OUR CURRENT ACTIVITIES
Project Proposal Grant Approved
ASCENT has developed the GEF approved project on the Hybridization of diesel engines of multifunctional platforms with solar systems in Togo’s rural areas. This project is co-funded by the GEF, the West African Development Bank and the PRADEB with a focal area of Climate change mitigation.
The project aims to sustainably increase access to electricity and modern energy services through the development and use of solar energy technologies in the villages of Togo.
Executing SLM Project in Mali
After developing the project proposal on scaling up and replicating successful sustainable land management and agroforestry practices in the Koulikoro region of Mali, ASCENT now is carrying out the role of executing agency for this GEF funded project.
This Multi-Focal Area (MFA) Project will concentrate on the Sustainable flows of services in agroecosystems, through integrated landscapes management practices and by mainstreaming biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in the production landscape.
Host Country Agreement Mali
ASCENT has finalized a host country agreement with the government of Mali to launch its sub-regional office for West Africa.
Workshop Increased Institutional Capacity in Environmental, Social and Finance Climate WADB
Organized a training workshop in collaboration with the West African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank in Lome. The objective was to enhance capacity knowledge on the Climate Finance to further develop methodologies that support important steps of the modalities of access to the MEA resources.
Drafting the Project Preparation Grant PPG for the Project of hybridization of diesel engines of multifunctional platforms with solar systems in Togo
ASCENT is developing the PPG for this GEF funded project in Togo. The project components aim to (1) Strengthening of regulatory, policy and institutional framework for Renewable Energy and rural electrification, (2) Knowledge and Capacity development and support to the public and private sector to provide better quality of service to the rural areas, (3) Availability of and access to financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects, (4) Deployment of hybrid solar energy Technologies Applications and (5) Monitoring and evaluation; information dissemination and replication.
Adaptation Project on Increasing the Resilience of vulnerable communities in the agriculture sector of Mandouri in Nothern Togo
ASCENT is developing the PPG for this AF funded project. This project objective is to develop water management and irrigation technologies that reduce dependence on rainfall for agricultural production. The Adaptation Fund project aims at increasing agricultural production while improving conditions and living standards of people in the project area to reduce the vulnerability of producers through the water control for production and promoting crop diversification for food security improvement and development of products for improved incomes.
Scaling up and replicating successful sustainable land management (SLM) and agroforestry practices in the Koulikoro region of Mali
ASCENT has developed the project preparation grant for this GEF funded project. This project will upscale sustainable land management to combat land degradation and biodiversity loss while strengthening the capacity of local communities for replicating the SLM and good agroforestry practices in the semi-arid areas of Koulikoro region, Mali. The expected outcome is to (1) reduce land degradation, improved soil health and increased productivity of agro-ecosystems (2) Improve land productivity and community living standards and (3) Enhanced awareness capacity of local and national stakeholders, including communities and institutions, to sustainably manage natural resources and to resolve land use conflicts.
Impact assessment studies for MINUSCA in Bangui (CAR)
ASCENT carried out a detailed impact assessment report for the proposed Camp Fidel to be located in Cité Asecna, District1, Ombella M’Poko Prefecture in Bangui. The environmental impact assessment is to ensure that significant impacts on the environment are taken into consideration during the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of the facility. The scope of this Environmental Impact Assessment includes: The baseline environmental conditions of the project; Description of the proposed project; Provisions of the relevant environmental laws; Identification of potential impacts to the environment anticipated from the proposed project; Appropriate mitigation measures; and, Provision of an environmental management plan.
ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE studies for MINUSCA in the Central African Republic
ASCENT carried out a detailed environmental baseline study in various locations in the Central African Republic for MINUSCA. The EBS is envisaged to serve as a future reference point and will be periodically updated for each location. In addition to internal use within the mission, the baseline study will also serve as required, in discussions with the host country, regarding damage or pollution claimed to have been caused by the mission. The objectives of this Environmental Baseline Study (EBS) are to (i) To document starting conditions and criteria for site demobilisation and to avoid contamination legacy and compensation issues; (ii) To note any site-specific environmental sensitivities, for incorporation into site and Mission scale Environmental Management Plans.
Board Meeting Highlights
The Africa Sustainability Centre board met on March 12 at the Terou Bi Hotel in Dakar Senegal. The discussions were inspiring. The chairman commenced with a presentation of the current realities of the centre and current strategies for moving ASCENT forward.
Those in attendance included Mr Bakary Kante, Founder and Chairman of ASCENT, Mr Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Former UN Secretary General, Mr Njuguna Ndungu, Former Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, Mr Ousmane Kane, Former Minister of Finance of Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and Prof Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Key Topic discussed include:
– The aim is to develop a state of the art report providing an alternate indicator to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for measuring societal progress with an emphasis on the natural, human, financial, and produced capitals of each nation.
The board agreed that the Inclusive Wealth Index should be one of the focuses for ASCENT and suggested that it be implemented in a sub-regional approach.
– The board discussed the importance this topic vis a vis social sustainability and reaching the SDG’s goals by 2030. Major constraints are a lack of clear coordination mechanism among stakeholders at the national and regional levels, and lack of capacity, awareness and technical choices tailored to African condition.
The board endorsed the project and has requested a potential research report on water challenges in Africa.
– The purpose of the project is to stimulate creativity, innovation and empower the young people of Africa through entrepreneurship. The board discussed the opportunity to position ASCENT as the voice for women and the youth regarding social sustainability and in the International debate on sustainable development within the framework of the sdgs.
The Board agreed to the project however, framework must be restructured.
Other main topics included: ASCENT Funding strategy, The Nairobi dialogue event, and last but not least the development of an advisory panel of eminent personalities.
Understanding people, creating results, and share knowledge
ASCENT has been hired by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) to carry out an Environmental baseline study in the Republic of Central Africa.
The main objectives of the Environmental Baseline Study (EBS) are:
- To document starting conditions and criteria for site demobilization and to avoid contamination legacy and compensation issues; and
- To note any site-specific environmental sensitivities, for incorporation into site and Mission scale Environmental Management Plans.
The results from the EBS are conceived to serve as a future reference point and will be periodically updated for each location. In addition to internal use within the mission, the baseline study will also serve as required, in discussions with the host country, regarding damage or pollution claimed to have been caused by the mission.
This particular EBS will also be used to provide baseline environmental data for use in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) performed for the MINUSCA operations in CAR.
Forming Partnerships of Purpose to create impactful results
In our continued approach in being impact-oriented and our commitment to understanding challenges, creating solutions and establishing a platform of partnership and shared knowledge to assist government, ASCENT has the pleasure to announce its partnership with Le Ministère de l’Environnement, l’Assainissement et du Développement Durable de la République du Mali.
The objectives of this partnership are:
- Stimulate new ideas and approaches to achieve sustainable solutions to sustainability challenges in Mali, through strategic partnerships, particularly with young people, women, the private sector.
- Provide assistance in the formulation and implementation of strategies and policies for sustainability, and creative entrepreneurship in Mali under the protection of the Environment.
- Provide assistance to establish a ” single window” for innovation technology creation and entrepreneurship of women and youth in Mali as part of the Environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources.
Also, we will consult in order to strengthen cooperation and understanding on the basis of commitment and mutual support in order to promote sustainable development in Mali and Africa
The MEADD offered and ASCENT agreed to be the executing agency of all projects of the Global Environment Fund. ASCENT in this framework will, in partnership with the implementing agencies of the GEF , formulate projects for submission to the GEF for funding through the financial allocations of the GEF in Mali
Forming Partnerships of Purpose to create impactful results
ASCENT has the pleasure to partner with Le Centre de Suivi Ecologique in Senegal CSE.
Recognizing the convergence of our respective missions and the existence of synergy opportunities to give more depth to our actions, Africa Sustainability Centre ( ASCENT ) and the Ecological Monitoring Centre (CSE ) decided to form a partnership.
The objectives are to :
- Sit a strategic partnership ASCENT / CSE ;
- Create a synergistic network and work to bring all missions;
- Establish an institutional framework to adapt actions and intervention of the two institutions;
- Conduct a proper communication policy to make visible the common achievements of both institutions
CSE was established in 1986 , it is a Senegalese institution of public utility under the technical supervision of the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development. It is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between the State of Senegal and various development partners through the United Nations Development Programme.
CSE has become a center of excellence , independent , specialized in space technologies especially for the collection , entry, processing, analysis, and dissemination of data and information on the environment and natural resources. Their aim is to inform decision -making of various development actors (government, elected officials, grassroots , NGOs , etc. ) on the basis of scientific information. The challenge is to be an interface between the various stakeholders to build a comprehensive and coherent vision of sustainable development in Senegal and Africa.
CSE has been accredited since 2010 as the National Implementing Entity, the first worldwide for the Adaptation Fund to climate change and since 2015, as National Implementing Entity for the Green Climate Fund (GCF : Green Climate Fund )
ASCENT had the pleasure to be part of the latest Inclusive Wealth Report launched in December 2014 in New Delhi, India.
The second report, the IWR 2014, has expanded the study significantly, to cover 140 countries. The IWR 2014’s main theme is Human Capital with a focus on Education. It provides valuable insights into investment strategies of countries on education and potential returns from future investments into education and demonstrates the use of the Inclusive Wealth Index as a key indicator for sustainable, stronger, and more peaceful development.
Contributing organizations – The Inclusive Wealth Report 2014 is a joint initiative of the UN University – International Human Dimensions Programme (UNU-IHDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO-MGIEP), ASCENT Africa Sustainability Centre, the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Science to Action (S2A), the Ministry of Environment – Government of Japan, the UN University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and endorsed by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability.
The Inclusive Wealth Index presents the big picture: measuring countries’ wealth in terms of progress, well-being, and long-term sustainability. It provides important insights into the long-term economic growth and human well-being.
The aim is to provide countries with a realistic understanding of their wealth, and their forecasts for long-term sustainability.