Putting ingenious ideas to work in

West Africa

By helping people grow more food and overcome energy challenges.

 

Empowerment and energy

The West Africa region includes the 15 countries of the West African economic union (ECOWAS), which are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. It also includes Chad and Mauritania.

Economic growth and regional cooperation have improved here in recent years. However, ongoing conflict with extremist groups, including Al Qaeda and Boko Haram, has forced more than 2.6 million people to flee escalating violence in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Mali. This forced migration creates additional challenges for the people who live here, in what is already one of the world’s poorest regions.

People are mainly reliant on agriculture for their livelihoods and have little or no access to reliable and affordable energy. This reduces their capacity to earn a decent living, to adapt to long-term climate changes and to endure and recover from shorter-term climate shocks such as droughts and floods.

We provide independent and professional technical assistance and advisory services to governments, NGOs, donors and the private sector. We work through a global team of more than 500 development professionals and other experts operating across the region. Our West Africa HQ is in Senegal, in the capital, Dakar.

Climate emergencies are set to make life even more difficult for farmers in West Africa. Our work helps them become more resilient.

 

Recognition

We’ve been awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize in recognition of our pioneering approach to renewable energy and sustainability.

 

Funding Partners

Funding partners and clients for our work in West Africa include:

  • Department for International Development – UK
  • USAID
  • Africa Clean Energy
  • AECF
  • ECREEE
  • Global Climate Partnership Fund
  • Open Capital
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)