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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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Peter Vissers

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.


Partners for Innovation enters fourth year of audits in EU biofuels industry

The demand for biofuels has rapidly increased over the years. Regulations on fossil fuels have become stricter and companies take on opportunities for sustainable alternatives.

European biofuel companies typically produce renewable fuel from waste such as used cooking oil, animal fat and waste oils of vegetable oil refineries. Some also produce renewable fuel from commercially available vegetable oils.

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Since 2013 Control Union Certifications and Partners for Innovation work together to verify if European biofuel companies comply with the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

The RFS program is a US program aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide robust and achievable growth of the biofuels industry. The program is part of the US Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded under the US Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Companies that produce biofuel need 3-yearly updates of engineering reviews to be able to export their biofuels to the US.  Control Union’s inspection and certification services are globally recognised.


Peter Vissers

Thomas Dietz

Loek Verwijst (Control Union Certifications) 

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CUC website 

US EPA RFS website

Market study Captive Power in Nigeria (agrifood)

There are many opportunities for renewable energy solutions in the Nigerian agrifood sector. There is a lack of reliable electricity supply in Nigeria. For manufacturing industries to sustain production they use diesel and gas to produce electricity.

Estimates suggest that between 8 – 14 GW of decentralised diesel generator capacity is currently installed in the country. In addition there is a lot of potential for bio-energy applications due to the availability of abundant amounts of agricultural, forestry and food waste residues. The total technical potential is 2.300 PJ annually, with 600 PJ from agricultural crop residues.

More information can be found in a study carried out by Partners for Innovation for GIZ. The study is a result of extensive desk research and interviews with over 70 stakeholders and agrifood companies.

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