RforD's job consists in joining all these interests and making them
work towards a common goal: deployment and commercialisation
of RE on a large scale in developing countries.
Joining all stakeholders interests', organising their co-operation and
tapping all their respective resources takes a lot of time and energy
that each stakeholder alone can't spare. That's why RforD was set up.
sure every stakeholder is involved directly or indirectly in a development
project increases the chances that the project will be operative over
a long life-cycle. Long-term project sustainability is a condition for
economic viability. Only long and regular operation times allow the
owners of the RE production site to collect enough income
enabling them to repay their loans.
communities are the major beneficiaries of newly installed RE production
sites. Their preparation for and involvement in projects is crucial.
RforD Focal Point are in charge of empowerment of rural communities.
Empowerment comprises mainly commercial and technical training:
Creation of Ownership
Structures & Establishment of RE Enterprises
poor are needed to become the future owners and directors of their small
hydropower station, their windmill, their biogas generator or their
RforD Focal Points will identify entrepreneurial poor who are ready
and motivated to engage in economic activity. Such people might lack
the skills of running a business. However, what counts is their readiness
to break their poverty cycle.
RforD Focal Points help in choosing the most appropriate ownership structure.
We prefer community ownership as this allows more people to benefit
from the income of power sales and avoids the exploitation of the rest
of the community by one monopoly owner. However, the most adequate enterprise
structure depends on local habits and individual case assessment.