East African Civil Society for Sustainable Energy & Climate Action (EASE – CA)

EASE-CA project

Folkecenter is proud to announce the launch of a new project in East Africa. The project, named East African Civil Society for Sustainable Energy & Climate Action (EASE & CA) will run up to 2022 and it is carried out in collaboration with INFORSE, INFORSE East Africa, Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization (TaTEDO), Sustainable Environmental Development Watch (SusWatch), Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) and JEEP Folkecenter Uganda. The countries involved are Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Denmark and the aim of the project is to empower poor, rural communities to get access to clean energy and improved livelihoods in an economic and climate friendly way. The project actions will be on a local, regional, national and international level. You can follow the project updates on this page.

The project is supported by CISU – Civil Society in Development, Denmark

CISU

Partners

Organization

Country

Contacts

JEEP Folkecenter

Uganda

att. Prossie Nabiyonga, Ruth Kiwanuka
Address: P.o.Box 4264, Kampala, Uganda

: +256 414 578 316 or
+256 772 468 662
: www.jeepfolkecenter.org

Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development

Uganda

att. Richard Kimbowa
Address: P.O. Box 27551, Kampala, Uganda

: +256 414 269 461
: www.ugandacoalition.or.ug

SusWatch - Sustainable Environmnental Development Watch

Kenya

att. Wendy Mitoko, Justus M. Munyoki, Frank Msafiri
Address: PO Box 7659-40100, Kisumu, Kenya

: +254 202 584 757
: www.suswatchkenya.org

TaTEDO - Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization

Tanzania

Att. Mary Swai, Jensen, Jensen Shuma, Estomih N. Sawe
Address: PO box 32794, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

: +255 738 201 498
: www.tatedo.or.tz

INFORSE

Denmark

c/o INFORSE Europe
att. Gunnar Boye Olesen, Judit Szoleczky
Address: Klosterport 4F 1s., Aarhus 8000, Denmark

: +45 862 270 00
: www.inforse.org

Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

Denmark

Project coordinator
Att. Nicolaj Stenkjær, Lene Høgh, Jane Kruse, Daniele Pagani
Address: Kammersgaardsvej 16, Sdr. Ydby, 7760 Hurup Thy (Denmark)

: +45 9795 6600
: www.folkecenter.net

  • After ending EASE-CA: The work continues

    After the project ended in June, people have continued wit conservation activities.

    NAKASONGOLA DISTRICT

    Many people have continued with stove construction. There are 16 stoves recently done already in use. In Kakoge parish, 23 stoves are planned to be made by community trainers and this will continue to other parishes. In short, the rate is high.

    NAKASEKE DISTRICT;

    During the project time, many people had made stoves and were in use. The challenge was repairing them. Currently almost all do repair stoves and continue using. They now believe the stoves are saving a lot on fuel, time and money. In Kasambya Parish, Namubiru Deborah, Godfrey Mukisa and Robina have continued making stoves for cash. They are very happy and will continue earning from stoves business.

    A good nursery known as Friends for Nature is booming. Species such as; mangoes, eucalyptus, chogam and coffee are on market so the demand increases steadily.

    Schools in Nakaseke such as; Kasagga Church of Uganda Primary School is saving good money and has planned to renovate the dormitory when the pupils break for holidays. The Head Teacher says, they could not afford this if they were to depend on the tuition fees, so using much less firewood enabled them save enough to do the renovation. This is a very good example for his fellow Head Teachers to learn from and he will encourage more to get an energy saving institutional stove.

    Making efficient cook stoves

  • Seminar in Denmark: Transfer Knowledge and Create Change

    On June 3rd, the partnership join once more together in Denmark, at Nordic Folkecenter, where they participated to the seminar “Transfer Knowledge and Create Change”. The program of the event can be found here: English | Dansk

    The proceedings of the seminar can be found on folkecenterevents.net.

    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    The audience listens carefully to the information provided during the seminar
    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    Touching technology with your hands is a way to understand it better
    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    Parallel workshops were integrating part of the seminar – because practical learning is always better!
    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    Tonny Brink, our CTO (right) explains how do electric car work
    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    Jane Kuse, our director (left) explains how to cook with the Sun Generator
    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    Lene Høgh (right, in blue), project coordinator, explains how to grow a garden in a bag
    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    Group picture
    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    Group picture with INFORSE (our partners)
    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    Excursion to the Danish Test and Resource Centre for Small Wind Turbines, in Hundborg
    Seminar transfer knowledge and create change - Folkecenter
    Excursion to the Danish National Test Center for Large Wind Turbines, in Østerild

  • Finally: Project Meeting in Tanzania

    Between the 19th and the 24th of March 2022, after two years of online collaborations, the partners could finally meet physically in Tanzania.

    During the meeting, besides discussions related to the project, new possibilities for future collaborations were also explored.

    Project meeting - EASE CA
    Project meeting
    Local women keeping the pottery in perfect balance - EASECA
    Local women keeping the pottery in perfect balance
    Ovens for charcoal production - EASECA
    Ovens for charcoal production
    Charcoal production - EASECA
    Charcoal production
    Exhibition of electric pressure cookers - EASECA
    Exhibition of electric pressure cookers
    Museum of traditional houses - EASECA
    Museum of traditional houses

  • Submission of the First Input Phase of the Global Stocktake (SB56)

    The partnership submitted the first input for the participation to the SB56 conference from the UN, which will take place in June 2022. The input, which focuses on energy efficiency and sustainable cooking, can be found here.


  • Local Solution Catalogue Available also in Paper Format!

    We are please to inform you that the printed format of the Catalogue for Local Solutions is now available. The catalogue, which consists of 140 pages, has been printed in 400 copies, which will be distributed to the relevant stakeholders.

    You can find the printed version here.

    The catalogue will keep on being updated with new cases. The latest update can always be found on the dedicated page (localsolutions.inforse.org).

    Local Sustainable Solutions - East Africa

  • Webinar: Climate COP26 Outcome & the Way to COP27 in Egypt, Africa

    On November 25th, 2021, our partners from INFORSE East-Africa organized a webinar titled “Climate COP26 Outcome & the Way to COP27 in Egypt, Africa“.

    The event consisted of:

    • Welcome by Richard Kimbowa, chair of INFORSE-EA, UCSD, Uganda
    • Presentation of the Climate COP26 Outcome, Decisions by Gunnar B. Olesen, INFORSE Secr. (pdf) and by Nobert Nyandire, SusWatch Kenya (pdf)
    • What Difference it Made that Civil Society, INFORSE participated? by Mary Swai, TaTEDO, Tanzania / INFORSE-East Africa. (pdf)
    • The Way Forward to COP27, Focus on Africa by Sixbert Mwanga, CAN-Tanzania /CAN-Africa
    • Q & A, Discussion
    Inforse COP26 Outcome event

  • Outcome of INFORSE – EAST Africa in COP26

    Our partners from INFORSE -EAST Africa have published their outcome of COP26. The document can be found here.

    Inforse-East africa EASECA

  • Side Event at COP26

    The partnership organized a side event at COP26. The event, titled “Local Climate Solutions & Eco-Village Development, 100% RE in NDCs, East Africa, South Asia, Europe” took place on November 5th, 2021.

    The topics covered during the event were:

    • Policy proposals for local solutions in NDCs & Global Stocktake
    • Launch catalogues of climate solutions in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda)
    • Eco-village development in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka), for energy access & gender equality,
    • 100 % renewables: Europe, Kenya, Uganda.

    Video and proceedings can be found here.

    CO26 - EASE CA

  • EASE-CA on Sustainable Energy News

    The new edition of the Sustainable Energy News features also some articles on the EASE-CA project. The material can be accessed here.

    Sustainable energy news

  • INFORSE East Africa Position to COP26

    The INFORSE East Africa’s Position to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP26), in Glasgow, UK in November 2021 is now available and can be found here.

    Position paper COP26

  • Event: UN Sustainable Development HLPF 2021

    On 13 July, 2021, the partnership organized a virtual side event for the UN event “UN Sustainable Development HLPF 2021“, taking place in New York.

    The event, titled “Local Climate Solutions for a Sustainable & Resilient Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic in East Africa, and South Asia; Women’s Role; 100 % Renewables as driver for climate mitigation from Denmark to Kenya and Globally.“, had the following topics presented:

    • Catalogue of 50+ local sustainable and climate solutions in East Africa
    • 100 % renewables scenarios as part of climate neutrality strategies to Kenya

    The proceedings can be found here.

    HLPF 2021 - EASECA

  • UNHLDE DIALOGUE ON ENERGY – Ministerial Thematic Forums

    On June 22nd, 2021, the partners organized a virtual side event at the UN event “UNHLDE DIALOGUE ON ENERGY – Ministerial Thematic Forums“, which took place in New York. The title of the event was: “Local Solutions, Eco-Village Development, 100% Renewables, E-2/3 wheelers; South Asia & East Africa“.

    During the event, the following topics were covered:

    • Presentation of INFORSE-EastAfrica/TaTEDO, Tanzania by Jensen Shuma/Mary Swai,.
    • Presentation of the Catalogue of Climate Solutions in East Africa by EASECA Project partners (Online/Offline) by Wendy Mitoko, Suswatch Kenya
    • Introduction to 100 % Renewables & E-bikes in Europe by Gunnar Boye Olesen
    • 100 % renewables scenario in Kenya by Justus Munyoki, Suswatch Kenya
    • 100 % renewables scenario in Ugnada Richard Kimbowa UCSD, Uganda

    The presentations can be found here.


  • 100% Renewable Energy in Kenya

    On May 21st, the partners organized a webinar titled: “How Kenya can Become 100% Renewable – Virtual Validation Meeting for the CSOs’ Joint Proposal”. The program can be found here. The following material was presented:

    More information about the topic can be found here.

    How Kenya can become 100% Renewable

  • E-Mobility in East Africa Event

    On May 4th, the partners organized a webinar focusing on e-mobility solutions in East Africa. The program was the following:

    • Global perspectives and Overview of e-mobility initiatives in East Africa by Ms. Judith Adem Owigar, UN HABITAT;
    • Practitioner experience by Mr. Alex Makaliwa, General Manager, Solar e-cycle, Nairobi, Kenya;
    • State of E-mobility by Mr. Michael Muchiri, Ministry of Transport, Kenya.
    • Electric 3-wheelers in Bangladesh by Mr. SohelAhmed, Grameen Shakti, INFORSE Coord. in Bangladesh
    • Lessons from Europe & Closing remarks – Mr. Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE secretariat

    The event was moderated by Mr. Kimbowa Richard, INFORSE-East Africa Chair, UCSD.

    E-mobility

  • Local Launch of the Catalogue of Sustainable Solutions

    On February 12th and on February 25th, the catalogue was presented in Tanzania and Kenya respectively. Our local partners (TaTEDO and SusWatch) were in charge of the events.

    Cover EASE-CA

  • Catalogue for Sustainable Solutions on Sustainable Energy News

    The December edition of the magazine “Sustainable Energy News”, published by INFORSE, dedicated a section to the Catalogue of Sustainable Solutions in East Africa. You can find the article here

    Sustainable neergy news -EASECA

  • Local Launch of the Catalogue of Sustainable Solutions

    On December 22nd, the catalogue was presented in Uganda, by our partners Joint Energy and Environmental Project (JEEP Folkecenter).

    Local lauch local solutions catalogue -EASECA

  • Launch of the Catalogue: Local Sustainable Solutions in East Africa

    In occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the partners launched the online catalogue: Local Sustainable Solutions in East Africa. The aim of the catalogue is to showcase good practices for sustainable solutions, which can be replicated both in East Africa and elsewhere in the world. The catalogue is available online at the address http://localsolutions.inforse.org and it will continue to get updated with new cases for the whole duration of the project and more).

    Launch catalogue sustainable solutions - EASECA

  • Event on Electric Pressure Cookers in Africa

    n November 27th, the partners from INFORSE-East Africa (Tatedo, UCSD, SusWatch Kenya, Joint Energy and Environment Projects) organized an online event on electric pressure cookers in Africa. The program consisted of the following:

    Pressure cookers - EASECA

  • Participation to the UN Climate Change Dialogues 2020

    The partners of the project participated to the UN Climate Change Dialogues meeting (online) with the event: “Local Climate & Sustainable Energy Solutions in East Africa Catalogue, South Asia Eco-Village Development ToT, 100% Renewables”. The proceedings of the event are available here.

    Climate dialogue 2020 -EASECA

  • Launch of the Report “100 % Renewable Energy Scenario in Kenya by 2050”

    On September 3rd, the report “100 % Renewable Energy Scenario in Kenya by 2050” was presented to the public via an online meeting. The report can be found here, while the proceedings of the event are available here.

    Renewable Energy Kenya 2050

  • Participation to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

    The partners of the project participated to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development with an event titled “Local Climate & Sustainable Energy Solutions, South Asia, East Africa, Eco-Village Development, 100% Renewables”.

    The proceedings of the event can be found here.

    UN-HLPF EASE-CA

  • Policy Brief, Tanzania, by TaTEDO

    The policy brief: “CSOs Call for Accelerating Implementation of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) in Tanzania in Order to Close the Energy Gap” is available here.

    Policy brief - Tanzania

  • EASE & CA on Sustainable Energy News

    The December edition of the magazine “Sustainable Energy News”, published by INFORSE, dedicated a section to the EASE & CA project. You can find the article here.

    Sustainable NEergy News

  • Participation to COP25
    COP25 - EASE-CA

    The parners organized an official side event in COP25, Madrid. The title of the side event was “Local Solutions with Poverty Reduction in NDCs”. All the information and proceedings can be found here.

    The event was live streamed and it is also possible to see it here.


  • Uganda NGO Coalition Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Energy

    Policy Uganda - EASECA

    The policy brief on NDCs in Uganda is available here.


  • Publication Launch

  • Tanzania NGO Coalition Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Energy

    The policy brief on NDCs in Tanzania is available here.

    Policy Tanzania - EASECA

  • Uganda National Energy and Minerals Week
    Press-release

    Press Release: Uganda Should Scale up Energy Efficiency to Secure Sustainable Energy for ALL and to Increase Local Climate Action by UCSD, JEEP, INFORSE-East Africa

    Download the press release here.


  • Kenya NGO Coalition Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Energy

    The policy brief on NDCs in Kenya is available here.

    Policy Kenya - EASECA

  • Project Start – EASE-CA

    The East Africa Civil Society (EASE-CA) had project launch July 1, 2019. 22/7 – 26/7 2019, the six organizations in the EASE-CA project met at JEEP Uganda to hold a kick off meeting.

    The East Africa Civil Society project takes place in three districts of Uganda and at the national level in the three partner countries and is also intended to strengthen cooperation and participation of civil society organizations at international level.

    1st Project meeting EASECA
    1st EASECA meeting

    The project is supported by CISU – Civil Society in Development, Denmark

    CISU