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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 21:04

In Egypt, there are many hearing impaired persons that suffer from illiteracy, low income and poor chances in education and employment. In addition, they live in isolation from the rest of the society because of the lack of communication with normal people due to their disability.

Tawasol was launched in 2015 by “Khalifa Computer Group” (KCG), an Egyptian family-owned IT company upon identifying the challenges facing those with hearing impairment in Egypt. The founder, Dr. Adel Khalifa decided to adopt a strategy to build an infrastructure that can aid those with hearing disability in their paths in education, employment, and breaking the barrier of communication with society. The Khalifa Computer Group in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Ministry of Education developed the package of software which aims to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by using ICTs to facilitate access to information and knowledge, boost interaction with the community and increase opportunities for employment. Thus, Tawasol was designed as computer software for disabled students, their teachers, and family members to enhance communication between each other and the society. 

The KCG team faced numbers of challenges that prevent adopting standard tools from the developed countries in Egypt such as:

  1. The native language in Egypt is Arabic;
  2. The Egyptian Sign Language for Deaf is not unified and is definitely different from the American or European sign language;
  3. A large number of the Deaf in Egypt are illiterate and;
  4. In spite of the governmental law that 5% of the employment in all companies and governmental offices should be from people with special needs, the law is not applied.

Thus, KCG team developed a new strategy for building an infrastructure of assistive technology tools suitable for the Egyptian environment and the Deaf people there. The research leads to achieving four components for these tools (See Diagram 1):

So far, the solution has achieved the followings:

  1. The Ministry of Education in Egypt approved the project and ordered the following as a start: The Cloud version of Tawasol system to be distributed for the 200 School in Egypt for Deaf (Al-Amal Schools) and The Unified Academic Sign Language Dictionary on DVD for the same schools
  2. In a collaborative agreement, both the MOE, MCIT and the Teachers academy have approved the Unified Academic Sign Language Dictionary as the main training program for training Teachers of the special needed students on sign language (5000 Teachers as a start).
  3. Khalifa Computer Group was granted a project from MCIT to extend the capability of “Tawasol” in accessibility for Deaf as a part of the second phase of the strategy suggested by KCG.
  4. Currently, KCG is negotiating with one of the largest newspaper agency in Egypt offering full year training through its training facility for sign language of Deaf and hearing people.
  5. KCG is also is negotiating one of the largest factories for food and drinks to train their staff on sign Language using “Tawasol”
  6. KCG has installed and tested the Tawasol system in two different Deaf Schools one in Cairo and the second was in Al-Fayoum City. The results were positive with great interest from both teachers and students.

Tawasol is available on the Internet with as yearly subscription-based accounts. The retail price for one account subscription per year is 1800 EGP, which includes all of the products.

Tawasol is an ongoing project. Through the first phase; Khalifa Computer Group has developed the above mentioned four major applications, which could be considered as the infrastructure of the strategic project. In the next phase, Tawasol builds applications on top of what was developed in the first phase as well as enhancing the functionality of the first phase applications. The three applications of the new phase can be seen in Diagram 2.

To achieve the ultimate goal of social inclusion of the hearing impaired persons in the society Khalifa Computer Group has been working on the next following steps:

  1. Developing software tools to help the deaf communicates with the listeners in the community.
  2. Provide professional sign language training for the listeners to facilities their interaction and communication with the deaf people through the using of the unified Arabic Academic sign language dictionary.
  3. Developing the Egyptian university education for the deaf. 

Awards: Tamkeen Award by MCIT Egypt

Partners: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Communication and Information technology, Khalifa computer group, deaf NOG`s

Contact details:  
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9
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Monday, 13 February 2017 20:48

In 2014, according to CAPMAS, the Egyptian population has reached 87 million, growing 18% in eight years.   The male to female ratio is almost equal, with some 45 million of each sex.   With rising population levels, more jobs are needed each year. The official unemployment rate in Egypt reached an unprecedented high of 13.3% in the second quarter of 2014. Some of the major causes of unemployment in Egypt are overpopulation and the lack of proper education and sufficient training upon graduation. 

Masr Ta3mal, meaning “Egypt Works”, is an initiative that focuses on developing the skills of Egyptian youth to increase their chances of employment. The focus of Masr Ta3mal initiative targets the largest youth segment which is aged between 15-29.  The main aim of Masr Ta3mal initiative is to provide full employability eco-system and to empower the youth of Egypt and help them follow their goals in employment.

This is achieved firstly through the institutionalized career centers provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports in which the following activities take place: Career Advising, ICT Trainings, Business Development Trainings, Capacity Building, Job Placement, sessions on Entrepreneurship and Startups. The aim of these activities is to bridge the gap between the educational system and the job market needs in Egypt. These career centers are commonly known as ‘youth centers’ are owned by The Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports. There are youth centers which cover all the governorates in Egypt and it has access to a very large number of youths. This makes it suitable and easy to reach for youth from all around the country.

Masr Ta3mal has created a full cycle for youth development that works as follows:

  • Career coaching online and offline sessions to define the youth personal skills and professional interest and to create career development plan.
  • Online Diplomas and courses in IT, Languages, Business and soft skills.
  • Job Matching tool to connect youth with employers.
  • Entrepreneurial online and offline trainings to introduce the entrepreneurial thinking to Egyptian youth and to build the capacity of Egyptian young entrepreneurs.
  • Civic Engagement activities to raise the awareness about extracurricular activities for students and the importance of volunteering for fresh graduates and young professionals through Masr Ta3mal mentorship program and Masr Ta3mal Youth Program.
  • Masr Ta3mal Proto-type centers (Physical centries) provide:
  • IT centers to provide IT trainings for youth to help them increase their efficiency and productivity.
  • Business & career centers to provide career development and to align their education with demand in the labor market.
  • Entrepreneurship centers to instill problem-solving skills, entrepreneurship, and management capacity and the value of self-employment.

Masr Ta3mal also has its own employability portal which is made accessible for the youth for further learning and services. The centers feed the portal with local content. It also creates a national youth network for employability the youth for further learning and services.

The key achievement of Masr Ta3mal so far as follows:

  • 67 Masr Ta3mal Proto-type centers (physical centers) in 26 governorates
  • 80 IT Centers in 27 governorates
  • Reach 1,121,135 youth, got access to 133,621 and up skilled 30,976 youth
  • 16,902 vacancies from December 2013 till 5th of February, 2015
  • 323 Career Guides
  • 850 Digital Literacy Trainers
  • 230 Build Your Business Trainers
  • 993 entrepreneurial beneficiaries.
  • Masr Ta3mal Youth Group in 9 Universities with 350 members
  • 120 potential social entrepreneurs
  • 350 students trained on social entrepreneurship who will be able to raise the awareness of 15000 Student about Social entrepreneurship.

Partners: Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNDP, Silatech.    

Contact details:  
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9
Fax: (02) 27375084
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Friday, 27 January 2017 20:31

Until recently, there was a lack of high-quality, well-structured websites managed by companies creating digital content for Arabic-speaking users and of original, localized, high-quality content. 

In order to support rural-urban integration into one knowledge society, and to empower communities through the provision of easy access to the information they need, in order to widen their horizons, and to increase their future and career opportunities. The Egyptian Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT) launched Kenanaonline jointly with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) in 2007.

The objective is to increase useful Arabic E-content available on the internet, support citizens (in rural & urban areas) to use information technology to improve skills, career, income, health, agriculture, and knowledge, and helping communities move towards the Knowledge Society.

KenanaOnline work scope depends mainly on two major strategies:

  • Networking and partnership: This is done through building a network of community partners from NGOs, experts, academia, universities, entrepreneurs and private sectors in every targeted field. In a parallel way, each partner actually participates in establishing a promising information society and implicitly encourages activities related to networking, business opportunities, and e-marketing.
  • Community Mobilization: This is done through developing a series of public activities that are mainly directed towards raising awareness using Kenanaonline features and services. These series also targets mobilizing the Arabic-speaking people to actively participate in enlarging Kenanaonline knowledge networks, and enhancing the specialized free e-content.

Kenanaonline provides user-friendly online applications that allow users to build their online knowledge base to provide their communities with knowledge and consultancy in their respective fields of expertise. This service includes:

  • Business directory system
  • Websites and blogs creations services
  • Internet marketing tools (Newsletter, classified Ads.)
  • Customer Relation Management.

Since the launch, the solution contributed to establishing the knowledge society in MENA region by leading and moderating the generation and management of credible and specialized knowledge portals and developing the social mindset  for using ICT in utilizing knowledge  for sustainable community development and achieved the following:

  • 1,390,000 pages published on the Internet
  • 1,000 page added daily/ 30,000 per month
  • 37,000 Daily visit
  • 46,000 unique daily visitors.

The project can be replicated in other Arabic-speaking countries.

Partnerships: The Italian Cooperationthe Ministry of AgricultureGeneral Authority for Fish Resources Development, the Ministry of Social SolidarityEgypt Arts Academythe Egyptian Association for Persons with Special NeedDreamers of Tomorrow Association.

Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9
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Friday, 27 January 2017 20:13

The Egyptian national initiative for human capacity building; “Education Development for Universities in Egypt (EDUEgypt)” is a training initiative implemented in 16 Egyptian universities spanning 57 faculties as a result of a cooperation protocol between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) on the 30th of December in 2007. The program is implemented by the Egyptian Information Technology Institute (ITI); one of the leading Human Capacity Development and Building establishments regionally and internationally.

EDUEgypt aims at bridging the gap between the university students` skills and the required competencies by the ICT job market and targets senior students in Egyptian universities as an optional training program that is not part of students’ academic studies, promising them numerous job opportunities in the outsourcing industry on the successful completion of the Program.

EDUEgypt Program is carried out once a year in the 16 Egyptian universities.

The solution offers the following services:

After seven years of implementation, the following accomplishments were achieved: Influencing the lives of 43,500 trainees through availing training opportunities across Egypt and qualifying them to have a job opportunity that would increase their income by providing up to 11,000 lucrative job opportunities (through 6 employment fairs) per year for graduates.

  • The average employment rate of EDUEgypt graduates is 65%.
  • Trainees` attendance exceeded 82% during the academic year.
  • Cooperating with 16 Egyptian universities spanning 55 faculties to implement a training initiative.
  • Through EDUEgypt’s orientation sessions, more than 100,000 university students, academia, and students’ parents are now aware of the outsourcing industry and its impact on the national economy.
  • More than 100,000 Egyptian students were assessed as a part of EDUEgypt admission exam.
  • Qualifying 500 Egyptian certified trainers (who delivered 10,875,000 training hours inside the Egyptian universities) and equipping them with latest training techniques and methodologies.
  • EDUEgypt is a tool to brand Egypt as the potential destination for the O&O industry all overall the world.

Partners: The MCIT, ITIDA, ITI, Training Industry, MoHE, The Egyptian Universities, ICT Industry.

Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:48

The Mehwar Centre for the Protection and Empowerment of Women and Familiesu201d project was initiated in 2004 with the goal to provide support and safety to victims and survivors of violence through the first national specialized anti-violence centre in Palestine and it has been executed and technically supported by UN Women since 2008,withfunding by the Government of Italy until2012 and the Government of Iceland since 2013.

The Center has been established as a pilot in close cooperation with the Palestinian Government, local and international NGOs and the civil society in compliance with human-right based standards and policies for protection of women and children victims and survivors of violence. The project addresses the phenomenon of violence against women holistically by focusing on prevention of violence through community sensitization, as well as protection and social re-integration of victims and survivors of violence. It also advocates for the adoption of national laws, policies and mechanisms ensuring women`s victims the right to live in safety and dignity, while ending impunity for perpetrators of violence. 

Since 2011 and benefitting from UN Women support in the institutionalization of Mehwar experience, the Mehwar Centre has been recognized by the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Palestinian Authority more broadly, as a national model for the development of standards of sheltering services for women across Palestine, besides serving as a base for the specialization of other sectors - including judicial and security sectors and legislative bodies - in addressing violence against women. Thanks to UN Women core funds, the Mehwar Centre has also established the first victim-based comprehensive data collection system on violence against women.

The Mehwar Centre is run by 22 highly trained professionals, it operates under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs and provides a protected shelter for up to 35 women and their children together with social and legal counseling psychosocial support, health care, and legal representation in courts. Additionally the Mehwar Centre provides social and legal support services to families in distress, outreach and community sensitization programmes, including a nursery and a gym for children and women of the community. Mehwar team was awarded with the Human Rights Defender Price (2010) by the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

Since its opening, 304 women and 69 children victims and survivors of violence and under life threat were protected and empowered while sheltered and 267 sheltered women were reintegrated into the society through multi-stakeholder supported plans. 230 sheltered women and 109 women from outreach cases received legal counseling and about 1,430 family members benefited from Mehwar`s social and legal counseling. About 135 sheltered women benefited from vocational training opportunities with 56 training courses (nursing, medical secretariat, sewing and fashion design, hair dressing, jewelry design and handicraft, computer skills, English) and 49 women sheltered in Mehwar were provided job opportunities; 19 sheltered women who studied and worked outside the Centre benefited from a peer group support.

Owing to Mehwar the followings have been achieved:
     1. A mechanism for the protection and reintegration of women, girls, and children victims of violence and under life-threat;
     2. The recognition and promotion of Palestinian women and children human rights within the community;
     3. Human rights-based standards and policies applied to anti-violence centers across Palestine
     4. Government engagement in the fight against VAWG, validating and supporting provision of specialized anti-violence services, and translation of CEDAW principles into national strategies, policies and mechanisms;
     5. Engagement of families of VAWG victims as women`s protection actors and empowerment advocates 

UN Women/Mehwar Centre publications (in Arabic and English): 1) Evaluation of Policies and Procedures (2011); Good Practice for Recruiting Anti-violence Centre Personnel (2012); 3) Women Agents of Change (Mehwar experience 2008-2012); Final Project Evaluation (2012). 

Partners: the Ministry of Social Affairs of Palestine, UN Women, the Government of Italy, the Government of Iceland.

Contact details:
The Mehwar Center
Bethlehem, State of Palestine
Tel. 00970-2-2748660 
Acting Director, Saeda Al-Atrash
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UN Women Palestine
Al Nouman St., Beit Hanina, Jerusalem
Tel. 00972-2-6280450 
Fax. 00972-2-6280661
Special Representative, Alia El-Yassir
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Thursday, 25 June 2015 12:35

My.COOP offers a training package and programme on the management of agricultural cooperatives that is a result of a collaborative effort involving a wide range of partners such as cooperative development agencies, cooperative colleges and universities, cooperative and producer organizations, knowledge institutes and agencies of the United Nations. Initiated by the ILO Cooperative Facility for Africa and the ILO`s Cooperative Branch, the partnership involves: Agriterra, FAO, the International Training Centre of the ILO, the Royal Tropical Institute and the Wageningen University and Research Centre, among others.

The My.COOP trainings help existing and potential managers of agricultural cooperatives to offer high quality, efficient and effective services to the cooperative members. The training and programme are based on high level know how originating from many years of training activities for trainers and trainees as well as experiences in the development of cooperatives, food security and agriculture, support to the organization of farmers, sustainable development, youth involvement in the development process, decent work and social dialogue. 

The training package includes1 trainer`s manual, 4 modules and a mobile learning toolkit:
      I. The trainer's manual. A series of learning activities for each Module and a sample training programme
      II. Module 1. Basics of agricultural cooperatives: basics of agricultural cooperatives; challenges for cooperatives; cooperative governance; management, capital formation and finance
      III. Module 2. Cooperative service provision: what are the needs of the members? ; what services to provide? ; who will provide the service?
      IV. Module 3. Supply of farm inputs: procurements of inputs; storage and stock management; selling the service
      V. Module 4. Cooperative marketing: marketing services; strategic marketing; certification
      VI. The mobile learning toolkit. Learning activities using the mobile phone to enhance classroom training before, during or after the event.

My.COOP also promotes a distance learning programme through:
     - My.COOP platform to enhance e-learning and to enable opportunities for sharing and mutual learning 
     - Information technologies: internet and social networking.

Translating of My.COOP materials to understandable local languages is a key element of the package. This ensures that the material can be widely used for different audiences.
Materials are also often adapted to the local context, including references to local legislation and specificities as well as adopting an adequate visual appearance. Some countries have included a completely separate module about national legislation on cooperatives.


  • Agriterra - Netherlands, Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen, CIDIN - Netherlands,
  • The Cooperative College of Kenya (CCK) - Kenya
  • Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets (ESFIM), a partnership between national farmers` organizations from eleven countries and AGRINATURA.
  •  ILO (Cooperatives Unit)
  • The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO)
  • FAO
  • National Federation of Agricultural Producers, KENFAP - Kenya
  • Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies (MUCCOBS) - Tanzania
  • Nigerian Cooperative Development Center, NCDC - Nigeria.
  • The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam - Netherlands.
  • Uganda Cooperative Alliance Ltd. (UCA) - Uganda.
  • Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR) - Netherlands

In addition, there are other countries where My.COOP has been used and/or adapted to projects with local partners, including Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Nepal, Egypt, South Africa, etc. 

Contact details:
Casablanca, Morroco
Alaoui Solaimani Youssef, Cooperatives and Social Economy Expert
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Friday, 19 May 2017 12:23

Farmers in Algeria need better industrial equipment that requires substantial investments. Since enacting the Ordinance No. 09-01 of 22 July 2009 on the Supplementary Finance Act for 2009 the country has been implementing the Public Private Partnership to stimulate investments in the agriculture.

Under the guidance of the Ministry of Agriculture 174 pilot farms in the area of 155,368 hectares were selected with the aim to rehabilitate and increase the production capacity, including basic seeds, plant and brood stock for strategic sectors; improve managerial conditions; Introduce innovative techniques. Pilots farms were reorganized into the joint stock companies and proposed the following guiding principles for partnership:

  • Production of quality genetic material and inputs needed for agricultural development;
  • Development of agricultural investment with partners in accordance with national economic legislation;
  • Prioritization of activities to preserve the national genetic heritage;
  • Participation in priority to cover the needs of the national market.

The two modes of partnership were adopted:

  • Call for competition, carried out in two phases:
    • Call for expressions of interest for the elaboration of a short-list of candidates with technical references and proven financial capacities
    • Invitation to tender, sanctioned by an evaluation of offers and business-plans (amount of the investment - its nature – duration of the investment- method of financing-destination of the production and the foreseeable benefits).
  • Little by Little, on the initiative of the Minister of Agriculture and after informing the Prime Minister (President of the State Participation Council), in the following cases:
    • The project is of priority and national importance;
    • The partnership project is of proven technological interest;
    • The partnership project contributes to a significant satisfaction of domestic demand for inputs or agricultural products dependent on imports;
    • The call for expressions of interest is declared unsuccessful.

17 pilot farms have been the subject of a partnership agreement in dairy cattle breeding, aviculture, arboriculture, market gardening. The amount of investments committed is estimated at 8 266 999 000 Algerian Dinars. The pilot farms have shown the following rates of investment return:

  • <200%: 2 farms
  • From 50 to 100%: 3 farms
  • From 20 to 49%: 3 farms
  • From 1 to 19%: 5 farms
  • 0%: 4 farms.

Based on the successful implementation of PPP in the pilot farms the National Agriculture Policy confirms the PPP as a new driver of agricultural growth and encourages cooperation and partnership as a privileged tool for the transfer of know-how and technical assistance.

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries of Algeria
Ms. Saida Dramchini, Chief of Staff
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Phone: +213 23 50 31 56

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:06

The traditional drought indexes provide information monthly or more rarely used for the post evaluation of the drought damage. In the 2015 the General Directorate of Water Management and the University of Szeged initiated a new solution Drought and Water Scarcity Management System (DWMS) as an effective tool to support the water management for irrigation and other agricultural activities. With the new drought index that supplies daily information in real time and enables to take effective measures in time this solution decreases the damage of the drought during the extreme weather conditions.

As a first step a workgroup of experts was established to evaluate the existing drought indexes in the world. As was determined all of these indexes are suitable for follow-up analysis, but cannot be used for operational actions. For this reason, a new daily calculated index was developed and  DWMS has been developed.

This system consists of the three main components:

  • Monitoring: precipitation, temperature, soil moisture, data transmission. This monitoring system supports the effective water management, and it has additional features which support the “smart agriculture”.
  • Evaluation methodology: New drought index (Hungarian Drought Index) 
    • Concept of the Hungarian Drought Index (HDI)
    • Daily calculated and modular – enable the fast response during the droughty period – no more drought index with this frequency. The international indexes enable the post evaluation, but do not support the operational actions. The highest frequency of these indexes min. 1 month.
    • Basic value: HDI0 – needs only precipitation and temperature (archive and recent).
    • Extended with stress factor: HDI0* S (S=depend on the previous time period – 10 days – precipitation and heat days).
    • Extended with stress factor and soil moisture factors: HDI0* S * k
    • k= soil moisture factor (combination of the soil moisture factor in the upper soil layer (0-35 cm) and deeper soil layer (35 – 80 cm).
    • This index supplies useable daily information on the current drought situation, supporting the actions on state level.
  • New laws: Introducing the drought management system into the national legislation with the principle “Limits according the HDI – Actions according the limits”. The new laws regulate the responsibility of the state in a drought situation and also ensure financial resources to support the system.

The DWMS can be used as well for the “smart agriculture”:

  • Pest and disease control
    • Optimize Spray timing
    • Reduce crop loss
    • Reduce chemical residue in crop, soil and ground water
    • Provide traceability records: What? When? Why?
  • Frost protection
  • Irrigation support.

Budget: Build-up and operation of a new monitoring network consisting of 16-20 stations on pilot area approx. 20 thousand square km area costs 400,000 EUR 

Partner: The University of Szeged (Hungary)

Contact information:
General Directorate of Water Management, Ministry of Interior of Hungary
Telephone: +36303717059
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:22

The India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Fund is a remarkable example of cooperation among three developing countries and constitutes a pioneering initiative to implement South-South cooperation for the benefit of other Southern countries in partnership with the UN system. Its purpose is to identify replicable and scalable projects that can be disseminated to interested developing countries as examples of best practices in the fight against poverty and hunger. It was established in 2004 and became operational in 2006.

This initiative brought solar energy to 20 villages. It expanded the solar energy component of a finalized IBSA project in Guinea-Bissau, incorporating lessons from the pilot 5 villages that received and have since been using solar equipment. By providing access to energy, this project enormously enhanced village life. For example, indoor lighting in schools permits studies by adults and other village activities during the evening. Solar water pumps reduce the hardships of obtaining water from wells, making it accessible at fountains or as running water. Street lighting and portable lanterns for village officials provide enhanced security, and cell phone chargers in community centres facilitate connectivity and sometimes even serve as a source of income for village associations. 

The project was implemented in July 2011- December 2013. Read more.


  • Broadened access to energy for 10,000 individuals in a vulnerable group category: rural populations, with a particular emphasis on women and children.
  • Improved environment for education, sanitation, safety and an enhanced quality of life.
  • Increased community engagement in more inclusive governance practices, particularly in the management of its solar power and micro-utilities.
  • Advanced environmental sustainability through development practices based on clean energy.
  • Sharing of solar technology: 10,000 villagers benefitted from solar equipment including street lights, indoor lights for schools and community centres, chargers of cell phones and other light battery operated equipment and solar water pumps.
  • Capacity-building: 120 beneficiaries (representing 5 per villages and 62 per cent female) participated in workshops on village mobilization and pro-activism with a focus on the management of solar energy systems. “Solar grandmothers” trained by the Barefoot College in India shared experiences on micro-utility operations and maintenance and on female participation in these activities. Solar Energy Committees formed in all partner villages are discussing with the IBSA coordination team the provision of their inputs to the projects (construction materials, etc.).
  • Infrastructure development: Civil works necessary for the installation of the solar equipment were advanced by partner villages as their contribution to this project. These included construction of fountains to be linked to solar water pumps, repairs to school and community centre walls or ceilings in order to host equipment, and fencing for protection against theft.

Challenges encountered:

  • This project benefits from the lessons learned during the first IBSA projects in Guinea-Bissau, particularly the pilot initiative providing solar energy equipment. It incorporated concerns about community organization for the management of micro-utilities, as well as the safety and security of solar energy systems.
  • Heavy rains have caused important damage to solar panels in one of the partner villages.

More information: Full evaluation report (in French) 

Replication: The positive outcomes of the project are directly related to the improvement of the quality of life of the populations. The solar systems had an impact on health,  education of children and adults, access to water, security, which are all conditions for reducing vulnerability and poverty.

Budget : USD 596,305

Contact details: 
IBSA Fund SecretariatUnited Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in United Nations Development Programme
304 East 45th Street, FF-12
New York, NY, 10017 
Ms. Ines Tofalo, Programme Specialist
telephone: 212 906 5123
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Created in 2001, the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation of Madagascar (CAMM), supports enterprises to manage their conflicts, determine the best way to quickly solve them, and ensure the security of their investments and continuity of their business. In order integrate the CAMM into the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Antananarivo (CCIA), Madagascar asked for advice from partners. The country was supported by UNDP, CMAP (Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris), CAMCO (Centre d’Arbitrage, de Médiation et de Conciliation de Ouagadougou), São Tomé and  Principe and "Groupements Patronaux Malgaches". The goal of that solution was mainly to prepare CCIA and private sector’s CEOs to the new model of the arbitration center and the role they will play in its functioning.

A delegation composed of CCIA members and a private sector representative were sent to Paris and Ouagadougou in 2011.

The CAMM was integrated into the CCIA in 2012, based on the French and Burkinabe models This new structure gives better tools to Malagasy companies for commercial dispute resolution. It also goes beyond its arbitration duties, by promoting legal training to make local companies more legally secure.


  • The CAMM continues to operate without outside support
  • The role of CCIA has been reinforced.
  • Links between CCIA and the private sector have been increased.

Contact details: 
Centre d’Arbitrage et de Médiation de Madagascar
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie d’Antananarivo
20, Rue Henry Razanatseheno
Tel : +261 (0) 20 22 202 12

Mission of technical assistance provided by the Ministry of Civil Service & State Reform of Burkina Faso for the Ministry of Civil Service, Labour & Social Security in Burundi, in order to:

  1. Share the experience of Burkina Faso on digital archiving and security; and
  2. Help Burundi develop a roadmap for electronic archiving of public servants’ case files within 5 years.

This project is part of the National Programme on the Reform of the Administration (PNRA). The overall objective of is to increase the performance of the Administration of Burundi. The archiving system will indeed improve the recording of files and also allow them to be treated more rapidly. The project will also allow the country to go a step further with the automatization of the management of human resources, and so improve the quality of the services provided to the citizens. More precisely, the system will allow registering 50 files at the same time in a file management system, in about10 minutes. Public servants will also be able to access online to all files by using their own password.

The project was implemented in 2013, through collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Service & State Reform Burkina Faso that sent two experts in this field and with the support of UNDP.

The collaboration between these partners has led to the achievement of the objectives. The partnership built through this arrangement has enabled a transfer of knowledge and practices which are fundamental to contribute to the reform of the national public administration in Burundi.


  • Creation of a road map for achieving electronic archiving within 5 years validated by the Ministry of Civil Service, Labour & Social Security;
  • Enable Burundian civil servants to store and access more rapidly to resources that are crucial for the execution of the state’s mission and services.

Contact details: 
Ministry of Civil Service & State Reform
Minister: Soungalo Ouattara
BP 7006
Burkina Faso

These countries have been selected as pilot countries, due to their significant vulnerability to climate change, coupled with their endowment of fragile mountain ecosystems upon which a multitude of communities and economic activities depend.

The Ecosystems-based Adaptation (EbA) in Mountains Programme is a global partnership jointly implemented by UNDP, UNEP and IUCN from 2011-2015, with funding from the Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). While global in scope, Uganda, Nepal and Peru were selected as pilot countries, due to their significant vulnerability to climate change, coupled with their endowment of fragile mountain ecosystems upon which a multitude of communities and economic activities depend.

The overarching Programme goal is to strengthen capacities of the involved governments and local communities to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the effects of climate change using EbA measures in targeted mountain ecosystems.

Expected programme results include:

  • New and field tested methodologies and decision-making tools for EbA, including Vulnerability & Impact Assessments;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation centered on ecosystem resilience; and
  • Capacities and knowledge of all involved stakeholders (national, district and local level government, local communities and civil society organizations) will be enhanced for planning and implementing both early action “No Regrets” and longer-term EbA measures through pilot activities in target mountain ecosystems.

Based on evidence emerging from these processes, lessons will also be generated on how to use cost-benefit analyses to make an economic case for specific EbA measures. In close collaboration with key government agencies, evidence and lessons will be generated on how to mainstream EbA into broader district and national policy and financing frameworks. These lessons can be scaled-up and shared as policy examples at regional and global levels beyond the three pilot countries. Overall, the resilience to climate change of targeted mountain ecosystems and their local custodians will be enhanced.

More information on the project is available here


  • Methodologies and tools for EbA decision making developed
  • EbA methodologies and tools applied at ecosystem level
  • EbA pilot projects implemented in each pilot country and contributing towards ecosystem resilience and reduction of livelihood vulnerability in the face of climate change impacts
  • Business case for EbA at the local and national levels developed
  • New learning and knowledge on EbA generated


  • Learning materials were generated from the project to share best practices and knowledge:
  • Introduction to Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A nature-based response to climate change
  • Generating multiple benefits from Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystems
  • Making the economic case for Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Making the case for policy change and financing for Ecosystem-based Adaptation

 The project was funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB): Euro 11.5 million

Contact details: 
Caroline Petersen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tine Rossing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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