South-South Cooperation initiatives of TERI

TERI has been engaged in South -South Cooperation activities for more than a decade. As a part of this initiative, TERI aims to stimulate/promote South -South Cooperation on issues related to climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency, biotechnology, rural energy access, sustainable habitats, clean energy, responsible minerals development, natural resource management, integrated water demand management, trade and sustainable development, and information communication technology (ICT). With this aim, TERI has been working with countries of Latin America, South Asia, South East Asia, and small island states. Many activities of TERI have focused on issues of relevance for Africa. Initiatives of TERI in Africa have been aligned to building networks with institutions driving South-South partnership and fostering development priorities of the continent.

TERI-Africa

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) contributes to South-South cooperation through collaboration with institutes, governments, and civil society in Africa on key issues of sustaibale development. The key goals include capacity enhancement of institutions and strengthening grassroots activities.

Synopsis of TERI's work in Africa

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has been working in several domains of sustainable development in Africa. Its initiatives involve mutual capacity enhancement of institutions, technology transfer, and exchange of knowledge and skills. The specific areas of focus where TERI has initiated work pertains to the interlinkages between livelihood generation and rural energy access through emphasis on ways of harnessing different forms of renewable energy. TERI has been engaged in projects dealing with ways of infusing renewable energy technology applications and energy efficient practices in municipalities, colleges, buildings, schools, hospitals, and in micro, small, and medium enterprises of Africa.

TERI works with regional institutions of Africa in designing adaptation and mitigation related climate policies. Additionally, benefits of application of TERI technologies using modes of biotechnology on degraded lands have been identified. In the policy domain, parallely, TERI has been engaged in training programmes on the following issues:

  • Decentralised energy solutions
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Biotechnology applications
  • Climate Change and sustainability
  • Trade and sustainable development
  • Sustainable habitat
  • Resource security and governance: issues, challenges and opportunities

 

Project Work in brief Supporter Partners
Clean cookstove and lighting solutions for Africa Provision of clean cookstoves and solar lanterns to select rural households of Ethiopia and Kenya to meet the cooking and lighting needs of rural households. This will aim to provide clean energy access for rural population of Africa in an integrated way. DFID Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network, local civil society organisations of Horn of Africa region
Solar Kiosks in Sierra Leone Provision of solar lanterns through solar charging stations in villages of Sierra Leone UNIDO Local village organisations
Rural Energy Access and South South Cooperation with Africa in Renewable Energy Technologies Assessment of how renewable energy resources like biomass and hydro can contribute in power generation and lead to rural energy access for people in various villages UNIDO, GEF, and SIDA UNIDO
Renewable energy applications for livelihood generation Socio economic assessment, implications of local manufacturing of renewable energy applications like 'biomass gasifier and solar photovoltaics' are being done through a prefeasibility study in Uganda and Ethiopia UNIDO Pearl Engineering (Uganda) and Asthar Pvt. Limited (Ethiopia)
Sustainable Habitat and Resource Efficiency Resource efficient buildings and training programmes in Kenya and Tanzania UN-HABITAT UN-HABITAT, Wangari Mathai Institute, University of Nairobi
Capacity building and technology development in renewable energy sector Biomass based technology development for cooking and heating applications in universities in Uganda Ministry of Mines and Energy of Uganda Ministry of Mines and Energy of Uganda
Energy auditing Energy auditing of industries, mines, water pumping stations, buildings, hospitals in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and other countries GIZ, Corporate Sector, World Bank, UN Habitat, Ministry of Mines, Energy and Development, Uganda NA
Climate Policy Studies Adaptation issues in Africa in agriculture sector World Bank International Livestock Research Institute
Policy paper Paper on climate change and its implications for human development, security and ecosystem sustainability in Africa, Climate finance options for Africa, and Policy compendium for Africa African Climate Policy Centre African Climate Policy Centre
Management of natural resources using biotechnological applications Scoping study to find out the potential of TERI patented mychorriza based biotechnology applications for tackling land degradation near Chibo in Mozambique. Ministry of Coordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA), Mozambique Ministry of Coordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA), Mozambique
ITEC Courses Conduction of eight programmes of three week training programmes Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India
DSDS 2011 In DSDS 2011, a special Africa session was organised.

A side event focusing on climate adaptation issues in Ethiopia.

Stall at DSDS showcasing sustainable development activities in Horn of Africa

UNECA and Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Centre and Network UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)
Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Centre and Network,
ECOWAS TRAINING COURSES Conduction of three future training programmes and a round table in Cape Verde/Benin The proposals deal with 'Trade and Sustainable Development', 'Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency', 'Establishing Solar based PV projects for livelihood generation' issues. Participation in 'Energy Access' workshop held in Ghana for mainstreaming energy access related policy options in West Africa region. ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
ACPC PROJECTS Projects on adaptation, mitigation, CDM and energy economy linkages in Africa African Climate Policy Centre (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) African Climate Policy Centre (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)
ACPC TERI UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP Development of distance learning programmes between TERI University, UNECA, IDEP with partnership with regional universities of Africa IDEP (United Nations African Institute for Economic Development
LABL Access to clean energy in urban slums of Nairobi, Free Town, Lilangua, Doula UN Habitat To be decided
LABL Setting up of solar charging stations in Sierre Leone MNRE UNIDO
Knowledge Sharing in solar sector Solar Transition Research Council of Norway ACTS, CAMPCO, University of Oslo
Feasibility Study Small Hydro Projects in Sierre Leone and Liberia UNIDO UNIDO
Feasibility Study Preparation of DPR for solar power plants in Sierre Leone, Liberia UNIDO UNIDO
Training Programmes Capacity Enhancement programme on 'Trade and Sustainable Development' Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Addis Ababa university
LABL Setting up solar charging stations in Kenya, Ethiopia Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India Local NGOs

 

Key Partners

  • UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)
  • African Climate Policy Centre (UNECA)
  • UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation)
  • Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network
  • Addis Ababa University
  • ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Mekelle University, GIZ ENDEV
  • UNEP SUN (United Nations Environment Programme
  • Sustainable United Nations)
  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • Sustainable Production and Consumption Branch
  • Ministry of External Affairs (GOI)
  • Wangari Mathai Institute
  • University of Nairobi
  • World Bank
  • MEMD (Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development)
  • Ethiopian Civil Society Climate Change Network
  • UNON/UN-Habitat
  • Ethiopian Civil Society Institutes
  • Economic Policy Research Institute
  • Addis Ababa University
  • Ecological Consumers Association
  • Forum for Environment
  • South African Institute for International Affairs
  • University of Capetown
  • Ministry of Coordination of Environmental Affairs (Mozambique)
  • Strathmore University, Kenya