The international conference ‘Fostering Cooperation in Energy Efficiency and Accessibility in East Africa` took place in Zanzibar, Tanzania, from 13-14 March 2017. It was organized in the framework of the ENRICH and SUCCEED network projects, financed by the European Commission through the EU-ACP cooperation programmes ACP S&T and EDULINK. People from 12 countries and 3 continents participated in this international event. Participants included representatives from higher education institutions, policy makers, private sector, and NGOs from Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Suriname, and from the EU from Spain and Scotland.
The main objectives of this international conference were to bring together stakeholders involved in the field of energy, to encourage dialogue, and strengthen cooperation links in the energy sector in East Africa. Thereby, enhancing awareness of the real needs of science, technology, and innovation related to energy access and efficiency and fostering discussions on how the higher education system could contribute to this. Discussions on the main challenges in the field of energy in East Africa took place during the round tables conducted each day following the morning presentations.
The NEED team was represented at the international conference by Dr. Ackim Zulu from the University of Zambia (UNZA). Dr. Ackim Zulu [Energy Expert and Coordinator of Work Package 2 "Research Policies"], presented the outcomes of the NEED project for conference delegates.