Tag: Southern African Region

Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC)

Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC) is a leading Research and Technology Organization (RTO) established by the Botswana Government in 1979. It is headed by a ten-member Board of Directors appointed by the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology. BOTEC supports the national development goals by aligning research, science and technology products and services with the Vision 2016 ideals and the National Development Plans.

The organization, which leads in harnessing innovative science and technology for the transformation of Botswana into a globally competitive nation, is renowned for successful implementation of energy projects. It operates under the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology.

Since inception, BOTEC has consistently pursued the Government’s policy objective of technology promotion and innovation as a tool for economic development and improvement of the quality of life in Botswana. 

BOTEC aims to create a science and technology research institution of repute in Botswana that will be relevant to the times and make impact to the lives of Batswana and the society in general. 


Contact Information: 
Plot 50654, Machel Drive Maranyane House

Lesotho Council of NGOs (LCN)

The Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) is an umbrella organizations for NGOs in Lesotho. It was established in May 1990 with an objective of providing supportive services to the NGO Community. The Council implements this through networking and leadership training and development, information dissemination, capacity building, coordination, advocacy and representation when dealing with the government and the international community.

1.1. Vision

An effective and vibrant civil society within a democratic, peaceful and sustainable Lesotho. 

1.2. Mission Statement 

To stimulate, promote and build capacity within Lesotho NGOs so that, they are stable, democratic, transparent, skilled, empowered, sustainable and responsive to their beneficiaries needs and those of the voiceless and marginalized. 

Contact Information: 
House No. 544 Hoohlo Extension

Council for Development and Environmental Studies & Conservation (Maudesco)

Mauritius Council for Development, Environmental Studies and Conservation (MAUDESCO) was established in 1985 as a nonprofit, voluntary nongovernmental organization following publication of the Brundtland Report. The spirit of the Brundtland Report and Agenda 21 was to create linkage between environmental protection and sustainable development. MAUDESCO’s mission is to promote the protection of the environment, sustainable development through awareness campaigns, capacity building, education and lobbying. In pursuant of its mission, MAUDESCO conducts sustained awareness raising campaigns, capacity building and advocacy. Its target change agents include women, youth, students, teachers, CBOs, and NGOs.

MAUDESCO is set to upscale its work as it launches a series of activities in the year around the theme ‘1 Billion Tree Campaign of UNEP’.

Contact Information: 
Beeltah Building, Quatre-Bornes
St Jean Road P.O. Box 1124
Port Louis

Centre for Research Information Action in Africa South African Development and Consulting (CRIAA SA-DC)

CRIAA SA-DC is a membership-based NGO that supports rural communities, particularly the poorest members of society, to benefit from sustainably produced indigenous natural products and smallholder crops. 

As a non-profit organisation, CRIAA SA-DC incubates and builds capacity to enable local communities to control and take responsibility for their own ventures. It believes in cooperating at all levels with government and other stakeholders, sharing knowledge and supporting networks and partnerships.

Its broad range of skills and expertise allows CRIAA SA-DC to work throughout the value chain, from identifying opportunities and markets, through developing post-harvest technologies and diversifying products, to securing sustainability, fair trade and organic accreditation. The focus is on developing smart commercial partnerships and sustainable economic ventures based on natural resources.

CRIAA SA-DC also seeks to address the profound challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, particularly by developing and piloting innovative and participatory approaches to give a voice to those living on the frontline of the HIV/AIDS. It aims to embark on programmes which promote livelihood goals and improve the living standards and self-esteem of people living with and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. CRIAA SA-DC will play a significant role in mainstreaming the development of skills which address the socio-economic challenges faced by these individuals and communities.

In the course of its work, CRIAA SA-DC has gained extensive experience in institutional capacity-building with community organisations, farming systems and livelihoods analyses, designing and manufacturing appropriate technologies, conducting media and awareness campaigns, and development project design, management, and monitoring and evaluation.

Contact Information: 
PO Box 23778

Desert Research Foundation of Namibia

The vision of the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia is:

“A Namibia in which people manage the environment for sustainable livelihoods”


Enhancing decision making for sustainable development

-Contribute to robust national policies, laws and strategies 
-Contribute to building sustainable institutions for environmental management
-Promote and build capacity for equitable participation in decision making

-Promote wise and sustainable use of natural resources

-Ensure continuous, equitable access to natural resources and services for all in Namibia
-Contribute to the achievement of food security, poverty reduction and enhanced livelihoods

-Contribute to the National Development Plans (NDPs) and Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) targets in relevant sectors

Maintaining a healthy natural environment that supports the livelihoods of the Namibian people is central to us, therefore passion for the environment is our first value.

We are here to provide relevant information for decision making at all levels. For this reason we strive to be a facts-based organization.

Whatever we do has to be relevant to our objectives and should ultimately contribute towards Vision 2030.
Sustainability We strive towards sustainable interventions, contributing to V2030.

We strive towards involvement and participation of all stakeholders to achieve enhanced environmental management.

Contact Information: 
7 Rossini Str. Windhoek West

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Bureau of Namibia (R3E)


To coordinate and advance all renewable energy and energy efficiency-related developments in Namibia and disseminate reliable information to ensure the efficient and sustainable use of all energy resources for the benefit of present and future generations in Namibia.


  • To assist the Ministry of Mines and Energy in fulfilling its White Paper on Energy Policy (1998) obligations;
  • to address the lack of capacity in the energy sector as a whole and renewable energy and energy efficiency specifically;
  • to perform various Ministry of Mines and Energy non-core functions, thus freeing the Ministry of Mines and Energy to pursue policy issues;
  • to act as an out-sourcing agency with a greater degree of autonomy and stakeholder participation;
  • to implement, coordinate and monitor energy projects and encourage greater cooperation and integration; and
  • to compile project proposals, liaise with funding agencies and ensure fulfillment of project objectives.


• Capacity building and training • information and data management • awareness raising and promotion • monitoring and evaluation • policy support and advice • compilation of reports and project proposals.

Contact Information: 
PO Box 40765

Earth Life Africa (ELA), Namibia

Earthlife Africa ELA is a membership driven organization of environmental and social justice activists, founded to mobilize civil society around environmental issues in relation to people.

Earthlife Africa's main activities are campaign related. This includes lobbying and advocacy with a range of stakeholders including government, building campaigns at community level through sharing information and skills, engaging with environmental impact assessments, engaging the media, and researching and producing information materials. While historically best know for highlighting environmental injustice, we also work to promote ecologically sound alternatives, like renewable energy and efficiency, organic farming and adopting the 'Zero Waste' approach to industrial pollution and waste management. We have also put considerable effort into participation in government policy development processes.

Contact Information: 
P.O. Box 24892

Yonge Nawe Environmental Action Group

Yonge Nawe is a public interest membership based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that campaigns on issues of environment and sustainable development. Yonge Nawe was founded in 1987 by a group of individuals who were concerned with the state of the environment in the country and the low level of environmental awareness and participation by the public. These concerns have been carried throughout the life of the organisation.

Vision: A Swazi society where a healthy environment is valued, natural resources are used sustainably and everyone enjoys a good quality of life.

Mission:  To build capacity of multiple groups to enable them to act in the interest of a healthier environment

-To educate and advocate for sustainable development

-Networking and form working relationships with strategic partners nationally and internationally.

Objectives:  To raise environmental awareness and activism in society for achieving sustainable development.

-To act and protect the environment and natural resources using all available fora.

-To advocate for environmental and socio-economic justice.

-To advocate for development that safeguards the environment and natural resources for present and future generations.

-To conduct research on sustainable development issues to inform policy and decision-making.

-To advocate for policy and laws that guarantee good governance and equitable distribution of resources.

-To represent and act on behalf of the socio-economically disadvantaged in accessing environmental and socio-economic justice.

Contact Information: 
P O Box 2061

Centre for Energy, Environment and Engineering (CEEEZ)

Centre For Energy, Environment and Engineering Zambia Ltd (CEEEZ) is a non governmental organisation which is independent and non profit making in its activities. Its major activities involve collaborating with Government and various institutions in the country and overseas in the fields of energy, environment and engineering. The specific role of CEEEZ is to investigate, analyze and make useful conclusions and policy recommendations on energy, environment and engineering concerns. In addition, CEEEZ carries out studies, research and development, consultancy and training in the areas of energy, environment and engineering.

Energy is a vital input in economic development. Production and use of energy often leads to environmental degradation. In many cases government, energy producers and industrialists are not aware of sound energy and environment management. In addition, they often lack technical expertise to derive sound policy analysis which is necessary to support relevant practices. There is need, therefore, to have independent research institutions that can co-operate with government and industrialists in finding means of ensuring harmony between economic development and the protection of the environment. CEEEZ works to fill this gap.

CEEEZ has been involved in a number of consultancies on energy and environment issues among them being the Zambia Country Study on Climate Change a greenhouse gas emission study supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).

Contact Information: 
Box E 721


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