About Renewable Energy Civil Society Organizations (RECSO) Network
This is a loose semi-formal Network that brings together civil society organizations, academic institutions, individuals and Networks engaged in the promotion and development of activities and practices in the Renewable energy sub sector at all levels (i.e. national, local, sub-regional and community). These CSOs and Networks are currently being mobilized and coordinated by Environmental Alert for structured engagements with Government through the relevant Ministries, Authorities and Departments. This process started September 2017 with the identification, mapping and profiling of the CSOs and Networks in renewable energy for purposes of potential partnerships and effective coordination. However, in September, 2018, the Network was formalized where members agreed to have it as a loose semi-formal Network.
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The Network has a steering committee responsible for its governance issues. The Secretariat for the Network is currently hosted by Environmental Alert.
The core values of the Network include:
b) Equality of all members;
c) Ethics and integrity;
d) Objectivity and professionalism in all Network actions;
e) Gender sensitivity;
f) Transparency and accountability of the members.
To promote increased access to and sustainable utilization of renewable energy alternatives for efficient, clean cooking and lighting in Uganda through collaboration, education, training, and advocacy.’
“Well developed and managed Renewable energy resources for the benefit of all Ugandans.”
Objectives of the network
- To advocate for promotion, compliance and accountability of government with respect to its policy commitments and private sector activities in respect to renewable energy;
- To ensure that individuals, institutions, CSOs and Networks engaged in Renewable energy progressively develop capacity in policy analysis, advocacy and independent monitoring;
- To engage in policy lobbying for conducive policy environment for renewable energy access and sustainable utilization.
Scale of Network outreach
Currently, the Network has over 130 members including (40 profiled CSOs and Networks at national level and over 90 members from the 3 sub-regional hubs engaging at the sub-regional level across 20 districts in the Albertine Rift.The coordination and engagement at the sub-region and district level is through regional hubs hosted by members of the network detailed as follows:
- The Southern Albertine Sustainable Energy Network (SASEN); Kasese, Bushenyi, Rubirizi, Mitooma, Rukingiri, Kabarole, Kisoro and Bundibugyo -Coordinated by Kiima Foods.
- Mid Albertine Sustainable Energy Network (MASEN); Masindi, Hoima, Buliisa, Kagadi, Kyenjojo and Ntoroko coordinated by Kibaale District Civil Society Organizations Network (KCSON).
- The Northern Albertine Sustainable Energy Network (NASEN); Arua, Nebbi, Koboko, Moyo, Adjumani and Maracha- Coordinated by Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment (RICE-WN)