The INSABA process aims at the establishment of a business advisory network for renewable energy. Building on experiences from earlier capacity development training undertaken by InWEnt, the project takes a dual approach: It will provide support to the demand side for Renewable Energy, and to the supply side. Pilot regions for launching this approach are identified in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia. The project is being co-financed under the programme Coopener by DG Transport and Energy of the European Commission.
In order to allow long-term effects, local partner organisations are trained to act as intermediaries and to continue activities after the project period. They will be enabled to train and coach Renewable Energy Suppliers and locally based Interdisciplinary Advisory Teams, to organise business advisory interventions and match-making between supply and demand-side. The intervention will be enhanced by dialogue activities on legal and policy frameworks to support the process of strengthening productive and sustainable Renewable Energy application in southern Africa. Decision makers from governmental and non-governmental organisations, from business associations and other stakeholders will be included in this dialogue.
The overall objective of INSABA is to strengthen productive application of renewable energy in southern Africa. INSABA will help to build a critical mass of human capital with up to date knowledge and expertise in energy planning and project financing, as well as in the latest technologies and best practices available for increasing the productive use of renewable energies. The project focuses mainly on small and medium sized enterprises (SME) but also on governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in renewable energy issues. It tackles the poverty agenda by providing advisory services for businesses using renewable energy technology (RET) for water conveyance and treatment, communications, food processing, concentration, commercial heat et alter. Practitioners will be trained to access rural and urban employment opportunities and productive/income generating models of RET application will be supported. The project enhances EU/SADC business co-operation among SME and supports the co-operation of NGOs and associations and last not least liaise with government offices and other stakeholders on policy advise towards more conducive renewable energy utilization.
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