New Dynamics for Renewable Energies in Africa: IRENA and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership

VENRO With the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) resolved in Lisbon in 2007 and the founding of the International Agency for Renewable Energies (IRENA) early in 2009, new instruments have been created to promote Renewable Energies in Africa and to develop strategies for implementing them.

Any such strategy should, however, not be something tailored by Europeans for Africa, but designed together with Africa and its people. Neither must it only focus on providing energy security from Africa for Europe, but also on ensuring access to electricity for the people in Africa themselves, especially in the rural and more remote areas. Access to affordable, decentralised and sustainable energy supply is the key to poverty alleviation and rural development.

Unfortunately, to date, the involvement of NGO experts in these processes and their efforts in them have not reached the desirable level. VENRO, the umbrella organisation of about 120 development non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany, the German Forum Environment and Development and Church Development Service want to change this situation and get more civil society organisations from both Africa and Europe involved.

The symposium “IRENA and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership – New Dynamics for Renewable Energies in Africa” that took place in Berlin on Monday, 14th June 2010 was an important step in that direction. This documentation gives an overview of the debates and results and provides the reader with practical experiences and examples of Renewable Energy solutions in African countries. Studying them, it becomes clear that there is no future for fossil fuels. With renewable energies, we can end poverty now!

To open the symposium’s report please click here.

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