What is a multifunctional platform for access to energy in rural areas?
A multifunctional platform is a concept integrating the energy equipment and the support measures (approach, methodology, strategy), so as to combine better mastery of the system by the stakeholders while creating rural expertise that can boost local development.
It can be a long-term project has been successful in other near-by countries, thus, Mali has just celebrated its thousandth platform.
It is a small rural enterprise managed independently by the rural stakeholders (women) through a management committee of at least 8 literate persons. It involves a diesel engine which can be coupled with various machines, mainly produce transformation machines, it can generate electricity for soldering, to charge batteries and also to power small decentralized power grids, or water supply.
The overall goal of the program consists in fighting several aspects of poverty, particularly in rural areas: By improving access to modern energetic supply; promoting income-generating activities, mainly through self-employment, improving access to financial services and other production factors for the poorest people; promoting the development of food production, of access to education and training, to basic health services food, drinking water, sewage and to better living conditions.
The convention between RAEDD and the Niger State.
On December 19th 2011, RAEDD signed a convention with the Multi-functional Platforms project (PTFM-PNUD) to implement the program in some fifteen villages in the Dosso area.
Since then, in the Dosso and Maradi regions, RAEDD has carried out 43 feasibility surveys, literacy courses and management training sessions, and has monitored 60 PTFM. 10 platforms have been set up since then.
In 2017-2018, within the program: ‘Progressing toward the Sustainable Development Goals in Dankassari villages’, a multifunctional platform will be installed in Gofawa village, and another multifunctional platform will be installed in Bawada Daji, financed by the Niger State.
In 2018-2019, supervision by RAEDD of 7 literacy centers in Doutchi, Tibiri, Dioundiou, Kieche, and 2 ‘participative feasability’ investigations in Kiota and Allela.