the average life expectancy in Sierra Leone is approximately 40 years - one of the lowest in the world
Sustainable development is a vision for the future, about how we manage the future here and now.
Energy is crucial for creating a better future for the world’s poor; from its role in the eradication of poverty through advancements in health, education, water supply and industrialization, to combating climate change.
Sustainable development is to take responsibility for the results of what we do here and now, but has consequences for others in a different time and / or in a different place, as the results of our actions today will inevitably affect others at another time or another place, and thus have an impact on other people's opportunities in life.
For EWB-DK sustainable development is that we are working with smaller communities and strategic actors in creating conditions for the good life for all of us, and support local development processes. With sustainable development it is meant that the processes of change taking place in society, must be of a quality that ensures that they are able to maintain a good life for all of us, and that the resources and environment that we influence are not degraded and affected adversely by our activity today.
EWB-DK’s activities concerning the environment contribute unique and sustainable solutions that tackle global environmental problems. In an effort to manage these issues, EWB-DK’s thematic network for Environment defines three sub categories, namely: Waste Management, Sustainable Energy, and Environmental Planning.
Waste management concerns the health and life quality experienced in every society. Unregulated disposal of waste pollutes the environment and contributes to the spread of contagious diseases, resulting in acute illnesses and in increased mortality rate among populations. EWB-DK’s activities concerning Waste Management comprise, among others, the development of local community waste management strategies including education, as well as waste management following disasters and conflicts (Disaster Waste Management).
The Sustainable Energy Group contributes solutions that, among other things, secures access to information and communication for poor populations, stable electrical supply for local community health clinics, provides income opportunity for small communities through user payment solutions for solar powered mobile phone recharging stations, as well as solar powered cooling facilities for crops in the context of food security.
EWB-DK’s engagement in environmental planning takes place in cooperation with local communities, universities and other relevant actors concerning the environmental issues that affect and stand in the way of development for those communities, and of the lives of the local people.
Partners and Practice
EWB-DK works with professional partners, regional and local authorities, local communities and populations, and other NGOs. EWB-DK supports professional partners with technical assessment, capacity building, technical design, and education, as well as regular coordination, reporting and follow up visits.
EWB-DK supports the local partner with technical expertise where local knowledge is not sufficient and where the local partner can further develop their facilities, organisational capacity and secure an income for their communities.
Global access to modern, renewable energy and cleaner fuels are a prerequisite for combating many of the challenges facing the world today such as poverty, food security, climate change, clean water, health and economic growth. Much of the increased emissions of greenhouse gases come from the way we extract, transform and use fossil fuels for energy. Read more
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