SustainableEnergy actively influences all spheres of society to gradually adjust towards becoming fully sustainable where public involvement and initiatives are respected and democratic principles promoted.
The transformation towards societies based on renewable energy sources must be built around local democracy processes, deep rooted community ownership and a strong public participation.
Our points of departure when engaging with international development assistance are found within the environment and renewable energy sectors. Within these two sectors on-going climate changes and their impacts on already vulnerable communities and local authorities will form the back-drop of all programming and used as a leverage to work with local governance and democracy challenges.
SustainableEnergy is engaged in both rural and urban areas. Intervention in rural areas within for instance sustainable natural resource management cannot ignore increasing demands for fuel wood and charcoal from underprivileged populations in the cities. The continued fast growth of the urban population and following expanding environmental problems therefore indirectly impacts surrounding rural areas and livelihood opportunities there. In several of SustainableEnergy’s target areas placed in the proximity to urban centres rural farmland and its natural resources is under immense pressure.
Our programme engagement spans from a hands-on approach with rural natural resource management committees in Mozambique to influencing national policy implementation around the Climate Change agenda in East Africa.
We believe in facilitating local and national civil society collaborations. Programmes are carried out through civil society organisations reaching out to both the private sector actors and government institutions.
Latest programmes and projects
Start date: November 16, 2020
End date: May 16, 2021
Funded by: CISU, DERF
Budget: DKK 610,308
Nampula Integrated Rapid Response, NAIRARE
To respond to the growing humanitarian crisis in the northern region of Mozambique as a result of the escalation of the conflict in Cabo Delgado, where over 300,000 people are now displaced, SustainableEnergy and its local partner Livaningo, through this Integrated Rapid Response project aims to save lives and address protection needs through the restoration of livelihoods of resettled IDPs Households and improve cohesion between hosting and IDPs communities in Nampula, Meconta District. Agriculture in emergency activities will target a specific and well-defined group of 300 IDP households who have been reallocated to permanent accommodation centres and have a plot of land allocated to them. In contrast, social cohesion activities will target both the resettled group and the surrounding hosting communities. The intervention is coordinated with the relevant humanitarian aid sector clusters in Nampula Province.
Start date: July 1, 2020
End date: July 1, 2023
Funded by: Danmarksindsamlingen
Budget: DKK mill. 1,7
Displaced pastoralist children in Endo Marakwet County, East
Nomads and farmers in the western part of Kenya have for decades been in dispute with each other over land and cattle issues. During the past decades the conflict has intensified and today armed cattle raids are common. Frequently the results are displaced families with the children paying the highest price.
The many weapons in circulation after the war in Sudan and the protracted civil war in Somalia have contributed to the escalation of the conflict. Climate change has resulted in less rainfall and desertification and has further reduced the fodder available for the cattle. Increasing competition over land available for grazing has further aggravated the on-going conflict.
Refugee children must be secured schooling
To escape from a dangerous environment, whole families or the children alone flee their homesteads and seek down to more peaceful areas south where they temporarily live with relatives or acquaintances. Children are often not offered schooling in the new area and therefore, the project will work for the children to be re-enrolled into school.
Dialogue and conflict management
The project effort is focused in Elgeyo Marakwet County, where it addresses conflict mediation to prevent and counteract the unrest. The aim is to facilitate a continued constructive dialogue between the parties involved in the conflict. This include representatives of the various ethnic groups, authorities and police.
The project is expected to have a positive impact on approximately 4.000 children.
Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development, (VIRED) is the partner responsible for the implementation of the project.
Start date: January 1, 2020
End date: December 31, 2023
Funded by: CISU / Danida
Budget: DKK 34.9 Mill.
Decentralisation and Climate Change
The Programme is implemented in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania with the latter entering only in 2022. The programme engages with poverty alleviation at sub-national levels within the environment and natural resources sector. The thematic focus is a combination of addressing current national decentralisation challenges with experienced climate changes in rural areas.
Through the programme SustainableEnergy work with small to medium-sized Civil Society Organisations that already have a respected track record within their field of expertise and/or within their constituency and they are all engaged via consortium set-ups in each country.
Furthermore, in each country, the programme is organised around four identical thematic entry points, namely:
- Private sector
Each of the country components (Kenya and Mozambique so far) have their own presentation below and similarly a transversal communication component – the Programmatic Communication Platform – is separately described.