Dollo Ado area, located in the southeast part of Ethiopia, comprises the second largest refugee community in Africa. Around 200,000 refugees (registered in UNHCR refugee camps in 2018) live distributed along six refugee camps: Dollo Ado, Buramino, Bolkomnayo, Helaweyn, Kobe and Melkadida.
The names of the refugee camps correspond to the host communities located nearby, being all these refugee and host communities lying into two woredas (local administrative government): Dollo Ado and Bokolmanyo.
Due to the limited access to energy in both refugee and host communities, Alianza Shire will provide sustainable energy solutions to respond to two differentiated necessities:
On the one side, health facilities, humanitarian institutions offices and communal services, such as street-lighting, lack secure energy from renewable sources, since many of them are highly dependent on diesel generators.
Therefore, a sustainable solution based on solar technology adapted to the humanitarian context will be designed to respond to this demand.
On the other, a market-based model will be deployed to provide electricity at household levels to both communities considering the lack of access to this service when houses are widely dispersed and far from electricity connection points through Solar Home Systems.
The marketbased model will foster the local market and entrepreneurship, enhancing the creation of livelihoods within the communities.
Both solutions are co-designed and co-created with the communities so they become producers and consumers at the same time, fostering the creation of new enterprises or retail businesses while building managerial and technical capacities so the solutions can be sustained in time and become self-reliance.
The Comprehensive Refugee Response Frame-work approved in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016 emphasizes that any action on refugee camps must take into account the situation of host communities surrounding the camps.