More than 600 families benefit from a solar-power project in Tanzania

Nov 23, 2015

UNDP Country Director Ms. Awa Dabo shares a light moment with women members of the Manchali Community.

More than 600 families in the central region of Dodoma have benefitted from a UNDP-supported solar power project aimed at supporting residents to mitigate the effects of climate change through adopting energy solutions and new land and water use technologies.

The 150,000 US dollar project further strengthened adaptive capacities of the local communities of Manchali village in addressing the impact of climate change.

Experience shows that in Tanzania and similarly in most parts of the world, small communities are often hardest hit by the effects of climate change and yet are least equipped to cope with its impacts.

Speaking to the villagers of Manchali, the UNDP Country Director, Ms. Awa Dabo stated that mitigating climate change and promoting economic empowerment are essential for communities to prosper.

She said further “the impact of climate change in small communities is real and they are the most affected and the most vulnerable”.

The Tanzania Government and local communities have increasingly focused on climate change adaptation.

“This is symbolized in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where four out of seventeen goals are related to climate change and environmental conservation. With the  support from our development partners, UNDP has managed to support the Manchali village to work on number of key areas together with the community on raising awareness on climate change, increasing tree planting and promoting wider adoption of renewable energy technologies.” she noted.

Highlighting the way forward, Ms. Dabo said that the project is complete and it is one of the most successful projects administered by the UNDP. She congratulated the Manchali community for their participation and taking ownership of the project which has yielded many results for the villagers.

“We at the UNDP are looking at how we can implement similar projects in other villages” she added.

Emphasizing on the importance of community development and project ownership by the communities around the country, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez stated that the success of the project in Manchali is a result of the community taking ownership and leadership of their own development process.

“The project has resulted in clean energy, many children are attending school on time, reforestation and an overall improvement in community welfare,” he said.

He added that climate change was real and the UN through its agencies were keen to stymie its worse impacts. The Manchali project is one of many interventions which have successfully developed a village adaptation to integrate climate resilience in local development.

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