West Africa is involved in an advocacy project to improve
policies for renewable energy and energy efficiency. The
project will strengthen the implementation of regionally
agreed policies in West Africa for renewable energy and energy
efficiency. It will focus on how the strategies contribute
to 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 project will run from the start of 2016
until the end of 2018.
of the regional strategies shall 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 member countries. INFORSE is cooperating
with ENDA (INFORSE regional cordinator) 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).
2016, the project is analysing national practices and identifying
best practices in seven countries. Then 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, in particular in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal.
2017 and 2018, the project focuses on increasing national
and regional advocacy. This will be towards national decision-makers
and the regional ECOWAS institutions.
is supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through
the CISU Fund for Climate and Environment.
of the seven national analysis and the regional analysis
is expected in the beginning of 2017.