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EEP Project of the year 2016 winner announcement

Photo: iSmart Kenya

Photo: iSmart Kenya

During the recent Knowledge Exchange Forum, the Energy & Environment Partnership programme (EEP) selected the winner for the ”EEP project of the year award”.

All ongoing or completed EEF funded projects were eligible to submit a nomination for this award. In total 16 applications were received for the award, of which three were shortlisted.

All three shortlisted projects were asked to present their project and nomination at the Knowledge Exchange Forum that took place on the 20th of September in Nairobi. The three shortlisted projects were Burn manufacturers (producing clean Jikokoa stoves), iSmart (selling cook stoves in peri urabn and rural areas of Kenya) and Redavia (Rental Solar Power for Food Processing in Tanzania).

All three projects provided excellent presentations on their EEP supported activities and with that the job of the selection committee became quite difficult. Eventually,

The EEP project of the Year title was awarded to the iSmart Kenya.

EEP Project director Wim Jonker-Klunne and Claire Baker from iSmart Kenya receiving the Project of the Year award

EEP Project director Wim Jonker-Klunne and Claire Baker from iSmart Kenya receiving the Project of the Year award

iSmart has been implementing an EEP funded project that supports the sales of improved cookstoves in peri urban and rural areas of Kenya. The project completed its EEP supported activities ahead of schedule and exceeded its targets, providing training and employment for 233 women and youth, and completing sales of 5,273 cookstoves. iSmart focuses on employment of disadvantaged women and youth, and through sales of clean cookstoves that not only positively affect the lives of both the customers and the sales agents economically but also bring health and environmental benefits. The project has created a clear development impact and has proven a successful business model in a challenging environment.

Congratulations to the iSmart team for this excellent performance and for winning the EEP Project of the Year Award. Next to the recognition that comes with winner the award, the project will be offered a speaking slot at the African Utility Week in Cape Town in May 2017 with the EEP programme proving travel and accommodation for one representative of iSmart to travel to Cape Town for this.

The EEP wants to thank all projects that entered the Project of the Year completion for their time and efforts in doing so. We specifically thank the three shortlisted projects to present their nomination at short notice at our KEF.

Read more about iSmart here>>

EEP project of the year / Eco-Fuel Africa

ECO-FUEL AFRICA WINS THE TITLE OF EEP PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2015

 

The Ugandan based Social Enterprise Eco-Fuel Africa won the prestigious title “Project of the Year 2015” at the annual Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) arranged by the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA).

 

Sanga Moses, the Energy Innovator and CEO of Eco-fuel Africa, told the audience how he came about to fight the energy problem in Uganda. “On a day that I made a journey to meet my mother I met kid sister carrying wood and as she saw me she started crying. First I thought she was happy to see me but then I found out the she cried because she was tired to miss school at least twice a week to carry wood instead of attending school”. Seeing his younger sister crying and on the verge of losing the only opportunity she had to improve her life, inspired Sanga to think about an alternative source of fuel. To solve this problem Sanga quit his office job and with savings of just 500 USD he came up with an idea that he hopes that will fix part of the energy crises in Uganda.

 

He started Eco-fuel Africa, a Social Enterprise that works with the local communities in Uganda to convert locally sourced farm and municipal waste into clean cooking fuel briquettes that averts the use of wood-based fuels that depletes the forest. The users of the briquettes benefit from a product that burns longer, burns cleaner and is substantially cheaper than the charcoal that is regularly used.

 

Up till now Eco-Fuel Africa has created over 5,800 jobs for the people at the base of the pyramid by creating income sources for over 3,000 farmers and over 2,000 micro-retailers. The business model of Eco-Fuel Africa is simple. Farmers burn their farm waste, like coffee husk, sugarcane waste and corn waste, in basic kilns made out of used oil drums to create a char that can be turned into briquettes. These briquettes are then distributed by a network of micro-retailers that are exclusively single mothers as Sanga initial motivation for the business was to enable kids of single parents to enrol and stay in school. The strength of the business idea behind Eco-fuel Africa is that it brings an added social value to the local community by its decentralised approach that keeps the profits among local farmers, briquette producers, retailers and consumers.

 

Thanks to the funds received by EEP, Eco-Fuel Africa has been able to drastically scale up and fast track its business and today they reach over 56,000 households on a daily basis, provides 5,800 jobs for people at the base of the pyramid and has enabled 20,000 kids to enrol and stay in school. But as Sanga points out, Eco-Fuel Africa is just in an early phase on its “mission to solve the energy crises in Uganda”.

 

As EEP “Project of the Year 2015” Eco-Fuel Africa won the opportunity to present this extraordinary project at the African Utility Week conference in Cape Town from 17 – 19 May 2016.

 

Learn more about Eco-fuel Africa: http://ecofuelafrica.co.ug/

Learn more about the EEP S&EA: http://eepafrica.org/

Learn more about the African Utility Week conference: http://www.african-utility-week.com/

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Invitation – Knowledge Exchange Forum 2015

EEP KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE FORUM 2015

The EEP S&EA will be hosting its second Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on 3 December 2015 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

As a Programme Director of EEP I would like to encourage all our project developers to seriously consider to attend our forthcoming Knowledge Exchange Forum. The KEF has been set up with you in mind. The main focus will be on exchanging experiences and knowledge, but also to come in contact with other EEP projects and the EEP team.

We are very pleased to have the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) joining us at the KEF to present their Sustainable Energy Marketplace for RE/EE projects. This tool can be very beneficial to EEP projects that are looking to upscale after the current EEP support. IRENA will send the virtual market place project manager to present the market place and, in a dedicated working session, to work with you as project developers in showcasing this tool.

At the KEF we will be focusing on your experiences in a number of “round tables” in which you can share your experiences, and learn from others, around a number of topics. In the programme you will find a preliminary list of round table topics. But we are very open to suggestions for additional topics from your side as well.

And last, but certainly not least, during the event we will announce the winner of the EEP Project of Year award. Just to remind you: the award is not only a recognition of the excellent work of your project, but we also have secured a speaking slot at the leading Africa Utility Week / Clean Power Africa conference in Cape Town to present your project! EEP will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and conference fees for a representative of the winning project to go to Cape Town for this mid-May!

To conclude, I sincerely hope you will be able to join us in Dar es Salaam for our East Africa Knowledge Exchange Forum and I am looking forward to meet you there!

 

Kind regards,

Wim Jonker Klunne

EEP Programme Director

 

Click here to view the agenda and register>>

Or follow this link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FMHGZDZ  (If the link does not work, you can email your registration to fred.eklund@kpmg.fi). Participation to the event is free of charge but a registration is compulsory.


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Photos: EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum 2014  ©EEP Coordination Office

Competition

EEP PROJECT OF THE  YEAR 2015

The EEP S&EA will be hosting its second Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on the 3rd of December 2015 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. During the KEF, we will also announce the winner of the EEP Project of Year (2015) competition.

We warmly encourage every EEP funded  project to apply for the nomination. All project developers, including the completed projects, are welcome to apply.

Instructions on how to apply: EEP_Project Of The Year 2015

Send your application by 26 Nov 2015!

 

 

 Check out our last year’s (2014) winner  – Devergy>>