Barefoot College International (BCI), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that supports rural women in Senegal, has launched a new center in Toubab Dialaw in partnership with the Senegalese subsidiary of the UAE group DP World, to train women to install autonomous solar systems.
Despite a wide interest from the European private sector to invest in renewable energy, the volume of financial flows to Sub Saharan Africa remains negligible. Why is that?
Senegal has positioned itself as a leader in both West Africa and the MSGBC region with the construction of a number of highly innovative renewable energy projects that are supplying energy into the power grid.
Energy poverty is one of the single largest challenges preventing faster economic development throughout sub-Saharan Africa. In rural areas it is particularly crucial that women have adequate access to energy, given their crucial role leading families and the stewardship of the household´s economy.
The Government of Senegal has made energy sector development a key component of the Plan Sénégal Emergent, which aims to modernize the country´s economy and achieve a wide number of ambitious socio-economic development objectives, as well as ensuring greater gender equality
InfraCo Africa and Bonergie Irrigation have now signed new agreements to continue working with each other to further scale up access to solar-powered irrigation solutions in Senegal.
Improving the productivity of Senegalese rice farmers and processors through solar irrigation and rice processing technologies is a key objective of Energy 4 Impact and GIZ’s Water and Energy for Food Program (PEEPA).