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QUARTERLY REPORT JULY-SEPTEMBER 2000 VOLUME l: Status Report on Masters Degree Scholarship Program and Short-Term Training Activities

Compiled By

AFREPREN/FWD Secretariat

Executive Summary

With most of the researches in AFREPREN/FWDs core theme groups (Energy Sector Reform, Energy Services for the Urban Poor, and Renewables and Energy for Rural Development) having submitted their outputs for the months of April - June, 2000, 6-months contracts (July - December, 2000) were sent to the researchers. This effectively launched the studies with the major outputs expected being the 1st and 2nd draft research reports.

During the July - August, 2000 period, the guidelines for the Special Studies of Strategic Significance theme group were reviewed and approved by AFREPREN/FWDS principal donor, Sida/SAREC.  In addition, a call for proposals was made inviting participation in the theme group.

Preparations for the National Policy Seminars are well underway.  The guidelines have been dispatched to the various National Focal Point coordinators.  These seminars are to begin in September, 2000.  To date, one seminar has taken place in Zimbabwe. 

AFREPREN/FWD successfully held an Energy Training Workshop on Renewable Energy Technologies on 28th August - 1st September, 2000 in Nairobi, Kenya.  This workshop covered solar, wind, hydro and biomass technologies.

One of the activities that took longer that expected were the expected AFREPREN/FWD manuscripts. These are currently being worked on and will be submitted by the end of year 2000.

This report covers the activities carried out by the AFREPREN/FWD Secretariat during the period of July - September, 2000.  It highlights some of the challenges faced in meeting the given deadlines, the progress made, and presents the workplan for the remainder of the year.  It also provides an impact assessment of the work carried out by AFREPREN/FWD.

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