Ministry for Energy and Development of Renewable Energies, Senegal
The Ministry of Energy, Government of Senegal (MEDER) is the lead agency in charge of formulating, coordinating and setting overall objectives, policies, strategies and general directives for the whole energy sector in Senegal.
It is implementing two programmes to promote access to sustainable domestic fuel in Senegal − the Programme pour la promotion des energies renouvelables (PERACOD) and the Projet de gestion durable et participative des energies traditionnelles de substitution (PROGEDE) programme.
In conjunction with implementation of the programmes, there has been intensive discussion within the ministry to better understand whether the programmes are achieving their mandated objectives. There is no separate cell in the ministry responsible for monitoring and evaluating its programmes. Hence, MEDER is very keen to build evaluation capacities internally by collaborating with external agencies, commissioning impact evaluation of government programmes and using evaluation findings to inform their energy policy.
Overview of engagement
MEDER approached 3ie about two years ago to discuss membership and to develop a programme on impact evaluations. Specifically, the Director of Energy in the ministry showed interest in learning more about and developing a partnership with 3ie to inform public policy in the country.
Subsequently, 3ie staff held a meeting in Senegal to engage with the partner. 3ie invited and sponsored two representatives of the Senegal Ministry of Energy to attend the 7th African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) International Conference. Since then, the Ministry of Energy has showed clear commitment to partner with 3ie and signed a Membership MoU with 3ie in 2015. 3ie is currently supporting an evaluation of the impact of improved cook stoves and biofuel projects on rural households through its policy window grant.
Examples of 3ie engagement
3ie services: 3ie invited and sponsored two representatives of the Ministry of Energy, Senegal to attend the 7th African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) International Conference titled: Evaluation for Development−from Analysis to Impact, from 3−7 March 2014 in Yaounde, Cameroon
Policy window: 3ie is funding impact evaluation through its Policy Window 3 to evaluate the impact of improved cook stoves and biofuel projects on rural households and the environment.
The Ministry of Energy is very much aware about 3ie’s commitment and high standards for funding technically sound and robust impact evaluations throughout the world. The MEDER chose to become a 3ie member because we knew that this partnership will lead to our greater learning for effective implementation of our programs that will eventually lead to evidence-based policymaking.