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RDI Involvement in the Digital Biogas Global Cooperation (DiBiCoo) Workshops in Ethiopia and Ghana

On the 25th of February and 28th of February 2020, RDI Director Elisabeth Rianawati and RDI Deputy Program Manager Ichsan Hafiz was involved in the implementation of two local workshops in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Accra (Ghana) for the Digital Biogas Global Cooperation (DiBiCoo) program funded by European Union Horizon 2020 grant agreement. Under the grant agreement of the program, RDI is responsible in leading and ensuring that its implementation were a Success. The workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was held by ICEADDIS, an innovation hub and tech startup that is responsible for the DiBiCoo program in Ethiopia while the workshop in Ghana was conducted by Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Solutions (ISEES), a non-profit development organisation which has substantial experience in the field of climate mitigation, including renewable energy development.

As mandated by the DiBiCoo Consortium, local workshops in developing countries: Indonesia, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Argentina were designed to inform DiBiCoo to key local stakeholders that are prominent in the field of biogas in each countries including government entities, private sector players, financial institutions and project developers. Other than that, the workshops were also designed to facilitate dialogue between local stakeholders in order to identify preliminary conditions for the implementation of large scale biogas pilot projects in each developing countries. The aforementioned developing countries were set as target countries under DiBiCoo that will have their market developed through technology transfer, capacity building, and support of financial frameworks in collaboration with partner organisations from several countries from the European Union—thus explaining the need for these workshops to be conducted in order to identify opportunities of market development and offering features that comes with DiBiCoo as a solution for Biogas development in these developing countries.

DiBiCoo Team: RDI Indonesia, Iceaddis Ethiopia, and Greencape South Africa

Group Discussion

The local workshop in Addis Ababa that was held on the 25th of February invited prominent local stakeholders influential in biogas development within the country such as SNV, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Energy, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, the Development Bank of Ethiopia, and several private sector stakeholders. The workshop include presentation from the NBPCU presenting the National Biogas Programme of Ethiopia (NBPE+), which is the centerpiece biogas programme in Ethiopia which has installed more than 6,000 household biogas and was planning to jumpstart the implementation of 40 larger size bio-digesters until 2022. Other than that, the Development Bank of Ethiophia also presented in the workshop, outlining microfinance opportunities for renewable energy and available financing support schemes. Other than the National Biogas Program Coordination Unit and the Development Bank, ICEADDIS also presented the aim and objectives of DiBiCoo, and the features that comes with the program. In addition, Greencape from South Africa presented lessons learned from large-scale biogas implementation in the country and highlighted similarities between South Africa and Ethiopia. The Workshop also includes a fruitful Q&A session and group session. The day after the workshop, RDI team had a meeting with ICEADDIS and Greencape from South Africa to evaluate the workshop, and the steps forward for DiBiCoo implementation in Ethiopia.

In 28th of February, RDI also visited Ghana to attend the local workshop in Accra which was held by ISEES. The workshop in Accra has also successfully attracted government stakeholders such as the director of bioenergy and major financing institutions such as CTI-PFAN and also development organizations such as GIZ Ghana. Other than that, many private sector stakeholders which has experiences in the field of biogas such as SAFISANA, Biogas Association of Ghana, and several others also attended the workshop. The workshop consisted of presentations from RDI, ISEES, and the Director of Bioenergy, followed by two panel sessions with four speakers each and also a group session in the afternoon. In the workshop, RDI presented the state of renewable energy in Indonesia and our plans forward, while the director of bioenergy presented regarding Ghana’s policy framework related to Biogas, market condition in the country in regard to feedstock sectors and biogas offtakers, challenges faced by the country, and possible solutions to the issues. The bulk of the workshop was during the panel session in which eight speakers presented for five minutes in two different panel sessions. CTI-PFAN for example, presented financial mechanisms that PFAN has in place that could support biogas development by the private sector, and private sector stakeholders also presented regarding their previous experiences in biogas development or waste management.

Elisabeth Rianawati, RDI Director Presenting in Ghana Worksho

DiBiCoo Team members: RDI Indonesia and ISEES Ghana

Other than supporting other organisations in foreign countries to implement DiBiCoo, these local workshops are an amazing opportunity for RDI to learn best practices, challenges, and potential solutions related to biogas implementation in developing countries—and perhaps, bring back some of these lesson learned for our own biogas development in Indonesia. Furthermore, as a think-tank organisation, it is definitely ideal for RDI to learn detailed aspects of the local workshop execution such as improving workshop methods that is suitable for the local context and improving the quality of substance that can be acquired through workshops. Furthermore, it is important to reflect from these two local workshops in Ethiopia and Ghana to improve local workshops that will be held in Argentina and South Africa that RDI will also partake in, and certainly for RDI’s upcoming local workshop for DiBiCoo that will be held in Jakarta, on 24th of March 2020 to support the implementation of DiBiCoo in Indonesia