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Contribution of clean energy to the prosperity of rural communities and in the fight against the desertification

Promote community solidarity actions to protect the environment

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The project is a unique initiative in that it embraces three dimensions that are:
 fight against poverty and the exclusion of vulnerable groups through income generation
 Produce at low cost and make available and accessible a clean domestic energy through commitment and community solidarity (self-production and self-maintenance)
 fight against desertification through the collective and solidarity action of the local community

The unique benefits of the APN Sahel organization are: (i) more than 20 years of experience in sustainable land management and desertification control; (ii) experience of community approaches in supporting and identifying and implementing projects; (iii) experience in managing multi-cultural and multi-stakeholder partnerships in projects and programs. (iiii) good knowledge and control of bio-digester technology and collaboration with the national extension program.
The approach will be more effective as it responds to the wishes of the beneficiary communities in a participatory, integrative, and innovative framework.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Beneficiaries are the economically vulnerable rural households living below the poverty line (-20 $ per month), composed of men, women and their children aged 07 to 14 from the village of Toudoumzougou in Burkina Faso. There are 70% of young men and women under 30 who are active in agricultural production activities (agriculture, livestock breeding, market gardening, forestry) and commercial enterprises in the form of collective enterprises processing agricultural products.
They will benefit from the project through participatory targeting with and by the community itself which will identify the most vulnerable households according to agreed criteria and bring to their attention the project idea in order to gain ownership and commitment each of the potential beneficiaries. The project will be explained in detail to allow a better understanding of the different social groups and to guide decision-making.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

the project is a unique initiative in that it embraces three dimensions that are:
 fight against poverty and the exclusion of vulnerable groups through income generation
 Produce at low cost and make available and accessible a clean domestic energy through commitment and community solidarity (self-production and self-maintenance)
 fight against desertification through the collective and solidarity action of the local community

The unique benefits of the APN Sahel organization are: (i) more than 20 years of experience in sustainable land management and desertification control; (ii) experience of community approaches in supporting and identifying and implementing projects; (iii) experience in managing multi-cultural and multi-stakeholder partnerships in projects and programs. (iiii) good knowledge and control of bio-digester technology and collaboration with the national extension program.
The approach will be more effective as it responds to the wishes of the beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

The Association for the Protection of Nature in the Sahel (AFN-Sahel) is a local development support NGO that provides services to rural communities in Burkina Faso. It has its national headquarters in Ouagadougou. This link above refers to his Facebook page, which describes the activities that are taking place. http://www.faceook.com/APN Sahel NGO or https://www.facebook.com/apn1994bf/

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The inspiration was born following an exchange trip organized by APN-Sahel in the village of Boassa in the southern outskirts of Ouagadougou with farmers in Burkina Faso and Mali, supported by the SoS program (Seeds of Survival) supported by USC Canda and executed by CAB Dèmeso in Mali and APN-Sahel in Burkina Faso. The purpose of this visit was to familiarize peasants (farmers and pastoralists) with the bio-digester technology developed by the national Bio digestors program.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The peasants who participated in this experiment found these achievements revolutionary and beneficial for them, because at the same time meeting their needs and energy concerns, while combining fight against desertification, improvement of the agricultural production and activities generating incomes in a context of climate change and constant need for adaptation.The chosen topics will be positively influenced by the fact that the demand comes from them. The project will be implemented by the beneficiaries with the support of APN Sahel. This will predict a good exit from the project when it is completed.At the community level, the project can serve as a model for the training effect of some neighboring communities.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

It is a partnership between APN-Sahel and the community of Toudoumzougou. The project is part of a participatory approach that requires the support and support of the community at all stages. Workshops are held to gather feedback and community buy-in on the idea of the project. Those of Toudoumzouogou will be the main actors of the implementation of the project.
Consultations to inform on the implementation of the project are held with the authorities including community leaders, the mayor of the commune and the prefect of the department of Tenkodogo, as well as the technical services and the national bios digester program for their expertise. This in order to obtain their membership in order to work in synergy.
As an example, APN-Sahel works in collaboration with the Social Action services in terms of targeting vulnerable groups and taking gender into account. Arrangements will be made for the project to be appropriate by the communities

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Some highlights of the community are:Young people are active and ready to work, communities are resilient and ready to mobilize to improve their living conditions. They are committed to lead the project and are receptive in terms of innovation. They have successful experiences in conducting collective activities. Cohesion between the different layers and members of the community exists and is maintained. The proximity to the large urban center of Tenkodogo is a source of outlets for products. .

Geographic Focus

Location of the proposed project: . Country: Burkina Faso2. Region: East Center3. Municipality: Tenk

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The project will last three years and will run as follows:- a first phase consisting of the preparation of the targeting and the implementation of the partnership agreements with the communities, the preparation and elaboration of the reference situation,- the launching and implementation of activities in collaboration with the beneficiary communities,- mid-term project preparation, monitoring and evaluation to provide corrective measures,- the provision of corrective measures for the preparatio

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Daer Richard, a great project initiative as it without addressing poverty alleviation, it would not be possible to address climate change. We have implemented a similar project to address the issue of improving rural livelihoods (https://cdm.unfccc.int/Projects/DB/TUEV-SUED1298895593.56/view). The project has benefitted the communities by offering additional carbon revenues under CDM. Look forward to follow your project.