Regional Coordinator for West Africa , International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE)
Djimingue Nanasta is the Regional Coordinator for West Africa for the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE). Djimingue says that he understood energy poverty when he saw a woman burning a plastic bucket to cook food for her family. “This was and is unacceptable,” he says and he has been working as clean energy advocate ever since.
Djimingue is particularly interested in the crucial implications of increased clean energy access on human and community development. “Success,” he says, “rests on addressing a number of major challenges.” One of those challenges is creating energy policies that take into account the urgent energy needs of peri-urban and rural areas. “In Africa we often fail to consider rural women and men as integral players to energy access and sustainable development,” he says.
At the Summit, Djimingue will share what he has learned through 15 years of hands-on research activities, policy analysis studies and case study identifications aimed at highlighting the role of poverty as the overriding limiting factor to energy access in Senegal and other West African countries. He also hopes to bring what he learns from others at the Summit home in order to address the energy challenges of the communities that he serves.