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Manufacturing small wind turbines in Benin: is it feasible?

On November 30th and December 1st, over 40 stakeholders gathered in Cotonou to discuss the role small wind turbines can play in the electrification of Benin. Partners for Innovation presented its feasibility study and outlined an action plan for sector development.

The government of Benin is looking for ways to provide its population with the energy needed for socio-economic development. Especially in rural areas, electricity provides a clear pathway to expanded and sustainable energy access. Renewable energy technologies can play a key role in this. Small wind turbines are part of this renewable energy technology.

In a feasibility study, Partners for Innovation found that potentially more than 30.000, currently unelectrified, households can gain access to electricity generated by turbines in the range of 1 – 10 kW. In addition, we found that within a 5-7 year horizon, more than half of the economic value of the turbines can be created through local assembly, manufacturing and construction taking place in Benin itself. In the manufacturing and construction sector alone this would create 50 to 150 jobs annually.

These results, together with an outline for a small wind sector development roadmap, were presented to over 40 local stakeholders on November 30th and December 1st in the Beninese capital of Cotonou. The participants included ministry representatives, private sector representations, academia and a variety of NGO’s (including NGOs focused on youth and female empowerment). Through this session and the incorporation of feedback from the participants, it will become possible to formulate a clear and thought-through strategy.

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Mainstreaming gender in energy projects: training

Partners for Innovation and MDF offer a free of charge train-the-trainer course for organizations in ECOWAS countries involved in gender mainstreaming in energy projects. This three day course will be held in Accra, early 2018.  We are looking for NGOs or training institutes that have experience with gender and energy-related capacity building. The course, travel and accommodation will be paid for by UNIDO-ECREEE.

Find more details on the training here: ECOWAS Training announcement – incorporating gender-sensitivity in energy practices.

For more information on the project, please contact Stan van den Broek.


First prize won by Senegal youngsters on agroforesty entrepreneurship

On March the 28th  three young Senegalese entrepreneurs have been awarded a prize of 5,000e by the French Embassy in a   competition in which 72 projects were submitted. The three entrepreneurs participated in the  Senegal Youth Forum organized by the French Embassy in November 2016 and were under training by Partners for Innovation. 

Creating business opportunities

Saga Africa offers young African entrepreneurs, project leaders and operators in the informal sector the opportunity to submit project proposals aimed at  improving social economy and solidarity. Their goal is to “make the journey together and learn by sharing their mutual experiences, networking and creating business opportunities.” Submitted proposals are examined by a jury composed of investors and partners of the HUB during the HUB AFRICA Pitch.

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RECP Finance Catalyst

The RECP Finance Catalyst offers support & advice on project development, structuring and finance to renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Finance Catalyst links small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects to finance opportunities. The RECP Finance Catalyst is implemented by Partners for Innovation.

The RECP Finance Catalyst (Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme) is a multi-donor programme that supports the development of markets for renewable energy in Africa. It was launched by more than 35 African and European Ministers and Commissioners under the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP).


Project proposals can be submitted online through the RECP website. The advisory support is available to all proposals that meet a number of criteria. Only projects with a cumulative generation capacity between 0.5-50 MW or aggregated investments in the range of € 1-70 million are eligible (this can include distributed generation). Also, projects must be situated in Sub-Saharan Africa. The remaining criteria are found on the RECP website.

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Opportunities for sustainable growth in Ghana

The Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) aims to establish local  institutional capacity to support Ghanaian entrepreneurs and new  ventures  involved in developing profitable and locally-appropriate solutions to climate  change mitigation and adaptation.
One of the services that the GCIC will  provide is access to finance. With its partners MDF and Tjasker, we help the  GCIC to develop a pipeline of climate technology project opportunities for the  Ghana Climate Venture Facility (GCVF).
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Biogas in South Africa: a feasibility study

Partners for Innovation is conducting a feasibility study and design of a pilot biogas installation as part of a Waste  Water treatment plant for the Blue Karoo Trust Fish Farm in Graaff-Reinet,  South-Africa. This project is part of the USAID Low Emissions Development  program, managed by Chemonics International Inc.
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Market study renewable energy in Zimbabwe

For the Dutch enterprise agency RVO we are carrying out a market study Renewable Energy in Zimbabwe. Our  role is to identify Dutch  companies interested in doing business in Zimbabwe, review the  market study,  select the most appropriate (for Dutch companies) market segments
and  inform companies on the outcome of the market study.

Waste to Energy in Ogun State

Partners for Innovation is conducting a feasibility study for a Waste  to  Energy (W2E) project for Ogun State  government in Nigeria. In six months, the project team of 5 experts  will  perform a feasibility study and draft a conceptual design for a W2E project.  The project will use municipal waste, sort and process the waste into RDF pellets and converts these pellets into heat and electricity for  local off-takers.

Partners for Innovation member of the Climate Technology Centre & Network

Partners for Innovation has become a member of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The network brings together stakeholders engaged in a wide range of activities related to climate technologies.

Climate technology centre and network

The main goal of the network is to promote technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries. It provides “technology solutions, capacity building and advice on policy, legal and regulatory frameworks tailored to the needs of individual countries.”

The network can support your climate mitigation and adaptation ambitions and activities, by funding technical support. For questions how to get this support, please contact Emiel Hanekamp. 


Sadda Laouali

Senior Advisor Rural development PfI Niger

Sadda Laouali is senior consultant and  part-time expert for Partners for Innovation. His expert fields are Rural Business Development (specifically the Small Holder Farmers capacity building, including a focus on women challenges), Renewable Energy, Economic Development, Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship and Management (including M&E).

Agroforestry and Rural Business Development | Renewable Energy | Economic Development | Leadership & Management

Sadda coordinated many projects focused on Food security (Niger), Access for women to renewable energy solutions (Mali), Access for SHF to structured demand markets (Mali) and for pastoralists to ICT solutions (Mali & Burkina). Laouali worked for twenty years with SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation) in Niger and, as expat, in neighbouring countries as senior advisor and coordinator for many international programmes.

Diploma of Professional Studies (DTPS) in Management of the Environment at the Senghor International University of Alexandria, Egypt

Master Degree in Physical Geography at the Abdoul Moumouni Dioffo University of Niamey, Niger.