The Management of Environment Alert is greatly thanked for mobilizing and coordinating the Renewable Energy CSO network for discussion…
The Management of Environment Alert is greatly thanked for mobilizing and coordinating the Renewable Energy
CSO network for discussion on the biomass energy concerns which provided valuable information. Special thanks go
to Dr. Joshua Zake (Ph.D.), the Executive Director, Environment Alert who guided the study and provided relevant
documents and information; and Ms Rachael Nalule the Programme officer for ensuring the logistics for the
assignment were effectively arranged.
Environmental Alert2 highly appreciate the effort and support of all those who made this study and the preparation of this report a success. Special thanks go to the staff of Ministries of Energy and Mineral Development, Water and
Environment, the National Forestry Authority and District Local Governments who provided the core information on the biomass energy sub-sector. The information from Development partners, CSOs and private sector players was
indispensable for understanding the general status of biomass energy in the country as key informants. They are
specially appreciated for their valuable time, willingness and openness to discuss without reservations
MoFPED needs to work with the Bank of Uganda, DPs, and financial institutions to simplify lending requirements and repayment process for RE projects, e. use of vendor lending, combining grants with concessional loans, among others.
Government through Bank of Uganda needs to establish an innovation fund, linked to the renewable energy strategy to provide access to finance for entrepreneurs and local businesses.
The UECCC needs to provide more incentives for more financial institutions, especially MDIs and MFIs, to participate in the scheme since they are better suited to delivering RE credit on a sustainable basis to SMEs.
Financial Institutions should train their loans officers on different RET products and their benefits. This will make them more confident in promoting financial products to fund purchases of RET technologies.
Environment Alert (EA) is implementing a project titled ‘Increasing access to sustainable and renewable energy alternatives in the Albertine Graben’ that aims at communities adopting sustainable renewable energy alternatives to reduce dependency on biomass for their energy needs. The project is being implemented in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature – Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) with financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). One of the project outcomes is ‘Project CSOs have capacity to engage government and private sector on adoption of policies, legislation and best practices for sustainable and renewable energy access.
There are already initiatives that have been done to contribute to the achievement of the above project outcome, i.e. EA has already developed a CSOs and Networks advocacy strategy which provides a framework for the project CSOs & Networks to undertake advocacy interventions aimed at increasing access to sustainable and renewable energy options in the Albertine Graben to reduce the demand for biomass there by contributing to conservation of high value forest ecosystems to benefit people and nature in Uganda.
In addition, WWF developed a capacity needs assessment tool that was used to assess Project CSOs and Networks in terms of the level of internal capacity and the results achieved by the CSOs in relation to WWF and other donor support in becoming effective managers, advocates and agents of change for sustainable development. The results of this assessment provide an indication of the performance of CSO capacity building work and what is required to improve planning and intervention strategies to build strong civil society organizations/networks. Therefore, different capacity building interventions were delivered to the Project CSOs and Networks which include: i) training in lobbying and advocacy to equip members with knowledge and skills in conducting advocacy work in renewable energy and ii) training of project CSOs and Networks on Monitoring and Evaluation as applied to lobbying and advocacy to equip members with knowledge and skills in the aspects of M & E as applied to lobbying and advocacy with practical examples on renewable energy policy engagement at both national and local level.
It’s against that background that Environment Alert is organizing a capacity building training for Renewable energy CSO network (RESCO network) members in budget tracking and monitoring for application during planning & budgeting processes at both local and national level to influence allocation to the renewable energy sub-sector.
Therefore A two-day capacity building training for renewable energy CSO network (RECSO Network) members in budget tracking and monitoring at both local and national level is being implemented from 29th to 30th July 2020. However, participation is only by invite.