How clean energy can power a COVID-19 recovery

As the coronavirus COVID-19 gains ground in the world’s poorest regions, it will hit the most vulnerable the hardest by adding an unprecedented health and economic crisis to existing poverty and climate crises. This multifaceted crisis will keep adding pressure to fragile communities. It calls for a comprehensive and collaborative response. And at the root of it is clean energy; essential to help countries prepare, respond, and recover from COVID-19 crisis.  

International players mobilize to support the African solar industry through challenging times

While many countries around the globe are making their first steps into deconfinement, many specialists are already warning about the financial aftermath of the pandemic and the potential economic tsunami on the global economy.

In an effort to proactively support the nascent African solar industry, several organizations have been working on dedicated mechanisms to bring entrepreneurs and SMEs the necessary funds and support to pass through this difficult period. Below is a list of some initiatives currently available:

GAMBIA: IRENA encourages renewable energy take-up

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) praises the Gambian government's efforts to promote renewable energy production while encouraging the country to further adopt clean energy in its electrification projects.

Bah F M Saho assumes the role as Acting Executive Director of ECREEE

Bah F M Saho, Acting Executive Director of ECREEE

Until his appointment with ECREEE in 2010, Mr. Saho served as the Director of Energy in the Gambia from December 2000. In the Gambia, he was responsible for the overall national energy policy planning, formulation and implementation of programmes and projects, including renewable energy and energy efficiency. Some of Mr.


Mr. Mahama Kappiah: Outgoing Executive Director ECREEE

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) bids farewell to its pioneer Executive Director, Mr. Mahama Kappiah, after ten years heading the Centre. Effective May 1, 2020, Mr. Kappiah has been appointed to serve as the ECOWAS Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York by the President of the ECOWAS Commission.

2nd Lights on Women Scholarship

A diverse talent pool is a key driver of innovative and inclusive solutions to advance the energy transition. The FSR invites women in energy and climate who are changemakers in their area of expertise to apply for the 2nd Lights on Women Scholarship! 

The 2nd Lights on Women Scholarship by the FSR offers four scholarships to women contributing to innovative energy solutions, research and initiatives that accelerate the energy transition.

WAHO Statement on World Malaria Day 2020

Bobo-Dioulasso 25 April 2020 – Today, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) joins the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership to End Malaria to celebrate World Malaria Day 2020, with the theme “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”.

ECOWAS Recognizes Umaro Sissoco Embalo as the President of Guinea Bissau

H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embalo, President of Guinea Bissau

Abuja, April 22, 2020 - The commitment and support of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to work alongside Guinea Bissau to resolve the political and institutional crisis facing the country for several years has led to the establishment of the electoral cycle, which culminated in the conduct of presidential elections on 29 December 2019.