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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?
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

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