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INforSE, East & Southern Africa Regional Workshop, Harare' September, 1995

By Timothy Ranja, FWD/AFREPREN, Nairobi, Kenya, INforSE - Eastern Africa Regional Coordinator,

The regional INforSE workshop was held after the Intemational Solar World Congress, Harare, Zimbabwe, on 19 September, 1995. It brought together six participants from East and Southern African regions, along with Ghana in Western Africa.

The objectives of the workshop were to review the INforSE activities in the region, to launch the regional study, and to discuss new, possible regional initiatives.

Launch of Regional Study

The outline of the new regional INforSE study was presented. It will deal with the socio-economic benefits of renewable energy technologies in East and Southern Africa. The objective of the study is to examine successful sustainable energy activities with particular reference to biomass energy technologies in selected East and Southern African countries and to assess their socio-economic impacts. The main emphasis will be on job creation and potential contribution to sustainable development. The study will also recommend policy options that promote sustainable biomass energy technologies in the region and outline guidelines for replication of proven dissemination strategies. This will be achieved by carrying out a number of case studies in selected countries and the results will be used as the basis for initiating one or two promising biomass energy technology field dissemination options.

To launch the study, a thematic paper entitled "Socio-Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy Technologies: Case Studies of the Kenya Ceramic Jiko (KCJ) and the Maendeleo Stove" was presented (available from FWD). The paper describes the status of renewable energy technologies in the region and uses the two case examples from Kenya to demonstrate the pertinent social and economic benefits. It concludes by highlighting the various lessons learned' from the success of these projects, which can be replicated in other parts of the region. The presentation was followed by discussions in which the participants reviewed experiences in their own countries.

Possible Regional Activities

Mr. Max Mapako of Ghana Solar Energy Society briefed the workshop on the World Solar Summit Process (see article by Masse Lo, page no. 3.) and the GEF-UNDP solar electrification project in Zimbabwe.

A proposal for a regional INforSE workplan was developed. It includes the following activities:

· Conducting a study on job creation
by introducing renewable energy technologies (RETs), e.g. wind pumps.
· Participation in the World Solar Sum
mit Process and in the Summit itself.
. Assessing the penetration level of selected RETs such as improved cookstoves. The results will be published in a study/policy document.
· Assessing key RETs' local production capabilities.