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Energy and innovation


icona ambientelavori per irrigazioneImplementation of eco-system services and green economy for the economic and social development in the region of Matam, Senegal



Region of Matam, Districts of Matam and Kanel



From April 1, 2012 to May 30, 2015



This project, implemented in Senegal in the region of Matam, identifies in the spreading of renewable energy a boost to the economic development of the area of intervention and develops along three lines of intervention:

  • rural electrification reaching the various villages and more isolated communities;
  • the establishment of a social enterprise, as an incubator of economic initiatives to develop with the contribution of renewable energy;
  • the growth of quality training offer with the strengthening of technical and vocational training centres in the area.

The project therefore represents an integrated model that enhances green economy technologies, that support the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture and technical and specialized training.
The constitution of the social enterprise and technical and specialist training planned will be the fruit of the joint efforts of a high profile team of international partners in close collaboration with the Senegalese institutions. It should be highlighted also that the project was generated within a broader program connected to the Sustain campaign promoted by ENEA and by the Italian Ministry of Education, that provides for the donation of photovoltaic kits by Italian schools to African schools without electricity.




  • Promote the use of solar energy in production activities (agriculture or services ) and social use (basic electrification)
  • Create and disseminate technical competences to guarantee continuity and sustainability to the application of new technologies, through the establishment of a partnership of excellence in research, in innovation in technical and vocational training and through the constitution of an incubator social enterprise.



  • Production of a preliminary study on the spreading and use of renewable energy sources already available in the territory of intervention.
  • Identification of the different opportunities of application of renewable energies on the basis of the more suitable types (photovoltaic and thermal) to satisfy the energy needs of the population.
  • Definition of an integrated plan for the introduction of solar technologies identified and collaboration with the three vocational training centres involved to optimize their contribution in terms of research and innovation to employ within the process of the constitution of a social enterprise.
  • Organization of a campaign for the purpose of identifying those subjects who can use solar energy for production and economic purposes.
  • Implementation of training programs on the use of new technologies with the consultancy of experts. Access to the training program is guaranteed on the basis of a process of selection.
  • Creation and distribution of financial products targeted at entrepreneurs and renewable energy consumers.
  • Installation of solar powered pumps for drinking water supply to at least 8 villages (approx. 12,000 people) that are not reached by the public water distribution service. The pumps installed will be managed by the Consumer Associations (ASUFOR) as established by Senegalese law. Other solar powered pumps will be installed to supply the "drop by drop" irrigation systems in the areas in the vicinity of the river (reducing thus the quantity of water pumped from the river).
  • Installation of solar greenhouses at household level for the desalination and purification of water.
  • Introduction, in at least 10 schools, of photovoltaic panels to satisfy the need for electrical power.



Direct beneficiaries:

  • 600 people, students and teachers of the 3 CFTP (vocational training centres), 60% of whom are women.
  • 360 family members of the 90 members (of whom 45 women) of six pilot micro-businesses.
  • 700 family members of the members of the twenty new production micro-businesses.
  • 400 family members of 100 farmers.
  • The staff of the storage and trading consortium enterprise that will associate production micro businesses, farmers and livestock breeders of the territory of intervention.
  • 12,000 people supplied with drinking water (8 villages of about 1,500 inhabitants each) through the ASUFOR (local water service consumer associations with mandate to manage rural water provision).
  • 5,000 students who will have electricity in school.
  • 20,000 people sensitized on the issue of protection of the environment and use of renewable energy.

Beneficiari indiretti:

The Training centres of Ourosogui, Waounde and Matam that will become a catalyst centre for the activities related to installation and maintenance carried out by the social enterprise.




Total value:
2.560.993 €


Principal funder:

maeMinistero degli Affari Esteri (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


Green Cross Italia
SAHEL 3000
Institut Sénégalais de Recherche Agricole (ISRA)

Other institutions involved:
Union Rurale des Mutuelles d'Epargne et Crédit du Sénégal (URMECS), Senegal
Rotary Club Alto Casertano, Italy