After 42 months of work, the Edulink II project EuropeAid/132023/D/ACT/ACPTPS, ENERGISE (Enlarged Network in Education and Research for a Growing Impact of Sustainable Energy engineering on local development) is coming to its closure.
The reality of access to energy and the energy scenario over the last 5 years have boths changed deeply in Africa. In this perspective, increasing access to energy is a big opportunity to overcome the “development divide” and fighting against global poverty.
A paradigm change is still requested to scale up access to energy within the Eastern African region and more in general in the whole Sub Saharan Africa. In line with the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “no one be left behind” and the clear focus on people, the cross-cutting role of human capital (individually and collectively, as communities and institutions) has been awarded with a crucial role. Indeed, without the proper human resources, it is recognized that it will be not easy to achieve the transformative change for sustainable energy strategies that is requested by the today challenges of the African continent. The right skills and competencies are needed for the design, uptake, and sustainable management of technologies, business models, and enabling policy framework. At the same time, the introduction and adoption of new or improved renewable energy technologies require new skills for installation, maintenance, and service.
Therefore, one of the leverages to be pulled to meet this urgency is the enhancement of Higher Education Institutions’ capacity in promoting energy curricula, joint researches and outreach programs and effective networking to support appropriate strategies for local energy access.
The project ENERGISE aimed at promoting innovative and labour driven curricula in Energy Engineering within each partner institution while enforcing their capacity to interact with the local socio-economic framework. The goal was to increase the number, quality and skills of specialised energy engineers who can act as employees or entrepreneurs within the complex challenge of sustainable access to energy.
At the closure of the project after 42 months, and under the flag of the UNESCO CHAIR in Energy for Sustainable Development of the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano, a South-South Knowledge Transfer Seminar was organized to share the experience at regional leve. The one-week Seminar was shaped up in different formats and saw the participation of more or less hundred of experts from 11 different countries, 20 different organization from academia, civil society an private sector.
For more information you my give a look to the flyer and the article relating the achievment of the seminar.