The Réseau de Femmes Élues Locales du Cameroun (REFELA-CAM), bringing together around thirty women mayors from the ten regions of Cameroon, has embarked on a renewable energy electrification project in the towns of Bangangté and Fokoué in the west of the country. The Veolia Foundation is supporting the project by installing a public lighting network using solar energy in both towns, and by building a small hydropower plant in Bangangté for local production.
Backed by a new law that helps communities invest in decentralized electricity production using renewable energy sources, this project could spread all over the country and so benefit thousands of Cameroonians.
A partnership since 2010
In partnership with the AIMF (Association Internationale des Maires Francophones), the Veolia Foundation has already conducted a sustainable water and sanitation project management programme (Modeab) for REFELA-CAM in Bangangté.
In 2014 the United Nations gave an award to the programme in the category "Improving the provision of services in Africa".