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Appui à la mise en place de systèmes d'informations énergétiques nationaux (SIE-AFRIQUE PHASE II)

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Although many countries have energy sector data and information, participating countries did not have a true Energy Information System (EIS). Data and information are either missing or scattered amongst national institutions making it hard to have a real grasp on the energy sector. By implementing EIS within the Energy Departments, the SIE-Afrique will reinforce the comprehensive overview of the energy sector giving data and information an operational value while reaffirming the coordination role of the Department within the sector. Niger, Senegal, and Togo, have been selected, among 11 candidate countries, through a rigorous process under the hospices of the International Steering Committee. The national team will become autonomous in 3 years, as shown during the pilot project in Benin (1999-2001). This is possible using the successful SIE-Coaching method combined with performance assessment of the team first developed by ECONOTEC during the pilot phase. The team is thus at the core of the project, ECONOTEC playing a catalyst role.


  • Management and development of the national energy information system (EIS) becomes a usual but important task of the Ministry in charge of energy.
  • The 3 national teams have the capacity: 1) to autonomously maintain and manage the EIS 2) to identify national priorities in terms of energy policy 3) to design, assess, and monitor energy policies
  • The EIS offers a comprehensive view of the energy sector.
  • The EIS provides a national dialogue framework for energy stakeholders.
  • Energy data, indicators, and analysis hosted on:,

Lessons learned

  • A first set of energy policies priorities has already been identified. Even with incomplete data, the results are striking. In some cases, the EIS identified the nature and assessed the efforts needed to attain the objectives of current energy policies (this is notably the case for rural electrification objectives).
  • As a result, there is an urgent need to implement efficient EIS before planning any significant investment programme in the energy sector, such as the ones related to Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS) or Rural Electrification Programmes, network interconnections, and additional power capacity. Reliable techno-economic information and more transparency, brought by the EIS, are essential to ensure an efficient allocation of financial resources.
  • The overall impacts of the project are broader than expected: The SIE-Coaching method combined with team management based on performance is now starting to transform the way people work. As one team member writes: The "EIS experience is giving us a length ahead in terms of structure and strength of the ideas and analysis and in terms of work methods that favour teamwork".

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Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie
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Chantal Guertin
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01/01/2005 to 30/06/2008
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