Interview by Nisma Le Boul| London, June 13th
What does your organisation do?
ENDA ENERGIE is a member of the global network ENDA Tiers Monde.
ENDA ENERGIE is the entity in charge of all issues related to the environment (climate change, desertification, and disaster risk reduction); sustainable development and energy planning; and the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Through different programmes ENDA ENERGIE provides analysis and training, research, sharing numerous thematic publications through their diverse bulletins such as “The African Bulletin” or the “Drynet Bulletin” devoted to sustainable development in arid zones.
How would you describe its role as part of civil-society?
ENDA ENERGIE is a leader on issues related to climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR). Since 1990, way before the adoption of the Rio declaration or any other major environmental international framework, our organisation has been intervening in diverse areas including desertification, drought, erosion and adaptation to climate change.
As extreme disasters are often hydro-meteorological, the role of ENDA in DRR is to build a bridge between the climate change convention and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction (SFDRR).
Through the Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) project, ENDA ENERGIE reinforces experience and knowledge sharing of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in DRR. This often sheds light on innovative initiatives regarding disasters management from which international NGOs should draw inspiration. We raise these solutions at international level during the development of climate and DRR frameworks. Indeed, our organisation is looking to establish a link between international climate frameworks (SFDRR, the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030: Sustainable Development Goals) and local initiatives including those driven by civil society organisations.
Beyond building bridges, we contribute to the Regional Advisory Group (RAG) for West Africa, supporting better regional integration of GNDR’s network.
Our ambition is to build a regional GNDR which works with inter-governmental institutions such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS/CEDEAO) and the African Union.
Our main objective is to enhance CSOs’ capacity and advocacy on DRR across Africa.
What is your role, what does it entail?
I am the Programmes Coordinator at ENDA ENERGIE. Our programmes cover different areas of intervention including the fight against desertification, drought, coastal erosion, sustainable management of lands and adaptation to climate change.
My role is to reinforce the capacities of the different CSOs with whom we work and collaborate. The objective of our work is to understand better the links between combating desertification, climate change adaptation and DRR, and in particular to increase the resilience of local populations.
We are working towards a better recognition of the crucial role of African civil society organisations through the mobilisation of key stakeholders and populations on these issues. We would like to encourage CSOs to bring their voices to the national and international stages in order to influence public policies and strategic frameworks aimed at reducing disaster risks in Africa.
When did your organisation join GNDR?
ENDA ENERGIE joined GNDR in October 2014.
Why did you join GNDR?
ENDA ENERGIE joined GNDR because it represents the opportunity to foster new partnerships in the region, not only with CSOs but also with local and national governments and international organisations working in DRR. True to our mission, we were recently invited to join the Regional Advisory Group (RAG) for West Africa as a privileged partner of GNDR.
We are leading the group working on enhancing collaboration between regional representatives of GNDR and members. We are also working to expand membership and increase the influence of members at the national and regional level.
Note: Member of RAG in West Africa – The RAG was established to support GNDR’s governance in the region. This new structure enables a better perspective of GNDR’s work but most importantly aims to build a regional GNDR capable of interacting with governmental institutions in the regions such as ECOWAS (CEDEAO).
Consider 3 benefits for your organisation of being a GNDR member.
Being part of GNDR’s network has firstly empowered us in encouraging key stakeholders from civil society but also governments to give greater importance to questions regarding DRR and climate change. But in addition, we have been able to increase synergies between those actors for collective, integrated and efficient action to reduce and manage disaster risks in Africa.
Finally, thanks to our engagement, we have intensified our activities in advocacy towards local and national governments as well as towards the public, stressing the importance of an inclusive management of DRR.
Name one area of improvement for GNDR.
My suggestion for the network would be to strengthen its regional presence, a process that has been underway since the establishment of the Regional Advisory Groups (RAGs), a governance structure that aims at increasing its regional capacities. ENDA hopes that GNDR will pursue the development of its collaborative platform in order to support this synergy at all levels including local and national.
Note: The Secretariat of GNDR is currently developing a Community Platform for members in order to reinforce knowledge, best practices, experiences sharing and lessons drawn from projects implemented at local level. The collaborative Community Platform will be available in the coming months.
What are your biggest achievements as an organisation?
I would mention the regional workshop organised in Dakar on April 25th and 26th in partnership with GNDR as part of the Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) project.
Here, representatives of 25 selected case studies across Africa were able to exchange their views on the success factors of the institutionalisation and sustainability of CBDRM.
This was a successful workshop that encouraged dialogue, collaboration and knowledge sharing between participants, who were able to draw lessons to replicate in their own countries.
Has your organisation received any awards?
ENDA has been awarded at regional level for its promotion of energy efficiency and distinguished at national level as a champion organisation in the sustainable management of our environment.
What should GNDR do to sustain or increase members' engagement or participation?
GNDR as a network should boost understanding of DRR so that this issue appears on the political agenda of every decision-maker and so the network can become a privileged stakeholder at regional level.
GNDR should be able to provide a panel of services to its members to intensify cross-collaboration. CSOs have similar issues and they can not only share solutions but push for these issues to be addressed in international frameworks.
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