Researchers back to the secondary school - Renewable energy powered water-food-economy nexus for the sustainable livelihood at Dosso Region in Niger (RE-TO-DOSSO)
Socio-economic assessment of RE-TO-DOSSO
For the energy supply of the village NGonga in the Dosso region in Niger, a solar pilot plant (15-20kWp solar plant with battery storage) is installed in the secondary school, in the centre of the village. The school thus becomes the village's energy hub, making it possible to provide solar-powered electricity and water and also to irrigate the farmland. The aim of the study is to work out the socio-economic effects of the solar system and to investigate whether new economic use concepts can be generated for the village.
In order to determine the social added value for the stakeholders of the village (large farmers, small farmers, subsistence farmers, livestock farmers, nomads, entrepreneurs, small businessmen, social actors (rural commission of the Code Rural) in Niger), we use the Social Return on Investment (SROI) method to measure the social return of the investments made in NGonga. Ecological and social externalities are not considered in the traditional cost-benefit analysis.
The SROI is a norm-based method for measuring the social and environmental added value over and above the financial value of the investment, which is not considered in traditional cost-benefit analyses. On this basis, the effects of the pilot plant on the social groups of the village can be analysed and suggestions for improvement for the social distribution of the yields of the plant can be developed.
July 2020 to January 2024
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has provided funding as part of the measure "CLIENT II - International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovations". The Project Management Organisation (PTJ) Jülich is in charge of the project.
Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, TH Köln, Cologne, Germany
Center for Development Research's (ZEF), University Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), United Nations University (UNU), Bonn, Germany
Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany
Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey, Niamey, Niger
Université des Sciences des Techniques et des Technologies de Bamako, Bamako, Mali
Pan African University - Institute for Water and Energy Sciences, Tlemcen, Algeria
Wertsicht GmbH, Germany
Yandalux Solar GmbH, Germany
Foyer-Tech Pvt. Ltd., Niger
Project Manager IEK-STE
Dr. Holger Schlör
Dr. Holger Schlör
Institute of Energy and Climate Research
Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE)