Alianza Shire has been working for the last two years in a pilot project in Shire Refugee Camps, Tigray region (Northern Ethiopia) where the organizations UNHCR and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) give their support as collaborating and implementing partner. Specifically, the pilot project has benn taken place at Adi-Harush refugee camp.
Some of the activities we have developed are:
- Adapted technical solutions. The partnership has elaborated a “Synthesis and characterization of technical solutions for Shire Refugee Camps: Proposed solutions to improve the energy access”, carried out by the experts from the Spanish private companies. In the case of the pilot project in Adi-Harush, the main activities proposed are the improvement of the grid, creation of a maintenance of Low and Medium Voltage grids guide specific for the camps and the installation of public lighting in the main streets of the camp.
- Deep characterization of the context. The partnership has elaborated a report to deeply understand the context, “Characterization of Shire Refugees Camps Report and Energy Needs Assessment”. The report shows that energy needs in the camps are wide, and previous actions to solve them have not been successful.
- Energy Training for refugees. With the aim of creating local capacities, a training course has been taught in installation and maintenance of LV and MV grids, as well as in street lighting.
- Training toolkit. The Toolkit includes manuals on maintenance and management of Low and Medium Voltage grids spare parts, tools, Personal Protective Equipment, first aid, installation and maintenance of public lighting and guides for the new Implementation, routine checks and detection of power supply failures.
Map of street lighting points in Adi Harush (February 2017)