Accelerating Implementation of Regional Policies on Clean Energy in West Africa

ENDA Energie and SustainableEnergy [1] are currently managing an advocacy project in West Africa on clean energy. The aim of the project is to contribute to strengthen the implementation of regionally agreed policies in West Africa concerning pro-poor climate change mitigation through access to sustainable energy. The background is that a number of renewable and energy efficiency policies and strategies are agreed regionally by for instance the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), but national implementation is not progressing at the same pace.

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

The project is focusing on three dimensions. Firstly, the project will analyse national practices, and identify bottlenecks, gaps and best practices in the seven countries. Secondly, national civil society organizations, media and community-based organizations’ knowledge of and capacity to conduct advocacy for clean energy is 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 is financed by The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the CISU Fund for Climate and Environment.

[1] SustainableEnergy is a Danish member-based climate and environmental NGO that works with sustainable development and energy consultancy.

“In order to successfully implement this ACE-WA project, 7 baseline studies have been carried out. These studies are available here”