This workshop has been conducted positively. The workshop discussed the role of energy policy and find existing opportunities through it. Both events were successfully conducted in the North District ‘A’ and ‘B’ attended by representatives of Ministry of Land, Water, Energy and Environment, Zanzibar Bureau of Standard, Zanzibar Utility Regulatory Authority (ZURA), Senior Assistance Lecturer from Innovation Unit of The State University of Zanzibar, Member of House of representative and the District Officers.
The objective of the advocacy workshops were to advocate the Local Clan Leaders (LCL) and Energy Stakeholders in seeking energy policy and finding other opportunity/ facilities as the local government that can contribute in the economy of the villages through activities related to the RE. Accessing energy sources into livelihood development and improve family income.
The impacts of the workshops were too positive.
After having detailed discussions participants were sensitized and agreed that local government has organized strategic in order that those development plans can contribute to the economy and still plays good contributors to society if can manage them wisely.
More than 45 participants have participated in the advocacy workshops in both districts. Participants have very positive feedback regarding local government’s contribution in the society but they have the opinion that as they are not policymakers and also having no wide decision making authority in their village full, so it would be more beneficial if these kinds of sessions would be arranged for high-level policymakers and decision-makers. LCLs are the followers of policies and decisions so despite having sensitized and agreed for the inclusion of their local governments in implementing the role of energy policy but can’t do anything due to the short comes of the policies respective.
The major achievement of the workshop is besides those participants agreed to take the opportunity to create small programs related to renewable energy development activities whose aim of bringing development to the community. Other achievements are:-
- Social and technical support has been promised by the participants special those government representatives.
- Adopting and recommend the priority areas to concern in sensitization on RE.
- Setting strategic development plans that will strengthen all efforts that clan leaders and other stakeholders that can facilitate development effort.
- To know each other between local clan leaders and energy stakeholders.
- To appreciate ways to get service/information while REZA is one of the key institutions for providing social services.