Advancing the integrated management of natural resources for sustainable development
Regional Initiative to Promote Small–Scale Renewable Energy Applications in Rural Areas of the Arab Region
2018 – Ongoing
The Arab region is endowed with abundant natural resources, notably fossil fuels and renewables such as solar and wind.
Rural communities continue to depend on traditional energy resources that are inadequate in expanding agricultural value chains, extending basic services, and improving the quality of life of women, children and vulnerable groups. Arab Governments are more focused on the development of large-scale renewable energy power generation systems, leading to a weak enabling environment and financial support for the private sector to invest in small-scale renewable energy technologies, especially in rural areas, thus hindering the development of and investment in such projects.
The Regional Initiative to Promote Small-Scale Renewable Energy Applications in Rural Areas of the Arab Region (REGEND) aims to improve the livelihood, economic benefits, social inclusion and gender equality of Arab rural communities, particularly marginalized groups, by addressing energy poverty, water scarcity, vulnerability to climate change, and other natural resources challenges. Appropriate small-scale renewable energy technologies are used to conduct productive activities, support entrepreneurial development, and ensure women’s empowerment, with an emphasis on creating jobs and developing robust value chains to promote a sustainable economy.
REGEND is a Sida-funded project. Implementing partners include the League of Arab States, line ministries, local authorities, various regional organizations and Arab women associations, United Nations organizations, local and regional non-governmental organizations, research institutions and academia.
The REGEND project will achieve the following outputs: