Tag Archives: Africa

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.


Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference, Addis Ababa

On 7 April 2016, Emiel Hanekamp will give a presentation about: ‘synthesis of business models for alternative biomass cooking fuels’, at the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

The conference has three specific objectives:

  • To share knowledge on maximising the benefits of biodigesters (use of biogas and application of bioslurry), and other clean cooking solutions;
  • To offer opportunities to become involved in market development programmes as a policy maker, donor organisation or investor;
  • To improve implementation practice and speeding up market and sector development for biodigesters and other clean cooking solutions.

The conference includes one day of field visits to biodigester households, construction companies, bioslurry application sites, improved cook stoves producers and appliance producers. The conference will be conducted from Tuesday April 5 to Thursday April 7, 2016. It is open to all interested stakeholders.

More info:

  • Date: April 5-7, 2016
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Questions? Contact Emiel Hanekamp

Green energy technologies in Uganda

The growing trend of the tourist sector in Uganda increases the use of natural sources. The absence of a (reliable) connection to grid electricity forces lodges in Uganda to regulate their own energy supply. This has resulted in an extensive use of natural sources in the energy management of these lodges. It causes degradation of biodiversity, ecosystems and local cultural heritage which also negatively impacts the sector itself.

Sustainable solutions
Wouter Hoogland, intern at Partners for Innovation, therefore investigated the sustainable opportunities and solutions by means of the triple bottom line. An analysis of the energy system of four pilot lodges in Uganda is presented in the research study: Green energy technologies for a sustainable energy management of lodges in Uganda.

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Ecotourism in Northern Uganda

This October, Thomas Dietz visited Northern Uganda for a project on sustainable ecotourism. In this project Partners for Innovation investigates and develops green solutions for lodges and hotels together with  SNV. The project focuses on lodges and hotels located in and around the wildlife reserves. The goal of the project is to stimulate sustainable and inclusive growth for tourism in Uganda.


The conducted research has set the baseline for the energy-, waste-, and water streams at the lodges and hotels. Consequently, the baseline will be used to investigate green innovative solutions to enhance the sustainability of the abovementioned streams.

Cooking fuels in Uganda

After finalizing the research on ecotourism in Northern-Uganda, Thomas visited several companies that are active in producing sustainable cooking fuels from biomass (briquettes, pellets, ethanol). These contacts and information will be used for our project for the World Bank focused on the stimulation of alternative cooking fuels.


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Market, curse or blessing? (part 2)

Emiel Hanekamp shares his thoughts on the effects the market has on sustainability and environment in this column. Whereas he seemed  opposed to too much marketforce in his  April column, recent experiences in Africa have influenced him. In this column you will find a slight nuance to his previous statement.

Read Emiels column in Milieumagazine ( in Dutch) : Markt, een vloek of een zegen? (deel 2)

Week of Rural Entrepreneurship, Niger

Rural entrepreneurship has the potential to drive innovations that can reduce poverty, increase access to food and create employment. The Agri-ProFocus Network with help of Partners for Innovation SARL Niger is organising a week-long event to promote rural entrepreneurship in Niger.
This event will bring together actors from West-Africa who will discuss the recent proceedings of Entrepreneurial Agroforestry through various projects. There will be special sessions about Financing Rural Entrepreneurship as well as about Entrepreneurial Agroforestry in Niger.

More Information

Would you like to know more? Contact Rakiatou Gazibo or Frank van Schoubroeck

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New colleague : Adamou Salissou

We have strenghtened our team in West-Africa with a new advisor: Adamou Salissou, specialist Agroforestry.

Adamou Salissou previously worked as head division of Reforestation, Land and Landscape Management for the Ministry of Environment in Niger.  Before he worked at different International Organisations with a focus on Climate Change, Agroforestry and Economic Development.

Adamou has an engineering degree in Forestry Technology and specialised with masters in both Project Management and Climate Change and Sustainable Develoment (University of Niamey).

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Alternative cooking fuels in Sub-Saharan Africa

In August, Partners for Innovation started a study on cooking fuels for the World Bank Group.

The study focuses on four countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Madagascar. Objective of the study is to research, explore and validate scalable business models for alternative cooking fuels that can replace fuel wood and charcoal. Three types of cooking fuel are considered: briquettes, pellets and ethanol. The goal of the project is to provide the World Bank and its development partners with recommendations on how to support the governments of the four countries in promoting alternative cooking fuels.

The study titled ‘ a Global Survey of Scalable Business Models for Alternative Biomass Cooking fuels and their potential in Sub-Saharan Africa’ will take approximately six months.