SustainableEnergy is a politically independent and membership-based organisation working in Denmark and internationally for a sustainable world.

SustainableEnergy is a politically independent and membership-based organisation working in Denmark and internationally for a sustainable world.

SustainableEnergy is a politically independent and membership-based organisation working in Denmark and internationally for a sustainable world.

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.

Increasingly the climate change agenda influences the work of SustainableEnergy combining it with energy and resource management. A fundamental principle of SustainableEnergy’s work for a sustainable society in Denmark as well as abroad is that this cannot be achieved by only applying a set of appropriate technological innovations. 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.

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.

 

Programmes

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.

Partners

We collaborate with more than 30 partners in 5 countries. Our partners are chosen to represent a wide variety of skills and networks.

Approach

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: 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, which has resulted in less rainfall and desertification, 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.


Project documents:


Displaced-pastoralist-children-in-Endo-Marakwet-County-East-Final.pdf
View of the project area


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:

  • Community
  • Advocacy
  • Consortium
  • 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.

 


Project documents:


Programme-doc-SE-final-2020-2023.pdf
3.1-ToC-programme-final.pdf


Start date: January 1, 2020
End date: December 31, 2023
Funded by: CISU / Danida
Budget: Included in the Decentralisation and Climate Change programme

Devolution and Climate Change Adaptation (DaCCA)

This component document builds upon lessons learned from the 4 years component: Devolution and Climate Change Adaptation (DaCCA) ending December 2019.

The aim of the component is:

Vulnerable populations in Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori counties at risk of natural hazards caused by climate change are increasingly supported by policies and components funded by devolution and climate change funds.

In this second phase of the DaCCA component the focus will change from partner driven community projects to best practice models for upscaling, replication and funding from County authorities.

The decentralization process in Kenya where counties are given better economic and governance opportunities has created an environment and practice where communities are given the option to be involved in the hearing process following the terms for drafting the County Integrated Development Plans and the Annual Development Plans. The component will provide communities with training and insights in the hearing process and support the compilation of Community Adaptation Action Plans to be presented for the county at Ward and County level.

Moreover, this second phase of the DaCCA component will follow the vertical flow of the climate finances from the national level to the target counties.

The DACcA programme has its own homepage driven by the consortium partners.


Project documents:


6.1-Kenya-Component-description-final-1.pdf
Farmers teach each other how to embrace the use of solar irrigation pumps and drip irrigation system as a strategy for adapting to climate change and improving their livelihoods.