The organization is participating in a wide range of advocacy and networking activities in order to influence policies and decisions of resource allocation and planning priorities at national and local levels through partners and activists in the energy sector. These activities have also enabled to create awareness of rural energy development issues, influence policies and get public opinion, increase the visibility as well as impact of partners’ efforts in facilitating access to sustainable modern energy technologies and services.
It is through this exchange of experience, knowledge and ideas, the energy resources and technical know-how are brought down to the local level. Networking gives support to other organizations with similar objectives of facilitating access to modern energy services at the national and local levels.
TaTEDO is a focal point of two energy networks: the East African Energy Technology Development Network (EAETDN) and the Information for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE). The organization is also a member of other national networks such as the Institutional Collaboration on Research and Development in Tanzania (ICRDT), a member of the board of the University College of Engineering, Technology Development and Transfer Centre, Tanzania Gender and Sustainable Energy (TANGSEN) and Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA). TaTEDO and other partners have managed to support initial efforts of developing the networking activities.
In collaboration with other stakeholders in the energy sector, TaTEDO is influencing critical issues in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change with focus to pro-poor low carbon emission solutions. Lobbying is also undertaken through workshops, news articles, mass media and contacts with different government officials. More issues (five issues) have been identified in the areas of sustainable energy and low carbon solutions level, financing for rural clean energy, energy strategies, legal framework and mitigating climate change. Lobbying activities were also undertaken for sustainable charcoal production.