The East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki held a virtual discussion on his 100 days in office (he assumed on 27th April, 202)1, and his priorities for the region for the next 5 years. He touched on a number of socio-economic and political issues affecting the region.
INFORSE Partners highlight Local Climate and Energy Solutions from East Africa and South Asia at the UN HLPF 2021 THE EAST AFRICAN SUSWATCH E-BULLETIN JULY 2021
Health centers need Low cost reliable renewable energy access to power equipment. Photo: JEEP The high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is the
core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs.
On June 22, 2021, INFORSE Network and Grameen Shakti (Bangladesh) in cooperation with INFORSE Regional and National Coordinators in East Africa, South Asia, and Europe organised a virtual side event during the High Level Dialogue on Energy (June 21 – 25, 2021) to mobilize actions as a major milestone on the road to the High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE) in September 2021.
The energy sector in Kenya is largely dominated by biomass (68% of the national energy consumption), electricity (9%) and imported petroleum (21%), with biomass (wood fuel, charcoal, and agricultural waste) providing the basic cooking and heating energy needs of the rural communities, urban poor and the informal sector.
Earth Day 2021 was commemorated in April 22, 2021 under the theme: ’Restore the Earth’. According to EarthDay.org, Climate change and other environmental degradations have broken our natural systems, leading to new and fatal diseases as well as a breakdown of the global economy. But just as climate change and coronavirus painfully remind us of the harm wehave caused, Restore Our Earth reminds us of the opportunities that lay ahead.
Food waste reduction offers multi-faceted wins for people and planet, improving food security, addressing climate change, saving money and reducing pressures on land, water, biodiversity and waste management systems. Yet this potential has until now been woefully under-exploited. According to the UN, once the scale of food waste is known, it will be easier to come up with potential solutions, such as turning waste into animal feed or fertilizer.
Catalogue of Local Sustainable Solutions to fill existing Knowledge Gap’ – Tanzania Ministry of Energy
Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) and Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development as part of the East African Civil Society for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action (EASE-CA) Project, held two customized Social Media Training Workshop for Youths and Coalition Members (over 40 in total) on January 27 and 28 2021 at JEEP Folkecenter – Kyanja (Kampala). The training was in support of efforts to popularize the Catalogue of Local Sustainable Solutions in East Africa that was launched in December 2020.
This catalogue seeks to popularize the local sustainable energy and other sustainable development solutions (best practices in technical solutions, financing models, business models). The EASE CA Project also involves SusWatch Kenya and TaTEDO in Tanzania; as well as the INFORSE secretariat and the
Electric Cooking (ecook) using efficient electric cooking appliances such as pressure cookers, is gaining ground as an approach to address the above challenges. In particular the promising complement of mini-grid electricity (electrical generation systems of less than 10MW that serve customers through local distribution networks) to the traditional central grid, can help countries meet electricity access targets faster and, in some cases, more cost-effectively. An Ecooking pressure cooker can cook food faster through various cooking operations such as frying, boiling, steaming and baking.