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Big Opportunities for Small Communities: Enabling rural ICT access through solar PVs

May 26, 2014

Project Number: SLE/SGP/OP5/STAR/ CC/14/02/041 Country: Sierra Leone Area Of Work: Climate Change Mitigation Operational Phase: Phase 5 Grant Amount: US$ 25,116.00 Co-Financing cash: US$ 3,000.00 Start Date: 3/2014 End Date: 9/2014 Status: Currently under execution Project Description: RESO has been working since 2010 to educate communities on the use of computers and ICTs, and provide access and services throughout the country.This project is meant to develop a site that can be a model for other similar communities to follow. As there are many communities that do not have access to electricity, efforts to showcase solar energy connected to ICTs can trigger activities that address these issues and bring about quality education to rural school students and people in the surrounding communities. Other project activities will include instructing people in the surrounding communities in the use of computers and the internet. Local technicians and businesses will be trained to install and maintain the solar energy system for the school. Through demonstrating the benefits of solar energy to the community, it is expected that there will be increased demand for solar home systems and resulting work for these technicians and businesses. Grantee: Renewable Energy Solutions Organisation Mission : For GEF SGP, the community-based approach is the cornerstone for addressing local and global environmental and sustainable development challenges. SGP provides grants to civil society organizations (CSOs), notably national and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), and indigenous peoples organizations. SGP grantees may also include other not-for-profit organizations such as professional associations, unions and other civil society groups. By enabling a direct connection between sustainable livelihoods and the generation of local and global livelihoods, SGP empowers communities to act and participate in their own development and hence ensures community ownership and impact. Over the course of the last 20 years, SGP has provided grants to over 12,000 grantees with 64 percent of grants channeled to NGOs, 34 percent to CBOs, and 2 percent to other not-for-profit organizations. More than 60 percent of projects have directly benefitted communities either through direct grants to CBOs or through other NGOs and CSOs working with communities. Project Partner : GEF Secretariat 1818 H Street, NW, Mail Stop P4-400 Washington, DC 20433 USA Tel: (202) 473-0508 Fax: (202) 522-3240/3245 Email:

Project completion date : 2014-09-30 12:00:00


Address : 55 wilkinson road Freetown, western area, 23222

Country :Sierra Leone

Financier : Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),

Financier address : United Nations Development Programme One United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 Tel: +1 (212) 906-5000 Call: +1 (212) 963-1234

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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