WWF's Work on Sustainable Energy Access in Africa
In 2013, 1.4 billion people still live without electricity, and many more still rely on polluting or unsustainable energy sources like kerosene or firewood that damage their health and the environment their lives depend on. Ensuring access to sustainable energy for all is one of WWF’s priorities.
Recognising the role of local communities as driving force of a shift to modern, sustainable energy sources, WWF decided to engage with the Barefoot College, an Indian NGO with strong experience in community-based training. Since 2012 we work together to promote access to sustainable energy in developing countries.
WWF is also advocating the European Commission to support the development of sustainable energy solutions in developing countries and to increase its effort towards community-based approaches to energy access.
PARTNER ON ENERGY ACCESS
These ‘Barefoot solutions’ can be broadly categorized into the delivery of Solar Electrification, Clean Water, Education, Livelihood Development, and Activism. With a geographic focus on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Barefoot College believes strongly in Empowering Women as agents of sustainable change.
"Turning grandmothers into solar engineers"
Voahirana Randriambola, WWF's Madagascar Footprint Coordinator, talks about the joint project with Barefoot College.
Champion District Initiative
Job Mutyaba, Energy Manager at WWF Uganda, explains why The Champion District Initiative is a unique project.