Assistance for Supporting "Energy for Poverty Reduction in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa (Multifunctional Platforms Regional Programme)"

April 8, 2004

  1. On April 8 (Thursday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 2,413,599 US dollars through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the programme "Energy for Poverty Reduction in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa (Multifunctional Platforms Regional Programme)" to be implemented in four West African countries, namely Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea and Senegal, by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  2. This programme aims to encourage women in rural Sub-Saharan Africa who spend most of their time in drawing water and collecting firewood to get involved in income-generating activities through the provision of energy services. The activities included in this programme are as follows:
    (a) Preparation for introducing the Multifunctional Platforms (MFP: MFP is a simple diesel engine that can generate electricity for lighting and refrigeration and to pump water): Establishing networks and building learning-capacity at the community level
    - Supporting leading NGOs and community-based organizations to set up networks
    - Organizing workshops that gather community members for experience sharing
    (b) Capacity-building of communities concerned in operating and maintaining MFP
    - Identification of potential partners and installation of MFP
    - Training local partners and transferring know-how at the community level

  3. This project is expected to produce opportunities for income-generation activities through easing the burden of domestic work for women in Sub-Saharan Africa, and reducing poverty in the region.
Japan established the Trust Fund for Human Security in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999, with total contributions of 25.9 billion yen (approximately US$ 227 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted numerous projects of UN agencies that address various threats against human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of Human Security.

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