Power Kick for Africa 2011

International Conference on Renewable Energy and Gender

June 29 – July 01, 2011 Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria

powerkick_210px_14The 3rd international conference of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) on the topic of „Renewable Energy & Gender“ was jointly organized by AREA, the World Future Council (WFC) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Nigeria, partnering with the Energy Commission of Nigeria and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).

The conference assembled policy makers, representatives from business and civil society to facilitate a pan-african information exchange. The participants consulted about policies, technologies and financial mechanisms for the deployment of renewable energies in Africa, reflecting the fact that gender is a main determinant that defines access, ways of utilization, opportunities and control over all energy resources. As renewable energy could be a tool for gender equality and women empowerment, gender perspectives are a critical component of policy making at all levels.

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Solar Powered Screening of the FIFA Women’s World Cup matches Nigeria vs. France/ Nigeria vs. Germany

June 26/30, 2011 Institut Français Abuja, Nigeria

The interconnection of renewable energy and gender will be highlighted during a solar powered public screening of the Women‘s Football World Cup in Abuja, as the Nigerian national team has qualified for the tournament in Germany.

Building on the positive experiences of “Power Kick for Africa” conducted in June 2010 in Ghana in a rural off-grid setting, this year‘s screening of the Women‘s World Cup in Nigeria‘s capital will combine the theoretical discourse of the conference with a powerful demonstration of renewable energy in an urban context.

To supply reliable and sustainable power for the football screening, the venue will be equipped with solar PV by our partner Bosch Solar Energy AG. They also provide an information container showcasing the advantages of renewable energy that is to tour Nigeria after the event. Ideally, the surplus of energy production at the venue could be fed into the Nigerian national electricity grid.
Using this emotional, attractive and tangible approach of knowledge transfer we aim to:

  • Contribute to the successful implementation of a renewable energy feed-in tariff (RE FiT) legislation in Nigeria and other African countries,
  • Counter prejudices on renewable energy (RE),
  • Deliver feasible, sustainable RE solutions in the context of modern city live,
  • Accelerate the uptake of RE across Africa,
  • Foster international cooperation on sustainable development based on access to RE,
  • Highlight the importance of gender issues and women‘s empowerment for societies‘ development.
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