Strategic studies

IED contributes to drafting policy documents for the development of energy services on a national or regional scale. IED thus assists governments, regional organisations or international financial institutions with formulating intervention policies and strategies. Here are a few examples:

 2005: White paper for access to modern energy services in West Africalivre blanc CEDEAO

In 2005, IED wrote the white paper for access to modern energy services in all 15 countries of the ECOWAS. This policy document was adopted by the ECOWAS energy ministers in December 2005.

2012: Regional Renewable Energy Policy for West Africa

In 2012, IED worked on drafting a regional policy document for renewable energy in the countries that make up the ECOWAS. The overall objective of this policy was to promote the development of renewable energy sources in the region. The ECOWAS ministers adopted the policy during the ECOWAS Energy Summit in October 2012.

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This study was conducted in 2010 on behalf of the French Agency for Development, AFD. The goal of the study was to develop new approaches and capitalise on methodologies around the subject of providing access to electricity to all in Sub-Saharan Africa.


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Knowledge sharing

Through its involvement in a number of international networks, IED plays an active role in sharing experiences on an international level, whether with financial backers, national institutions or specialised private companies.

IED is or has been a member of the following networks:

 2002/2006: Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Fund (GEF)

 Since 2002: President of the French association PEXE's renewable energy group until 2006, then maintained member status. PEXE's objectives are to promote collaborations between French companies working in the environment sector, encourage their international development, and create a sector of excellence in the field of eco-activities.

 Since 2006: Coordination of the group working on task 9 of the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA-PVPS): deploying photovoltaic services for regional development
 Since 2010: Board member of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).

In 2002, IED was a driving force in the creation of CLUB–ER, the Club of National Agencies and CLUB-ER Logo 3PantStructures in charge of Rural Electrification. The objectives of this club are to build the capacities of members and increase South-South exchanges. Since 2005, IED has held the role of CLUB-ER secretary. In 2012, CLUB-ER had 33 members from 26 African countries.

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Capacity building and training

Our commitment to training and the transfer of knowledge is an integral part of our approach, as we are convinced that it is crucial to guaranteeing the sustainability of our projects. We organise capacity building sessions either as part of projects or independently. These are aimed at all types of stakeholders in the sector: ministries in charge of energy, rural electrification agencies, national electricity company, engineering firms, engineering schools, independent consultants, operators of electricity systems.

The training programmes offered by IED draw on the actual experience of the instructors. They are comprehensive and follow a step-by-step approach to ensure participants become completely self-reliant in the subjects covered. The training sessions can be held at the client's premises, at the IED head office, or at the offices of IED's subsidiaries.

Examples of training courses:

 Economic and financial analysis of decentralised rural electrification systems
 Sizing of hybrid PV/diesel plants
 Forecast analysis of electricity demand
 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and cartography of villages
 Electrical studies of networks
 Mechanical studies of networks
 Setup of small hydro projects (SHP)