partners are those whose cooperation with RforD is not confined
to one country or project.
Private or institutional investors, foundations, development
and environmental funds, agencies and banks, they are all involved
in RforD capacity building and RforD projects.
NGOs in RE, Environment or Development
Internationally active NGOs mostly have large contact networks
that do prove useful in many cases. Similar aims and complementary
activities are enough reasons for cooperation.
RET (Renewable Energy Technology) equipment producer count among
RforD's main partners from the industry. RET supplier often
are of European origin as the best and most reliable technology
still stems from the European continent. However, RforD is conscious
about the importance of developing a local production base for
RET in developing countries in order to supply equipment at
moderate cost along with the required maintenance and repair
service industry - both largely inexistent so far.
To benefit at the same time from European quality and developing
country's low production cost, RforD encourages RET enterprises
from both sides to join their efforts in joint-ventures or any
other from of cooperation (see programs - RET
RforD has built up relations with the UN-System, notably UNIDO,
UNDP and UNF for support of its activities at international
Regional and Local Authorities
Political support at national and grassroots levels help keep
political risk at a low level. Government endorsement of RforD
Projects makes sure projects are in line with national development
objectives. This is especially important for CDM projects that
require formal host country approval in order to benefit from
international carbon funds.
Cooperation with authorities opens also channels for projects
to become part of national subsidised programs.
NGOs or Community Initiatives
Local NGOs are excellent partners for project developers as
they have a thorough inside knowledge of both target region
and target communities with geographic, climate and cultural
specificities. They are the closest to target communities but
have the advantage of being organised and mostly equipped with
modern information technologies.
Developers & Project Managers
Where possible, RforD integrates local initiatives and know-how
in RE projects. The aim is to create within each project a nucleus
of entrepreneurs. If candidates are existent, they are involved.
If no local initiative is found, RforD Focal Points empower
rural communities through commercial and technical training
and awareness rising.
A rather large part of total project cost come from civil engineering
and construction works for the installation of the RE production
sites. This is especially true for small hydropower. By involving
local people in project implementation, not only project cost
can be sensibly cut, but it is also a step towards identification
with and understanding of their new RE production site.
organisations have joined to manifest support for the RforD
initiative from the very beginning. They were RforD's first
partners, and their geographic location is a good illustration
for the EU - China - Bridge: RforD bridges the gap.
European Renewable Energy Council - EREC
in the Renewable Energy House in Brussels, EREC is the common
representative of the European RET industry. As an umbrella
organisation, EREC has the following members:
European Small Hydro Association
EPIA: European Photovoltaic Industry
ESIF: European Solar Industry Association
EWEA: European Wind Energy Association
EUBIA: European Biomass Industry Association
EUREC: European Renewable Energy
Research Centers Agency
Small Hydro Association - ESHA
though already linked to RforD via EREC, ESHA is a privileged
partner of RforD, as RforD is dedicated to the use of small
hydropower first, if there is enough potential available. We
believe that SHP is the first-best solution for rural electrification
if there should be a significant effect in terms of poverty
alleviation. (see development projects for details)
ESHA provides first class technology and know-how, as well as
support for project preparation to RforD.
The International Network on Small
Hydro Power - IN-SHP
is a member-based international non-profit organisation with
NGO status. It is dedicated to join the interests of its members
in the productive use of water resources worldwide in the form
of small hydropower plants, as a clean and environmentally sound
means of rural electrification and sustainable development.
IN-SHP was RforD's first partner in China.
Like RforD China, IN-SHP is located at the Hangzhou International
Center in Hangzhou, near to Shanghai.
Chinese Renewable Energy Industry
Association - CREIA
represents the "new" renewable energy industry in
China. It is still early to talk about a real industry, for
the moment the are only a few companies engaged in new RE production
and marketing. However, CREIA's missions is the preparation
of the rapid commercialisation of renewable energies in China.
CREIA is engaged in lobbying for RE and the collection of project
data. Together with RforD China, CREIA builds international
contacts and partnerships for project implementation in China.