Sustainable Energy Networks
i) International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE-East Africa)
INFORSE is a worldwide network consisting of 140 Non-Governmental Organisations working in about 60 countries to promote sustainable energy and social development. The Network was established in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 to secure follow-up in the political decision at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). INFORSE is actively engaged in international awareness rising. INFORSE follows and influences sustainable energy issues in international negotiations and is accredited to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1998, and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 2002.
Vision: A world where energy services that are necessary for a just and human centred development, are provided in a sustainable way using renewable energy. INFORSE has a global Sustainable Energy Vision by 2050 with 100% Renewable Energy Supply. The Vision was prepared and presented at the Rio Conference in 2002.
Mission: a global network of independent non-governmental organisations working for sustainable energy solutions to reduce poverty and protect the environment.
- To raise awareness and provide advocacy
- To build up capacity at local, national and international levels
- To work for institutional reform
- To support research and development
Reduction of pollution to environmentally sustainable levels including the emission of greenhouse gases through increase in efficiency of current conventional energy production, conversion, transportation, distribution and use and through enhanced use of locally available renewable energy resources and total phase-out of nuclear power.
-Equal access for all to energy services (SE4ALL)
-Improve basis for income generation through renewable energy solutions, in particular for the poor (productive use of energy).
-Increased efficiency and reduced pollution in utilization of traditional fuels to reduce drudgery of women (gender).
Membership is open only to independent non-profit and non-governmental organisations supporting the INFORSE vision and mission. Membership is free of charge and due to approval by the Regional Coordinator. Members have the right to vote at regional meetings and have a free subscription to the INFORSE Newsletter 'Sustainable Energy News'.
TaTEDO is the Regional Focal Point of INFORSE in the East Africa. TaTEDO Coordinate INFORSE network activities in collaboration with focal points and members in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Active members, at national or regional levels are granted with opportunities of working together, prepare and implement projects in line with vision, mission and objectives of the INFORSE network
ii) Clean Cookstoves and Fuels Alliance of Tanzania (CCFAT)
It is estimated that about 8 million households in Tanzania and most public institutions cook with firewood and/or charcoal on traditional cookstoves. This presents a health risk to users, mainly women and children, in Tanzania. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 18,900 deaths in Tanzania are attributable to indoor air pollution (IAP) annually. In addition to the immediate health risks the use of traditional stoves contributes to higher rates of deforestation and climate change.
The Clean Cookstoves and Fuels Alliance of Tanzania (CCFAT) was formed in 2012 by clean cookstoves and fuels stakeholders, several of them also being a member of the ICS Task-force. CCFAT goal was to strengthen local actors and stakeholders working in the cookstove and fuels sector and influence the government to facilitate the increased innovation in designing, producing, marketing and use of clean cookstoves and fuel through better government policies, increased public awareness, micro-finance opportunities and capacity building through information sharing, training and campaigning.
The CCFAT vision is to have 10 million Tanzanian households and all institutions using clean cookstoves and fuels for cooking and heating applications by 2020
The Mission is to facilitate the increased innovation in design, production, marketing and use of clean cookstoves and fuel through better government policies, increased public awareness, micro-finance opportunities and capacity building through information sharing, training and campaigning.
The Clean Cookstoves and Fuels Alliance of Tanzania (CCFAT) strives to build solidarity amongst clean cookstoves and fuels stakeholders and create effective partnerships to ensure the use of clean cookstoves and fuels is the norm in Tanzanian households and institutions. CCFAT is dedicated to this goal because clean cookstoves and fuels save time, lives, money, our forests and provide employment.
CCFAT recognizes that despite the many benefits of clean cookstoves and fuels the market to supply and demand them is underdeveloped. This stems from both policy and market failures; a lack of awareness and knowledge about the benefits of clean cookstoves, weak government policies, poor stoves quality and insufficient access to finance. CCFAT is dedicated to removing these barriers through the creation of an enabling environment supported by policies and strengthened government institutions, improved testing and standards, access to finance and sensitization of all stakeholders.
Membership of CCFAT is open to stakeholders with at least one of the following resources: a) influence on policy, b) financing capacity c) knowledge and experiences on clean cookstoves and fuels d) experience in the commercialization of clean cookstoves and fuels e) knowledge and experience on crosscutting issues between the clean cookstoves and fuels sector and gender and health.
iii) Tanzania Gender and Sustainable Energy Network (TANGSEN)
TANGSEN is a professional network for engendering and developing energy in Tanzania. The network is non -governmental, non-profit making, non-political and gender sensitive. The NGSEN was established in 1998 with main purpose of empowering women in order to increase their involvement in the energy sector through networking and sharing of information. TANGSEN was registered in 2009 and 2017. TaTEDO was selected to be a focal point for developing the network and attained its maturity and moved out in 2010 . A network secretariat was formulated with members from: TAHEA, WINNER, MEM, MCDGC and TaTEDO. Members of TANGSEN involve Individuals and institutions actively involved in gender and energy sectors. TANGSEN links with regional and international networks. Regional linkages include national focal points in 13 African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Zambia and South Africa. Internationally, TANGSEN is a member of the ENERGIA of the Netherlands which operate in ASIA and AFRICA.
The vision of TANGSEN is men and women equally accessing sustainable energy services in Tanzania
The mission of TANGSEN is to ensure gender equality in energy through advocacy, capacity building, and awareness creation, information sharing to increase women participation, control ownership and benefits from sustainable energy, technologies and services.
The aim of TANGSEN is to enhance governance structures both at network and energy sector and promoting equal opportunities for men and women to access sustainable energy services for improved livelihoods within communities. This will be achieved through sensitizing key stakeholders and policy makers on sustainable energy technology issues to create awareness and enhance their knowledge on sustainable energy issues. It will also involve capacity building activities of staff and partners on governance and gender mainstreaming issues and especially issues relating to gender analysis and reporting to aid in the planning and implementation of all energy projects at organisational level. Capacity building of authorities in the energy sector on gender issues that hinder development and improved livelihoods of men and women will be needed to help sectoral leaders identify hindrances in access to sustainable energy technologies thereby helping them to take up advocacy issues on gender and energy. The creation of awareness on culture and traditions as well as other gender related constraints that hinder adoption of sustainable energy services and well-being of men and women in the energy sector will also be a priority of the network.
iv) Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA)
Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), formerly TASEA (Tanzania Solar Energy Association) is a non-profit making, non-governmental Organization that brings together actors in the renewable energy sectors to promote the accessibility and use of renewable energy technologies in Tanzania. It was established in 2000 and registered by Ministry of Home Affairs on 7th May, 2001 with registration number SA10900.
The mission of TAREA is to promote and advocate the increased use of Renewable Energy by developing an effective network of members and stakeholders, emphasizing the need for quality and best practice throughout the sector.
As TAREA is a membership organization, the management of the organization is naturally depending on the members. The institution for this is the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place once a year. Every member is invited to attend in order to participate in making high level decisions. The AGM usually sees the presentation of outcomes and perspectives of TAREA work during the period since the last meeting. Furthermore, at the AGM, the Secretariat presents the Annual Financial Report and proposes a budget for the coming period, which then needs to be confirmed by the AGM. Furthermore, the participants of the Annual General Meeting are electing the Executive Committee and the Advisory Committee.
TAREA strives for its mission by conducting several activities
1) Education and Research: promote and implement research and training in renewable energy technologies
2) Information and Knowledge: use of magazine, e-newsletter, emails and other communication channels to inform stakeholders about current news and events
3) Networking: connect all renewable energy stakeholders in the country and abroad who are interested in raising the renewable energy sector in Tanzania
4) Representation: brings interests together and represents them extern through lobbying and advocacy on policy, legislation, regulations and standards in Renewable Energy.
5) Projects: conduct its own projects and support projects conducted by its members.