Partnership for sustainable development between JICA and UNDP will benefit local communities in Angola

Dec 4, 2017

Luanda, December 4, 2017. UNDP Angola Country Director, Henrik Fredborg Larsen and the representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Seiji Kato, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding between UNDP and JICA to mark cooperation for the development and promotion of initiatives that support poor local communities in providing lighting for their daily activities as well as improving living conditions giving priority to female headed households.

The Country Director of UNDP in Angola stressed the satisfaction of being a partner of JICA in this work of added value for the country and its effective capacity to achieve demonstrable progress in the lives of Angolan rural communities. "It is with great satisfaction that I sign this Memorandum to support the promotion of gender equality and guarantee access to electricity for the most vulnerable sectors, reaffirming, once again, UNDP's commitment to accompany Angola's development path through aligned contributions with the important goals of the Sustainable Development Goals, giving priority to women-headed households," he said.

"I am very happy to sign this Memorandum with UNDP because it represents an important contribution to improving the living conditions of the selected communities, but also allows us to identify future strategic opportunities and policy areas in this collective journey to meet the objectives and goals. Therefore, I believe we will achieve good results, because when women are economically empowered, the whole community benefits," said representative of JICA, Mr. Seiji Kato.

This initiative, which takes place within the framework of existing cooperation between JICA and UNDP, is intended to contribute to significant improvements in the lives of families (especially women) by increasing entrepreneurship, as well as improving domestic security and spaces in the public.

It should be noted that UNDP will implement the distribution of 300 solar storage systems in partnership with ADPP, SODEPAC and INBAC through three projects under implementation, namely: i) Kikula Ku Moxi project, which aims to improve the supply of agricultural products by farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises; ii) Protected Areas for effective conservation of biodiversity, in which the systems will be used to provide lighting in national park rangers’ posts in remote areas, improving security and communication of the inspectors in the protected areas; iii) Low-income communities in the provinces of Cunene, Huambo and Cuanza Sul.

Under the Strategic Plan 2018-2021, UNDP intends to actively cooperate with JICA and private business sectors on a range of issues such as poverty eradication, governance, environment, energy, gender equality and resilience by employing “whole of society” and innovative approaches.

Technical Data Sheet on Solar Equipment

The solar storage system manufactured by PANASONIC is a small-scale energy storage system that provides LED illumination for areas without access to electricity. For Africa, the package is equipped with three units of LED lamps and a USB socket that allows mobile phone charging. The product is fully charged under fine a day in 5 hours, with high power solar panel and a cutting edge rechargeable battery, which enables to light a single LED lamp for 24 hours. The rechargeable battery maintains its high charging performance for more than 5 years.

This small-scale solar storage system can be versatile - it is easy to use and adaptable to local needs and conditions. It can bring important benefits to communities and families.