26 OCTOBER 2023

Climate Resilience through Women’s Leadership: Energizing West Africa’s Future

AWEaP’s recent webinar’s primary objective was to address the growing need for developing and implementing climate adaptation strategies, which has become a critical global imperative. The event’s significance was underscored by the impending COP 28 conference, which will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for climate adaptation initiatives worldwide. Within this context, the attention of the webinar was firmly directed toward regions that are particularly vulnerable to the multifaceted impacts of climate change.

The webinar commenced with a significant contribution from Rockwell Automation, the event’s platinum sponsor. Their presentation provided invaluable insights into enterprises’ interconnected nature and underscored the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving climate adaptation strategies. Furthermore, Rockwell Automation delved into climatic solutions, focusing on critical areas such as waste management, water resources, and energy utilisation. This comprehensive overview illuminated the vital role played by the private sector in addressing climate adaptation challenges.

A pivotal webinar segment was dedicated to Ghana’s proactive endeavours in tackling climate change and providing substantial electricity access to a significant portion of its population. Women in Energy, Oil, and Gas Ghana’s presentation highlighted Africa’s essential role in the global climate change landscape. Africa’s vulnerability to climate change-induced disasters, including droughts, floods, and heatwaves, underscores the urgency of climate adaptation initiatives.

The chairperson representing the West African chapter of the African Women in Energy and Power (AWEaP) organisation directed their attention towards the opportunities inherent within the region and the evolving landscape of climate adaptation policies.

The webinar’s panel discussion pivoted around the central theme of women’s leadership within the energy sector and its potential to contribute significantly to climate resilience. Distinguished women from various West African nations articulated the transformative changes required and underscored the pressing need for empowered women to have greater access to resources. This segment emphasised women’s pivotal role in shaping the climate adaptation discourse.

Entrepreneurs from Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Senegal, and Benin provided a detailed account of the activities and initiatives undertaken by their organisations to combat climate change. They shared their invaluable experiences and discussed the challenges in their endeavours. This session highlighted entrepreneurs’ dynamic and innovative approach to contributing to climate adaptation solutions.

The culmination of the webinar underscored the pivotal role played by women entrepreneurs in West Africa’s climate adaptation efforts. Their influence extends across diverse sectors, including sustainable transport, energy solutions, manufacturing, and agriculture. This segment emphatically stressed the need to amplify women’s voices within the climate adaptation discourse, aligning with the COP 28 theme on climate adaptation.

The webinar served as a significant milestone in acknowledging and addressing the crucial role that women entrepreneurs play in driving climate adaptation solutions in West Africa.

This worked hand in hand with our theme for 2023: “Together, we can make inclusion in Africa’s energy and power sector a competitive edge.”

The event’s multifaceted discussions, encompassing diverse aspects of climate adaptation, illuminated the potential for sustainable and energy-efficient futures in the region. As the world prepares for COP 28, the lessons and insights shared in this webinar serve as valuable foundations for collaborative efforts in addressing the global climate adaptation challenge.

The following stakeholders were invited to share insights on the construct of energy value chains and opportunities emerging as countries endeavour to achieve security of energy supply: 

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs):

Our monthly webinars include OEMs like Rockwell Automation for the following reasons: OEMs design and manufacture products, services, solutions, and systems sought by utilities and different large power users in the energy and power sector. We invite them to share trends in electricity system digitisation, decarbonisation, and decentralisation. We invite them to showcase how they enable access to technology for SMMEs, especially women-owned companies.

Industry Associations:

Building reciprocal value-adding networks is fundamental to the success of any entrepreneur. Industry Associations serve as a unified voice for individual enterprises within a given industry. This provides opportunities to exchange knowledge, debate issues, build standards, and establish norms for best practices within the energy industry. AWEaP is a non-competitive platform and organisation. We collaborate with other associations to build a supportive and inclusive energy ecosystem.

Women Entrepreneurs’ Testimony:

Entrepreneurship is the capacity and willingness to develop and participate in a business venture with the intention of making a profit regardless of the financial risks involved. The role of entrepreneurship in any economy is critical, as it contributes to the socio-economic development of societies. We invite women-led and owned companies to testify about how they navigate the energy sector in their market.

Programme

Content Framework

Webinar 9

Speaker

Introduction

Introduction to AWEaP
Purpose of the Webinar and
Introduction to the topics

AWEaP

MS. BERTHA DLAMINI
Founding President
African Women in Energy and Power
NPC

Sponsoring OEM

Exploring Technology Solutions for Energy in Climate Adaptation Across Industries.

Rockwell Automation
Platinum Sponsor

MR. MAFA MATLALA
Software Specialist
Rockwell Automation

Women in Energy Network

Women in Energy – West Africa Perspective

Women In Energy,
Oil and Gas Ghana

MS. LINDA MATTHEWS
Executive Director
Women In Energy, Oil and Gas Ghana

Women in Energy Network

Women in Energy – West Africa

AWEaP

MS. HABIBA ALI
AWEaP Nigeria Chairperson

Panel Discussion: Climate Resilience through Women’s Leadership: Energizing West Africa’s Future

Women’s leadership in the energy sector and how it will contribute to climate resilience and propel West Africa towards a sustainable and energy-efficient future.

1.      MS. MARGARET YAINKAIN MANSARA,  Founder: Women in Energy (Sierra Leone)

2.      MS. HANNAH KABIR, CEO: Creeds Energy (Nigeria)

3.      MS. HABIBA ALI, AWEaP Chair – (Nigeria)

4.      MS. LILY O. SAAB, Secretary-General, WiRE – (Liberia)

5.      MS. JUDITH TAWIAH, Executive Council Member, Women In Energy, Oil & Gas Ghana

West African Entrepreneurs’ Perspectives on Climate Adaptation: Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations

Benin

MS. NAFISSATH FOUSSENI BARRES
MLE Officer
Access Agriculture

MS. ISMENE AHAMIDE
CEO
ISMAST Energy Sarl

Côte d’Ivoire

MR. ANGE PIERRE DAKO
Energy Manager
Energies Market

MS. GRÂCE GOMÉ
Founder
Light On

MS. YAKIÉMA DIABATE KOUYATE
Energy Efficiency Expert,
Manager, Dynamic Technology

Liberia

MS. LILY O. SAAB
Secretary-General
WiRE 

Senegal

MS. KHADY BINTA TRAORÉ 
Vice President
Light On

Closing Remarks

Concluding Insights on West African Entrepreneurs on Climate Adaptation

AWEaP

MS. BERTHA DLAMINI
Founding President
African Women in
Energy and Power NPC

 

Watch our webinar and download presentations shared by speakers:

We encourage you to do the following:

  1. Visit our YouTube channel
  2. Watch previous webinars
  3. Take notes from the presentations given
  4. Note the tips shared on how you can gain entry into the energy and power sector as an entrepreneur
  5. Note programmes in place to address some of the barriers:
    1. Access to market
    2. Access to skills development
    3. Access to finance
    4. Access to technology
  6. Download presentations and listen to the recorded webinar again
  7. Follow through by: visiting websites and taking the initiative to build the network necessary to enable your participation.

Inspiration

"Climate change is a moment to look beyond differences and apply the lens of opportunity, including ground-breaking investments in renewable energies and adaptation. The continent of Africa, home to the world's youngest population, is already on the sharp edge of combining access to electricity with this new development pathway through decarbonisation. Yet there is a pressing need to combine the climate action solutions that are sprouting up across Africa with brand-new sources of finance to ensure that communities everywhere can bolster their climate resilience on a continent that is heating up faster than other parts of the planet and deliver a range of new opportunities like jobs and livelihoods."

Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme.

“We have a final challenge from (Wangari Maathai): to keep trailblazing, to keep our energy up, to keep up negotiations, but most importantly to make sure that everything that is happening here is getting translated, in Africa and the developing and developed worlds.”

Judy Kimamo, Green Belt Movement.

“It is the people who must save the environment. It is the people who must make the leaders change. So we must stand up for what we believe in, and we cannot be intimidated.”

The late Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate.