East African Energy Technology Development Network - Uganda (ENERGY NETWORK - EAETDN)'s mission is to promote appropriate, sustainable and accessible energy solutions to low-income households and enterprises through research, networking, gender and capacity building.
Our motto is to develop energy technologies for improved livelihoods, environmental protection & sustainable development.
EAETDN is a Ugandan-registered energy network established in November 1998. This networking organisation aims at increasing energy access for households and enterprise development through promoting energy for productive use as well as wellbeing. The organization was started by 25 organisations, with 5 from Uganda and others from Kenya as well as Tanzania. In Uganda alone the Energy Network has grown into a membership of 35 (companies, NGOs and individual energy entrepreneurs) and over 60 to 100 linkages to community groups that deal with enterprises and community work.
EAETDN is currently implementing the Developing Energy Enterprises Project (DEEP) East Africa in Uganda that aims at increasing efficient energy access to underserved rural and peri-urban areas through a chain of energy enterprises in those areas. To date, DEEP has trained over 100 energy entreprenuers who are implementing their energy business ideas in their communities, particularly in alternative energy technologies.
EAETDN is also an implementing partner for the African Biogas Partnership and is taking part in Uganda's National Biogas Programme (NBP) implemetation in collaboration with SNV and HIVOS. This programme will see 20,000 biogas plants installed in households around Uganda. This will greatly reduce indoor air pollution. EAETDN is a member of the NBP taskforce.
In partnership with AHEAD Energy, EAETDN installed institutional cook stoves at Peace Primary School in Kampala that evidently reduced the smoke emissions that used to affect the cooks, and also reduced the budgets spent on fuel for cooking.
Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas
EAETDN uses awareness raising activities to educate people about better energy technologies in situations when socio-cultural barriers become a hinderance. EAETDN does not put emphasis on removing the social-cultural aspects of communities, but on improving them and one-on-one discussions on the need for their improvement.
EAETDN promotes enterprise-based approaches to the promotion of efficient and clean cooking and lighting technologies. In addition, EAETDN builds the capacity of local artisan enterprenuers which ensures that knowledge and capacity are spread at the grassroots levels to target the direct beneficiaries.
EAETDN-Uganda carries out focused enterprise market development activities to support energy enterprises access new underserved energy markets, with an aim of increasing access to clean, modern and renewable energy.
In addition, EAETDN-Uganda works to raise the standards of the emerging market economies by support quality products that have standards like warranties, customer feed-back structures, long usability lifetime, etc.
EAETDN carried out a score stove survey with Uganda's Energy Ministry, and is working together with its members in carrying out research on better stove technologies (currently working on research on a smoke-free sawdust briquette stove).
Monitoring is done on an institutional and household basis, rural and peri-urban settings, and is mainly done through our Network members.
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Our Contribution to the Partnership
EAETDN will continue to promote energy technologies that are healthy and give off less emissions, thereby reducing indoor air pollution. EAETDN will continue to seek and open up to collaborations in addition to sharing the skills and experience achieved over the years.