Visit to REPIC Projects
A journey in November 2015 led the REPIC Steering Group and a REPIC Secretariat staff member to Ethiopia and Uganda. Although the time was relatively limited, the REPIC team gained considerable insight on the supported projects’ environment and could meet the local partners from the Swiss institutions.
- Uganda: Energy from Septic Tank Sludge; an EAWAG (Sandec) project
- Ethiopia: Rural Electrification with Photovoltaics; Sahay Solar Solutions and Stiftung Solarenergie
The goal of this trip was to gain further awareness on the projects‘ specific context and to learn whether the REPIC Platform’s orientation is relevant and effective. On one hand, the findings are that:
a) The project planners‘ feedback complies with the conditions in the field;
b) the local partners are highly competent;
c) for sustainable impact and replication of good framework conditions, customized business models and professional customer services are decisive elements.