Where can we make a difference ?
INFORSE is increasingly focusing on how to make a difference as
a global network, i.e. what the network can achieve that would be difficult or
impossible to reach for the individual member organisation.
Since its founding in 1992, INFORSE has produced mainly
newsletters, website materials, coordinators' meetings, activities by the
regional coordinators, and participation in international events important to
the INFORSE agenda. These activities remain important in maintaining the network
as a forum for exchange of information, experiences and for joint policy
The international development within sustainable energy and also
within INFORSE (now with 170 member organisations in more than 60 countries)
calls for a focus on INFORSE's comparative advantage. These issues were
thoroughly discussed curing the last meeting among INFORSE co-ordinators in
Dakar, Senegal, in January of this year. The results are reflected in the
INFORSE Action Plan for 1998-99, presented in this issue of Sustainable Energy
In the coming years, INFORSE action at the global level will
policy development, mainly the process leading up to the 9th meeting of the UN
Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 9) in 2001, and including links to
the Desertification Convention and the Climate Convention.
· Global information, education
and awareness activities, including active use of internet and mass media.
· Developing south - south -
north cooperation, demonstrating innovative, alternative models for sustainable
Thus, INFORSE comes out of its 5th birthday as more
action-oriented. While the basic role as a network for communication and
exchange of experience is maintained, INFORSE will be increasingly visible in
global policy development and in demonstrating innovative models for
There is still a lot of work to do in creating equitable,
participatory, and environmentally sustainable energy development, both
nationally and internationally. INFORSE and the individual member organisations
are already in a position to make the necessary difference. This position will
be increasingly used in the coming years.