VENRO website. With the founding of the International Agency for Renewable Energies (IRENA) early in 2009 and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) resolved in Lisbon in 2007, new instruments have been created to promote Renewable Energies in Africa. There, access to affordable, decentralised and sustainable energy supply is key to poverty alleviation.
IRENA and AEEP differ regarding their role and their mandate. The Africa-EU Energy Partnership has opted chiefly for political dialogue, while IRENA focuses on imparting specialist know-how via policy consulting and the establishment of an experts’ network.
The Workshop “New Dynamics for Renewable Energies in Africa − IRENA and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership” intend to make a contribution to how both institutions can promote Africa’s sustainable energy supply, complementing each other. Also at the forefront is the issue of how civil society organisations from Africa and Europe can become more involved.