by Cornelia Sepp, Andre Seidel


Issue: 47

Journal section: General Article
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Received: 2010-08-12


This strategic planning conference, with all member states invited, marked the official start of the regional household energy project PREDAS (Programme Régional de Promotion des Energies Domestiques et Alternatives au Sahel). Activities had been instigated at the beginning of the year by the CILSS (Comité permanent Inter États de Lutte Contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel). Consequently high-rank officials from Burkina Faso ministries, and representatives from the CILSS from the donor countries, were present at the opening and closing sessions (Figure 1).

PREDAS is founded on the results of its predecessor; Energie Domestique Sahel (PED Sahel), which had been financed by Germany. It continues the latter’s broadly acknowledged participatory approach.

Unforseen cancellation of several flights posed initial problems, but nevertheless, 27 participants from eight of the nine member states of the CILSS (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Chad, Cape Verdi Islands, Gambia) attended. Delegates from GTZ and the European Commission paved the way for further PREDAS activities in the Sahel, and went home satisfied with what they had achieved.

Prior to the meeting, national delegates and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, in the household energy sector, had met In Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, to establish strategic plans for the programme, and to co-ordinate ways of working between regional and national level.

Currently the regional office in Ouagadougou comprises the PREDAS coordinator, Mr. Elhadj Mahamane Lawali, his collaborator Mr. Hamadi Konandji, and the office staff. PREDAS is designed to assist the CILSS member states in organising the sustainable provision and rational use of household energy by Sahelian communities, with special attention to avoiding negative impacts on the environment. The relations between the regional and national level are based on the principles of partnership, subsidiarity, and competition.

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