Mali-Folkecenter for Renewable Energy Opened
The Danish Folkecenter for Renewable Energy Opened its
Representation in Africa in June, 1999 in Mali.
Sustainable development around the world, particularly in
developing countries, is one of the priorities of the Danish Folkecenter, a
member of INFORSE. Within this framework, the Folkecenter was invited by the
President of Mali, Alpha Oumar Konare, to participate in the rural development
project for promotion of renewable energy and for sustainable management of
natural resources. As a result of the positive discussion with the President and
the high level Malian authorities during the visit, the President sent a request
to the Director of the Folkecenter, Preben Maegaard, to open their
representation in Mali.
The Energy Minister of Mali (right)
and the Director of the Danish Folkecenter met to discuss the new Folkecenter in
The activities of the Mali-Folkecenter are expected to
· Supply clean water
to people, animals, and irrigation by installing PV pumps.
· Provide electricity to clinics
in the rural areas for refrigeration of medicine for sterilisation, and for
light by installation of PV panels.
· Electrifying schools by
installing PV panels, so that adult people, particularly women, can go to school
in the evening. This will increase the literacy rate in these countries (today
in Mali it is less than 30%, about 15% for women). In this way, the standard of
living of the people in the rural areas will be improved.
· Training rural technicians in
renewable-energy technologies and in maintaining equipment in these areas.
· Implement various information
and training programs within the field of renewable energy and environmental
protection, aimed at the university and technical schools.
· Promote transfer of technology
initiating contact between small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) working in
renewable energy and Danish SMEs.
· Fight against desertification
by building stoves for healthy cooking (without smoke) and for wood saving that
will protect the forest and biodiversity. Introduction of household biogas
plants, enabling women to cook with the methane from biogas and to have compost
for their garden after anaerobic fermentation of the animal manure in the
· Elaboration of national energy
policies and programs.
Presently, the Mali-Folkecenter is financed by the Danish
Folkecenter. The Folkecenters are looking for funds to implement the projects
and plan to organise contacts to other development organisations and NGOs for
realisation of the projects.
For further information please contact:
- Mali Folkecenter: Ibrahim Togola,
+223-2006 17, fax: +223-200618,
- Denmark Folkecenter: Jane Kruse,
16, Sdr. Ydby,
DK-7760 Hurup, Thy, Denmark.
97956600, fax: +45 97956565,