The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is working on a “Regional Initiative for Promoting Small-Scale Renewable Energy Applications in Rural Areas of the Arab Region (REGEND)”, which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). REGEND aims to improve the livelihood, economic benefits, social inclusion and gender equality of Arab rural communities particularly marginalized groups, by addressing energy access, water scarcity and vulnerability, climate change and other natural resources challenges in three targeted countries, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.
In this context, ESCWA, in partnership with the Municipality of Akkar Al-Atika, is organizing a capacity-Building Workshop on “Financial Management, Accounting, and the Economic Benefits of Access to Sustainable and Secure Energy”.
The workshop’s target is for the rural women of Akkar Atika to gain theoretical, technical, and practical skills in the fields of financial managements and accounting.
The workshop will cover both the technical/theoretical and the practical aspects. The first day of the workshop will be dedicated for theoretical explanation, and discussing best practices of financial management and accounting, while the second will be dedicated for the practical aspect, where a case study will be prepared based on the rural women’s products, and the best methods to calculate their costs and prices.
This workshop will mainly cover the below topics:
- The central role of women in the execution and management of rural projects.
- Basic principles of project management, and project lifecycle.
- Financial management of rural products, with emphasis on pricing, accounting tools, and cost control.
- Improving energy efficiency for the sake of cost control.
- Traditional vs. Non Traditional financing sources.
- Economic benefits of access to secure and sustainable energy.