in West Africa:
Accelerating Implementation of Regional Policies on Clean Energy (ACE)
In the Project, INFORSE is cooperating with ENDA (INFORSE coordinator) in Senegal, CEAS in Burkina Faso, MFC in Mali, JVE in Benin, OPED in Togo, AFHON in Cote d’Ivoire, CODDAE in Niger, and SustainableEnergy in Denmark (project leader).

Read more: ACE Project
7-17 November, 2016
INFORSE at UNFCCC COP22, Morocco in the Blue Zone:

SIDE EVENT: November 11, 2016
Time: 16:45-18:15 Room: 6

EXHIBITION: November 7-18, 2016 (2 weeks)

Read more: INFORSE at COP22
20 May, 2016
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - SB 44
Time: 16:45 - 18:15, Room: Berlin

Title: South Asian Eco-Village Solutions in NDCs and Climate Finance: Renewable Energy, Organic Farming

See Program at INFORSE at UNFCCC SB 44.
Welcome Paris COP21 Agreement - Eiffel tour in Globe
December 12, 2015 - UNFCCC COP21 Agreement by 195 states is a reality !

"Welcome to a New World of "Paris" Climate Action"

.. Important step forward, even though it is NOT perfect.
by Gunnar Boye Olesen

Read evaluation of the Agreement: here.

December 2015 - Paris, France

NGOs from INFORSE-Africa participated at the Conference together with other INFORSE organisations.
Read more at: INFORSE-Arfica at the UN

December 3, 2015 - INFORSE Side Event at the UNFCCC Conference
Title: Fair Low/Zero Carbon & 100% RE Strategies, South & North Countries, Villages, incl Women Initiatives

December 8, 2015 -
INFORSE Side Event at the Climate Generations areas organised by the French Government
Title: Promoting Pro-Poor Low Carbon Development Pathways with Gender Focus

Read Proceedings of the side events: INFORSE at COP21


December 2015
Sustainable Energy News: Issue No. 77

Inside including:
• Climate COP21 - Can it Break the Deadlock?
• Low-Carbon Strategies in East & West Africa, and South Asia
Eco-Village Development in South Asia

- Light over Africa by Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

Download pdf version and contents.

November 2-3 and 5, 2015
Low-Carbon and Pro-Poor Strategies were discussed in Dakar, Senegal at ENDA-Energie and at ECOWAS Conference. From INFORSE Gunnar Boye Olesen also participated.
Read more on the Low-Carbon Development Project.
2014 - 2016:
Launch Project: Low Carbon Strategies - NGO Networks' Cooperation Project
in East & West Africa, South Asia and Latin America: Promoting Pro-Poor Low-Carbon Development Strategies
December 2014
Update Publication: "Combining Energy Access and Climate Protection"

- How energy can be provided sustainable, reducing emissions and increasing well being
Update: Two cases added from Nepal and Bangladesh.
Cases in Africa and in Asia. Compiled by the INFORSE members.
First launched at UNFCCC COP19 in Poland, 2013, and in June 2014 in Bonn.
Publication is one of the results of the "Southern Voices on Climate Change" Project.

Read: Brochure with Contents and Contacts (pdf, 4-page)
Download the full text as pdf from Publication.
Read more on the INFORSE-Africa involvement of the Southern Voices Project

30 October, 2014
Seminar: Southern Voices on Climate Change Program (2011-2014)
Learning from Southern Voices: How to make advocacy on climate change more effective.

Place: Copenhagen, Denmark.
Organizers: Consortium including CARE-Denmark (lead agency), Sustainable Energy Denmark (in cooperation with INFORSE), IBIS, DanChurchAid, CAN, and IIED.

Read more:
- Program: Seminar Program, October 30, 2014
- Publication: Climate Change Advocacy Toolkit
- INFORSE-Africa at Southern Voices on Climate Change in Africa.

4 June 2014 - Bonn, Germany
UN Climate Change COP Pre-Conference to COP19.
Launch of Publication: "Combining Energy Access and Climate Protection"

- How energy can be provided sustainable, reducing emissions and increasing well being
Cases in Africa and Asia. Compiled by the INFORSE members.
The Draft was Launched at UNFCCC COP19 in Poland, 2013.
Read: Leaflet with Front page and Contents. (pdf, 2-page)
Download Publication. The full text is available as pdf.
Southern Voices
April 28 - May 1, 2014 - Togo
Regional NGO Meeting and INFORSE-West Africa Regional Meeting in Togo.

Contact: INFORSE-West Africa c/o ENDA-Energy.

11-22 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland
INFORSE - Africa participates at UNFCCC COP 19

18 November, 2013, Time: 16.45-18.15

11-22 November 2013

Title: "New Solutions of Climate Mitigation in South & North; NGO Voices; Technology Mechanism"

Presentations from INFORSE-Africa:
- Mahamadou Diarra from Mali Folkecenter
- Djimingue Nanasta from ENDA/INFORSE West Africa Coordinator, Senegal
See Proceedings, Pictures at INFORSE-AIWC-HELIO Side Event.

INFORSE has Consultative status at the UNFCCC and ECOSOC.
Read on INFORSE-Africa's participation on previous UN Conferences

Southern Voices
19 November 2013 - Warsaw Poland
Side Event: Southern Advocacy and Campaign Experiences: Including the "Southern Voices on Climate Change" Program, where INFORSE Africa is active.
Read more on SV COP19 Side Event

7-9 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland
Pre-COP19 International Training Workshop: Advocacy & Campaign Strategies to Counter Climate Change.
Organised by the Southern Voices on Climate Change Project.
Read more on SV Pre-COP19 Workshop
INFORSE Publication Energy Access and Climate
18 November 2013
Launch of Publication (draft): "Combining Energy Access and Climate Protection"

- How energy can be provided with sustainable energy, reducing emissions and increasing well being"
Cases in Asia and Africa
Compiled by the INFORSE members.
Draft Launched at UNFCCC COP19.
Read Contents (1 page pdf)
Final Version is Online from June 2014.
Full pdf file, 4.8 MB, 78 pages, Gender in Sustainable Energy News 2001-2012

Reader: Gender Climate and Energy 2001-2012

Compilation of Articles on Gender in Sustainable Energy News

Read more and download the Publication: SEN Gender.
INFORSE Publication Energy Access
2012-13 Publication Energy Access Cases in Africa and Asia
Compiled by the INFORSE members
2013: News from INFORSE - West Africa:

- 4-18 June 2013: " Environmental Pact" by the Civil Society in Mali Launched in a Forum organised by the Ministry. It was drafted Mali-Folkecenter in collaboration with the Malian Civil Society Network on Climate Change since 2012.

- 17-21 April 2013: "Declaration of Conakry" from the Réseau Climat Développement Annual Meeting in Conakry, Guinea. 20 participants from 17 countries, including INFORSE members like ENDA and Mali Folkecenter.

- 6 February 2013: Workshop on Sustainable Biofuels in Mali organised by Mali Folkecenter.

- 20-21 February, 2013: Capacity building and Inception meeting of the project on Vulnerability Assessment and Integration of Climate Change into Local Development Plans of two districts in Dakar and Fatick in Senegal.
2013: News from INFORSE - East Africa:

- October 2013: INFORSE Regional Meeting in East Africa on NGO capacity building.
2012 - 2014
The "Southern Voices" on Climate Change Capacity Building Programme continues with Phase 2.
The capacity building of INFORSE-West Africa and East Africa is coordinated by VedvarendeEnergi - a Danish Member of the Program's Consortium and the INFORSE-West Africa Coordinator (ENDA) and INFORSE East Africa Coordinator (CDI).

November-December, 2012, Doha, Qatar
INFORSE-Africa participated at UNFCCC COP 18.

Title: Climate-proofing Affordable Energy Services: Local Experiences that Support Sustainable Development

Presentations from INFORSE-Africa:
- Djimingue Nanasta from ENDA/INFORSE West Africa Coordinator, Senegal
- Pierre Dembele from Mali Folkecenter
- Yaovi Joseph Kogbe, FOE Togo / HELIO International
See Proceedings, Pictures at INFORSE-HELIO Side Event.

INFORSE has Consultative status at the UNFCCC and ECOSOC.
Read on INFORSE-Africa's participation on previous UN Conferences

Southern Voices
21-23 November 2012, Doha Qatar
Pre-COP18 International Training Workshop:
Climate Change Advocacy

Organised by the Southern Voices on Climate Change Project
Read more on SV Pre-COP18 Workshop
June 2012 - Rio+20, Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). Read: INFORSE at Rio+20 (UNCSD)
21 May, 2012 - Bonn Germany
New report by the Southern Voices programme, involving
INFORSE, Climate Action Network, CLACC and other networks:
Report Reveals Key Role for Civil Society in Policymaking in a Changing Climate

Download the Report from the Project's web site:
Press Release: pdf file (21 kB)

Read more on INFORSE at the Southern Voices Project.
2011 - 2012: News from INFORSE - East Africa
- January 2012: INFORSE-East African NGO Meeting on Financing Renewable Energy, Kampala, Uganda.
- October 2011: East African NGOs Meeting on Energy
- 25 August 2011: INFORSE National NGO Meeting, Kampala, Uganda
2011 - 2012: News from INFORSE - West Africa
January 19, 2012: INFORSE-West Africa Meeting in Niamey
28 November - 9 December, 2011, Durban, South Africa
INFORSE participated as NGO observer at the UNFCCC COP17.
INFORSE participation included: Exhibition and a Side Event on Friday, December 2, 2011.
Several INFORSE Africa members participated (e.g. CDI, Uganda; ENDA, Senegal; Mali Folkecenter).
See more at INFORSE at COP17
Jan 2011 - June 2012
INFORSE Participates in the "Southern Voices" on Climate Change capacity building programme with focus on African and South Asian INFORSE regions and NGOs.
13-17 June, 2011
INFORSE participates as observer to the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations in Bonn, represented by Timothy Byakola, INFORSE East Africa.
29 November - 10 December, 2010
INFORSE participated as NGO observer at the UNFCCC COP16, Cancun, Mexico.
Among the INFORSE members the delegates were:
- Emil Bedi, INFORSE-Europe Coordinator /FAE, Slovakia
- Raymond Myles, INFORSE-South Asia Coordinator /INSEDA, India
- Secou Sarr, ENDA, INFORSE-Africa Coordinator
- Pierre Dembele, Mali Folkecenter / HELIO International
- GERES, France
From INFORSE Africa participated: ENDA (Senegal) and Mali Folkecenter. ENDA also participated with its own exhibition stall.

Read more at INFORSE-Europe's website.

3 December, 2010:
Launch of a new NGO project “Southern Voices Capacity Building Programme"
The 2011-2012 Project is coordinated by CARE Denmark and is funded by DANIDA. INFORSE-Africa is participating.
The involved INFORSE organisations among others: From Africa: ENDA, and the Mali Folkecenter. From Europe: The Danish Organisation for Sustainable Energy (VE), From Asia: INSEDA, India.

Top from left:
William Chadza, CEPA, Civil Society Network on Climate Change, Malawi; Boubakar Fall, CLACC fellow, ENDA, Senegal; Emmanuel Seck, CAN West Africa, ENDA, Senegal; Hannah Reid, IIED; Ange David Baime, JVE, Ivory Coast, member of WANET CSD; Sherpard Zvigadza, CLACC fellow, ZERO, Zimbabwe; Poul Erik Lauridsen, CARE Denmark; Pierre Dembele, WANET CSD, Mali Folkecenter, Mali; Maiga Mahamadou Farga, CLACC Fellow, Amade Pelcode, Mali; Mónica Lópes Baltodano, Suswatch, Nicaragua.

Bottom from left: Moussa Na Abou Mamouda, AfricaAdapt, ENDA, Senegal (previous CLACC Fellow); Sanjay Vashist, CAN South Asia; Charles Meschack, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group, member of Accra Caucus on REDD and Forests; Achala Chandani, CLACC Fellow Bangladesh, Caritas Bangladesh; Taukei Kitara, TuCAN, Tuvalu; Vivian Lanuza, Suswatch, Guatemala, Fundacion Solar; Raymond Myles, INFORSE South Asia, Inseda, India; Marstella Jack, CAN Micronesia; Maria Isabel Olazabal, Ibis Central America; Peter With, Coordinator, Southern Voices Capacity Building Programme; Mahima Njaidi, Mjumita Forest Network, Tanzania; Raja Jarrah, Care Tanzania – Accra Caucus; Betty, Mjumita Forest Network, Tanzania; Oumar Tankari, Care Niger; Maïmouna Konaré, FEMNET Mali, AWLAE; Elvin Nyakura, CLACC Fellow Kenya, ACTS.

Read more at the INFORSE at "Southern Voices on Climate Change" Project.

December 7-18, 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark
INFORSE participated as NGO observer at the UNFCCC COP15.
INFORSE also had an exhibition stall and a side event both at the Bella center and at the Klimaforum at the DGI-Byen Center.
From the INFORSE Africa Coordinators participated: ENDA (Senegal), Earthlife Africa (South Africa), CDI (Uganda). ENDA also participated with its own exhibition stall.

Read more on the INFORSE-Africa's participation at COP15:
- INFORSE at COP15 (overview)
- December 14, 2009, COP15 Side Event at the Bella Center, Proceedings and Pictures
- December 9, 2009, COP15 side Event at the Klimaforum09, Pictures and Proceedings

- INFORSE exhibitions at Klimaforum'09 and at the
Bella Center.

2009 April:

INFORSE-members Cooperation Project in Uganda.
JEEP, Nordic Folkecenter, Mali Folkecenter

2009 January:

Publication of INFORSE-East Africa Cooperation
Sustainable Energy Solutions in East Africa
CDI, TaTEDO, FoE Norway

December 15, 2008
INFORSE participated as NGO observer at the UNFCCC COP14, December 1-12, 2008.
INFORSE also had an exhibition stall and a side event.
From the INFORSE Africa Coordinators participated: ENDA (Senegal) and Earthlife Africa (South Africa). ENDA also participated with its own exhibition stall.
Read more on the INFORSE participation at the conference at COP14

July, 2008
- German Volunteers to Africa: If your organisation in Africa, would like to host a young volunteer from Germany, please read the German INFORSE member Artefact's call: Solivol.

July, 2008 - Play to electricity in Namibia. Article in Sustainable Energy News (SEN). See at p.9 in SEN # 61.

INFORSE-Africa participated at the UN CSD 15, 2007 and CSD 14 2006. See more at UN CSD. in
Renewables 2004 Conference in Bonn
INFORSE-Africa participated in the the International Renewable Energy Conference in Bonn, June 2004.
You can find news about INFORSE - Africa in Sustainable Energy News as well as news about NGO activities and international processes for sustainable energy.
Gender Theme in Sustainable Energy News!
Link to the articles on Gender. Inputs are welcome to Judit Szoleczky Email:

Read about INFORSE's Global Vision 2050 project and find tools for renewable energy planning.

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Created: March 2005. Last updated: May 2017