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Solar Technology for the West African Economic and Monetary Union

2013 - 2018

Implementing agencies

African partners
Other public body, Private sector

Names of African partners involved
University of Ouagadougou

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Single donor, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs

Geographical scope

Countries where active

Renewables, Electricity, Energy Efficiency

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Electricity system, Grid connected generation, Mini-grids

Type of intervention
Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives
The project’s goal is to help reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of people living in the poorest rural communities and the poorest communities close to urban areas in the eight member states of the West African Economic and Monetary Union by encouraging countries to optimize the use of solar energy, expediting their economic growth. The project also contributes to environmental sustainability through the promotion of clean, renewable energy.

Main activities
The purpose of this project is to establish the Institute for Training in Applied Solar Technology (IFTSA) at the University of Ouagadougou, thereby creating a regional centre of excellence in advanced solar technologies in West Africa. It supports the training of 500 advanced technicians and 100 engineers, of which at least 20% are women. The initiative aims to increase the technical knowledge and teaching capacities of staff of the IFTSA, and to build links between this centre and the private sector involved in the production of solar technologies.



Contact information
Jean Lebel, Director of Canadian International Development Research Center;

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