UNIDO Centre for South-South Industrial Cooperation (UCSSIC – India)
he UNIDO Centre for South-South Industrial Cooperation (India) was established by UNIDO in December 2006, with the full support and assistance of the Government of India. It is located in New Delhi, India. The mandate of the UCSSIC is to: l Provide a platform to encourage closer industrial
l Act as a catalyst, where relevant, to leverage various
on-going projects of governments as well as of UNIDO, and channelise them into coherent initiatives to enhance their effectiveness, and leverage their benefits to sharpen their South-South cooperation component. In achieving this, the UCSSIC coordinates its activities with the various Technical Branches at UNIDO HQ, and UNIDO's field offices all over the world.
cooperation among developing countries, so as to ensure that the less developed can benefit from the expertise and experience of successful strategies adopted by the more developed among the developing countries.
The UCSSIC does not normally fully fund a project; rather, it 'co-funds'. That is, its funds are intended primarily as:
l Design practical and innovative projects to
= Preparatory assistance for project development
facilitate the transfer and diffusion of appropriate technologies, the replication of best practices and promote training, skill development and capacity enhancement in entrepreneurship, trade and investment, either in established fields or in new ones, with social and economic development potential for developing countries in general and LDCs in particular.
and formulation, and = Seed money for leveraging other funds for the
main project Apart from contributions from other donors that may be leveraged, beneficiary countries too are expected to make some contribution, if not in cash then at least in kind, to demonstrate their commitment to the project.
UCSSIC has developed 14 projects (6 complete, 6 under Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, DG UNIDO with Anthony de Sa, UCSSIC Director implementation, 2 in the pipeline) in various sectors: agro-industries, renewable energy and capacity enhancement, worth $5.2 m. It has done this by leveraging an additional $2.5 m. along with its own contribution of $2.7 m. The majority of UCSSIC projects are designed to benefit LDCs. Apart from the specific results achieved in the individual projects/ programmes that the UCSSIC has completed, and is implementing, some significant general achievements that relate to the Centre itself are as follows:
l A practical model has been established in UNIDO
for multi-sectoral delivery of south-south development initiatives. UCSSIC (India) is the first international centre in UNIDO, the individual projects/ programmes of which are back-stopped by different PTC branches. In this sense the modus operandi established through experience for the development and implementation of a variety of projects cutting across technical branches is a model for similar initiatives. l UCSSIC (India) has also been successful in
facilitating, insofar as its projects/ programmes are concerned, quadri-lateral coordination between: = India and the Governments of the beneficiary
countries concerned; = Technical Partners (technology providers) and
the establishment of institutional linkages between developing countries that will hopefully provide a framework for sustained future cooperation. Three broad Focus Areas have been identified. They are: > Agro-Industries > Renewable Energy > Capacity Building , Institutional Strengthening and
Skills Development Among the modes of delivery of the developmental cooperation are: > Awareness Building & Information Sharing > Best Practices Replication > Technology Transfer & Diffusion
= The technical PTC branch concerned; and
> Training & Skills Development
= the URs/ UNIDO field formations in the
> Entrepreneurship & Investment Promotion
beneficiary countries concerned. In this way UCSSIC (India) has been able to tap the potential for synergies, and make its contribution towards the implementation of MDG 8 (Global Partnership for Development).
The UCSSIC (India) is headed by a Director. The other staff consists of a National Programme Officer and an Administrative Secretary.
l UCSSIC has been able to access innovative modes of
development cooperation, including Triangular Cooperation (involving JICA), and the Public-Private Partnership mode. l The south-south projects/programmes of UCSSIC
have succeeded in eliciting a significant positive response to: = the application of appropriate technologies; = the replication of best practices; = the enhancement of capacity through high-
quality training and skill development; and
UNIDO Centre for South-South Industrial Cooperation 7/6 Siri Fort Institutional Area August Kranti Marg, New Delhi – 110 049 INDIA Tel: 91-11-4175 2080 Fax: +91-11-4175 2082 Director: Anthony de Sa, IAS [email protected]
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NPO: KP Lall [email protected]
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Secretary: D. Sridharan [email protected]
Seafood Quality Production & Processing (Timor-Leste)
Title of project: Development of Safety and Quality Infrastructure for the Seafood sector in Timor-Leste Location: Timor-Leste Project Objectives: This project aims to strengthen institutional and national capacities related to seafood production, processing and standards, testing and quality through south-south cooperation and, in doing so, protect consumers and reduce technical barriers to trade that hamper exports and market access for Timorese seafood products. UNIDO Technical Branch: (PTC/TCB/PQE)
South-South Technical Resource Institution: l National Institute for Fisheries and Post-Harvest Technology & Training (NIFPHATT), Kochi, India
Budget: l UCSSIC
l Govt. of Timor-Leste (in-kind)
Duration: 20 months (January 2011 – August 2012) Strategy: The overall strategy involves the operational strengthening and the capacity building of cooperatives of Timor-Leste involved in the value chain in the seafood sector to improve catch yields and ensure its compliance with food safety and quality standards, thus expanding domestic market and export opportunities, and at the same time ensuring higher local consumer protection. Two fishing cooperatives (in Liquica and Atauro) have been identified for fishing improvement, and a women's cooperative, COFETIL will be the focus of the processing initiatives. The project takes the form of a pilot phase. The results achieved through the various interventions under this phase will form the basis for a large scale programme in up-scaling the entire value chain of the fishery/ seafood sector in Timor-Leste.
Processed seafood products that NIFPHATT will train women's cooperative in Timor-Leste to manufacture
The National Institute for Fisheries and Post- Harvest Technology (NIFPHATT) Kochi, India undertakes training in all aspects of the seafood value-chain in accordance with EU standards
Achievements: l Training of fishermen cooperatives undertaken in July-August 2011 by Indonesian expert. l Two-member expert team from NIFPHATT, India,
has studied the field situation and after interacting with all stakeholders have designed a seafood processing facility, included specifying suitable equipment, technical drawings for civil modifications required etc, and assessing specialized training needs. l Timor-Leste Government has made available a
suitable building for the processing plant, and will be undertaking civil construction modifications, and installation of generator for elecrricity and tube-well for water. l On completion of civil works, equipment will be
procured by UCSSIC/UNIDO and installed and commissioned, and further training provided in India as well as on-site in Timor-Leste.
Conference on Industry, Trade & Investment in Africa
Title of project: Policy Familiarization Programme for African Civil Servants - Sanjaya Lall Memorial Conference on IndiaAfrica Cooperation in Industry, Trade and Investment Beneficiary Countries: Senior civil servants and industry representatives from 13 African countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia Project Objectives: Organized by UCSSIC, jointly with UNIDO, UNCTAD, ITC, and the Government of India, for civil servants and industry representatives from Africa, the programme aimed at:
l strengthening the capacity of African policy-
makers to implement industrial policy at the national level, and improving the skills of policy makers to commercialize new knowledge through relevant policy initiatives and interventions that foster sustainable industrial development. The joint programme was based on the work of Prof. Sanjaya Lall, who played a key role in shaping a coherent analytical approach for the work of international organizations on the complex and closely related issues of industrial development, foreign direct investment (FDI), measuring the distance to technological frontiers and the required technological efforts and capabilities, SME competitiveness and development.
l familiarization with the latest trends and
developments in industrial, investment and trade policy thinking, challenges, pitfalls, benefits and opportunities; l identifying new opportunities for South-South
Cooperation between India and Africa; Africa Conference inaugurated by Indian Minister for Commerce & Industry
UNIDO Technical Branch: PCF/RSP/OD South-South Resource Institutions: l Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry(FICCI) l Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Budget: l UCSSIC l Indian Industry(in-kind)
$ 122,400 $
Achievements: l International Conference was held in New Delhi on 10-14 September 2007 in cooperation with UNIDO, UNCTAD, ITC, Ministry of Industry & Commerce, Government of India, and Industry Associations (FICCI and CII) which was attended by 28 delegates from 13 African countries and over 125 Business Delegates and Resource Persons from India, including officials from Central and State Governments, International and National Experts, and Industry Representatives. l The civil servants and private sector
representatives were exposed to the new dimensions of Industrial and Trade Policy making and the determinants of effective policy implementation. l Sectoral Sessions were organized on six key
Industry Sectors, each presented by a panel of experts, policy-makers and heads of relevant technical R&D institutions: = ICT in Industry = Auto Components & Hand Tool = Cost Effective Housing & Building Materials = Renewable Energy (Biomass & Wind) = Pharmaceuticals = Leather and leather products Participants in India Africa International Conference
l Group discussions and site visits provided
several opportunities for net-working and establishing linkages.
Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute
Title of project: Capacity Building of senior officials of Government of Kenya (GoK) and KIRDI technocrats towards Modernization, Up-gradation and Revitalization of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI-Phase-I)
Project Objective: The project aimed at improving the capacity of KIRDI to enhance productivity and quality of industrial training and to become a Centre of Excellence in industrial research, technology and innovation in Kenya, and to expose senior policy makers and technocrats from Kenya to the latest trends in industrial policy development and appropriate technologies, and establish institutional linkages with Indian industrial R&D institutions. UNIDO Technical Branch: Business, Investment and Technology Service (PTC/ BIT/ ITU and PCF/FLD/AFR/K)
l Industry (in-kind)
l 2 week study tour of 9 senior officials and KIRDI
technocrats from Government of Kenya to India (November 2008), namely: = Permanent Secretary to the Government of
Kenya, Ministry of Industrialization
Beneficiary country: Kenya
Budget: l UCSSIC
= Chief Industrial Development Officer, Ministry of
Industrialization = Industrial Development Officer, Ministry of
Industrialization = Director, Kenya Industrial Research and
Development Institute (KIRDI) = Chairman, Finance and Administration
Committee of the Board, KIRDI = Chairman, KIRDI Board of Directors = Managing Director, Kenya Industrial Property
Institute (KIPI) = General Secretary, Jua Kali (National Association
$ 90,400 $ 15,000
of MSMEs in Kenya) = CEO, Jua Kali (National Association of MSMEs in
Duration: 14 months (October 2008 to December 2009)
High-level technocrats from Govt. of Kenya and KIRDI at IMTT, Batala, Punjab, India during their intensive study-tour of India
l Organized presentations/discussions at following
= Energy Management Centre and UNIDO
institutions, and industry associations, in addition to several site visits to industrial clusters, SEZs, and business incubators, namely:
Regional Centre for Small Hydro Power, Trivandrum, Kerala
= National Intellectual Property Office (IPR),
Government of India, New Delhi = Footwear Design and Development Institute
(FDDI), Noida = National Council for Cement & Building Materials
(NCCBM), Ballabhgarh = Institute for Machine Tools Technology (IMTT) ,
Batala, Punjab = Institute for Auto Parts and Hand Tools
Technology, Ludhiana, Punjab = R&D Centre for Bicycle and Sewing Machines,
Ludhiana, Punjab = Rajasthan State Industrial Development &
Investment Corporation Ltd (RIICO), Jaipur = National Centre for Development of Stones
(CDOS), Jaipur, Rajasthan = Export Promotion Industrial Park, Sitapura,
= Chingoli Coir Industrial Cooperative Society,
Kayamkulam, Kerala = Mats & Matting Society, Ambalapuzha, Kerala = International Centre for the Advancement of
Manufacturing Technology (ICAMT), Bangalore, Karnataka = UEI Global School for Service Management,
Jaipur, Rajashtan = Kochi Chamber of Commerce, Kochi, Kerala = Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce
and Industry(FICCI), Jaipur, Rajasthan = Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), New Delhi = Bangalore International Exhibition Centre,
Bangalore, Karnataka l Needs Assessment Report prepared as follow-up by
expert technical mission to Kenya in February 2009. l Project document for Phase-II prepared.
Jaipur, Rajasthan = Central Tool Room, Ministry of Micro Small and
Medium Enterprises, Ludhiana = Indian Institute of Scinece (IISc), Bangalore,
Karnataka = Central Manufacturing Technology Institute
(CMTI), Bangalore, Karnataka = Indian Plywood Research & Technology Institute
(IPRTI), Kochi, Kerala = Society for Development of Composites (TIFAC),
Bangalore = Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers Association
(IMTMA) = Technopark -Technology Business Incubator,
Delegation from Govt of Kenya and KIRDI at IMTT, Batala
CAPACITY BUILDING: Title of project: Potential Investors in Africa Survey (India Component) Project Objectives: The Potential Investor Survey's proximate purpose was to gather information from senior executives of companies in five countries (China, France, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom) to understand their foreign investment decisions. This project relates to the Indian component of the survey. Its ultimate objective was to improve the capacity of African countries to attract FDI by providing them with the information to target particular types of investors and design appropriate promotion strategies. It is expected to assist African countries in improving the conditions for foreign investment and indirectly to stimulate sustainable and equitable growth and poverty reduction. This specific project is the India Component, and surveyed Indian companies on their attitudes towards business opportunities in Africa and the obstacles to investing there. The project is complementary to UNIDO's on-going Africa Investor Survey being implemented by PTC/BIT/ITU. It addresses a problem of selection bias in other Africarelated investment surveys. Whereas other surveys have sampled firms already in Africa, the Potential Investor Survey sampled companies that have either not invested or have considered but not yet committed themselves to investing in Africa. The difference matters because it is the as yet uncommitted firms that policymakers in Africa wish to attract and whose perceptions and preferences are likely to differ systematically from those of existing investors.
Potential Investors in Africa Survey UNIDO Technical Branch: Business, Investment and Technology Service (PTC/BIT/ ITU) South-South Resource Institutions: l Nielsen Company, Mumbai l Federation of Indian Chambers and Industry
(FICCI) l Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Budget: $ 28,000 Duration: 18 months (April 2010 – September 2011)
Achievements: = Nielsen Company, Mumbai, identified as Survey firm. = Specialised training of enumerators undertaken. = 185 Indian companies having an investor-
connection with, or contemplating investment in, Africa surveyed in several cities in 10 States of India, e.g. Maharashtra (Mumbai, Pune); Delhi; Uttar Pradesh (Noida); Haryana; Tamil Nadu (Chennai); Karnataka (Bangalore); Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad); West Bengal (Kolkata); Rajasthan (Bhiwadi); and Gujarat. = Data collected, and electronically submitted to
Columbia University for analysis. = On completion of similar surveys in other key
investing countries, the comparative data analysis will be presented to Indian industry and policy makers of countries in Africa. = The results are expected to inform UNIDO's
work with investment promotion agencies in Africa and, ultimately, to strengthen the efforts of African countries to attract foreign direct investment including from emerging economies such as India and China.
Some of the potential benefits to Indian and African companies are: l The opportunity to use the data to analyse the
investment environment in African and other developing countries, and to have a voice in policy advocacy; l The opportunities to use the data to assess their
strength and weakness in comparison with similar companies operating in the same sector and in the same countries; l The opportunity to use data for trend and supply
chain analysis in order to evolve appropriate strategies.
UNIDO-VIMTA South-South Training Facility (UVSSTF)
Title of project: Establishment of UNIDO-VIMTA South-South Training Facility for Testing Laboratories (UVSSTF) and initially training 89 technical staff from food, drugs and biotech testing laboratories in developing countries. Location: Hyderabad, India Project Objectives: The prime objective of this initiative was to establish the UNIDO-VIMTA South-South Training Facility for Testing Laboratories (UVSSTF) jointly with UNIDO/UCSSIC and a private sector partner VIMTA Labs. This UVSSTF is a training facility for Chemists/ Scientists/ Analysts/ Laboratory Management Staff from food, agro and drug testing laboratories in developing countries. It is a south-south cooperation initiative in partnership with Vimta Labs, Genome Valley, Hyderabad, India, which facilitates training, knowledge transfer and skill development in operating and managing testing laboratories, laboratory accreditation, and in analyzing contaminants, residues and adulteration in food, agroproducts, drugs and pharmaceuticals, quality assurance, control measures and standards adherence. This training courses include enhancing technical capabilities of the staff of the testing laboratories in developing countries in the use of analytical instruments and techniques, and exposing them to the latest legal and technical requirements in food & agroproducts export, thus having a direct impact on the growth of exports of the agro & food processing sector, as well as on public health standards.
Inauguration of the UNIDO-VIMTA South-South Training Facility, Hyderabad, September 2010
UNIDO Technical Branch: Trade Capacity-Building (PTC/TCB/PQE) Private Sector Partner: VIMTA Labs, Hyderabad, India Budget: = UCSSIC
= VIMTA Labs (in kind)
Duration: 18 months (April 2010 to September 2011) PPP Mode: The unique feature of this UCSSIC project is that it has been implemented in Public-Private Partnership mode with VIMTA Labs. Vimta Labs is one of India's leading contract research and testing organizations based in Genome Valley, in Hyderabad. It has earned a global reputation as an integrated, quality-driven, customer-sensitive, contract research and testing organization. It is recognized nationally and internationally for its competence and capabilities in a range of testing areas, and for adherence to international standards and quality. Vimta is approved by the USFDA, the EU and WHO. It is an active member of WAITRO (World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations), and has a long association of many years with several UN agencies, including UNIDO, IAEA, UNODC, WHO, FAO etc, for which it has executed jobs as well as conducted trainings. Vimta Labs have also partnered with UNIDO and WAITRO to design and launch the LABNET portal for the benefit of Testing Laboratories in developing
A training session underway at UVSSTF, Hyderabad, India
countries. Vimta Labs has state-of-the-art equipment in a world-class setting. Its investment in equipment alone is to the tune of 30 million dollars. Vimta Labs has an excellent training infrastructure for training primarily for their own staff on induction – conference rooms, lecture theatres, a library, an auditorium, practice laboratories, modern equipments, canteen and accommodation facilities. Vimta Labs has a team of over 700 professionals, comprising almost 500 scientists in various disciplines such as Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular biology and Informatics. More than 15% of these are PhDs. Several of the staff have rich experience of working in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Achievements: l UNIDO-VIMTA South-South Training Facility for Testing Laboratories (UVSSTF) established as a functional 'virtual' facility in PPP mode jointly by UNIDO/ UCSSIC and private sector partner VIMTA Labs, at Hyderabad, India. l Trainees have access to state-of-the-art world class
equipment during training. l 13 training courses conducted for 89 participants
from 45 laboratories in 23 developing countries between July 2010 and Sep 2011. l Country-wise break-up of the 89 beneficiaries is :
Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan ,Burundi, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lao PDR, Liberia, Libya, Malawi ,Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia.
l Training courses were undertaken in following 6
areas: = Chemical Analysis of food products for metals,
moisture and proximate analysis = Laboratory accreditation and aspects of Quality
Systems = Pharmacoepial testing of drugs and drug
products = Microbial analysis of food products = Analysis of food products for vitamins, fatty
acids, additives (BHA) and anti-biotic residues = Pesticide (organochlorine and arganophosphate)
residue analysis in water and food materials by gas chromatography – mass spectroscopy l Action underway for using the UVSSTF on a
sustainable basis for various biotech and food related testing trainings.
VIMTA Labs, Hyderabad, location of UVSSTF
CAPACITY BUILDING: Title of project: Youth Entrepreneurship & Skills Development Initiative (YES-DI) to augment Youth Employment opportunities in the Mano River Union Location: Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone Project Objectives: The objective of the project is to leverage Indian institutional capacity and best practices experience for youth entrepreneurship development and youth employment generation in the 4 countries of the Mano River Union region. UNIDO Technical Branch: Business, Investment and Technology Service (PTC/BIT/ITU) South-South Technical Partners: l Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, India l Mano River Union Secretariat
Budget: l UCSSIC: l VIT (in-kind):
Youth Entrepreneurship (Mano River Union) Strategy: l The capacity of the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India, is being leveraged for designing and implementing a three-month entrepreneurship development programme for 24 participants, at its campus in Vellore, India. VIT is one of India's premier technology institutes, that includes the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Business School and Technology Business Incubator (TBI). Programmes at VIT are accredited by National and International agencies such as NBA, NAAC, IET (UK), Energy Research Institute (UK), and ABET, USA. l The participants consist of 16 potential youth
entrepreneurs (4 from each country) and 8 Resource Persons (2 from each country), selected through a transparent system of inviting applications, and then screening according to relevant criteria by Joint National Committees as well as UCSSIC / VIT.
$ 43,200 $ 212,700
Duration: 18 months (June 2011 to November 2012)
VIT-TBI: Technology Business Incubator - building 'technopreneurs'
Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Campus, Vellore, India
VIT Central Library
Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Campus
l The training in VIT is designed to enable selected
MRU youth with entrepreneurial ambitions to acquire basic managerial skills, a broad understanding of the knowledge-economy, exposure to real-life entrepreneurship situations, best practices and appropriate technologies in their chosen industrial sector, and thus assist them in developing their ideas into viable, bankable projects. l The Resource Persons from business or
academic institutions in the selected countries will be trained to follow-up and support the youth entrepreneurs in the implementation of their plans in their home countries. l Participants in the training will have access to the
VIT Technology Business Incubator (VIT-TBI) on the campus, which adds special value to the choice of VIT as a partner in this project. Established with support from the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and up-graded with assistance from the World Bank under the INFO-DEV programme, the VITTBI offers aspiring entrepreneurs several windows of support, including help in framing applications for finance, technical and financial assistance for prototype development, common facilities for offices, 'wet labs', and continuous follow-up and support. There are several success stories, and a number of incubatees currently attached. The VIT-TBI specialises in assisting what they call 'Technopreneurs' – entrepreneurs using technology to establish businesses. l The trainees and Resource Persons will be linked
to other beneficiaries of the Multi-stakeholder programme to strengthen network of entrepreneurs and business trainers
Achievements: l Applications invited from 4 MRU countries and screening of applicants made by National Selection Committees and VIT l 16 youth entrepreneurs and 8 Institutional
Resource Persons from four MRU countries identified. l 16 entrepreneurial ideas for development into
concrete projects identified. l 3-month training course at VIT, India scheduled
during 18 Jan- 14 Apr 2012 l Hand-holding by Resource Persons under the
guidance of VIT proposed subsequently l Further follow up technical mission of VIT &
UCSSIC proposed in September/October 2012
RENEWABLE ENERGY: Title of project: Renewable Energy through Biomass Gasification for Productive Uses and Rural Transformation in West Africa Location: Ebonyi in Nigeria and Songhai Centre in Benin Project Objective: Broadly the programme has been developed to achieve following objectives: a) Demonstrate techno-economic feasibility of biomass gasification technologies for power generation and productive uses in rural areas; b) Install 50 KW of renewable energy in two locations, and build local capacity in operation, maintenance & management, and thus to disseminate information about this technology for wider replication. The project assists the counterparts (Songhai Centre in Benin and Ngbo Business Area in Ebonyi State of Nigeria) in setting up biomass gasifiers of 25KW each as a source of clean and reliable electricity.
Biomass Gasification (Benin, Nigeria) UNIDO Technical Branch: Energy and Climate Change (PTC/ECC/RRE) South-South Technical Resource Institution: l Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore Budget: l UCSSIC
l Ebonyi State Govt
l Ebonyi State Govt
l Songhai Centre
Benin (in-kind) TOTAL
$ 150,000 $ 639,000
Duration: 27 months (January 2010 to March 2012)
Prototype of Biomass Gasifier to be installed in Benin and Nigeria
Strategy: This is developed as a south-south cooperation initiative in technology transfer of biomass gasification technology aimed at providing access to clean, reliable and affordable energy for productive purposes. The beneficiaries have abundant biomass resources but not the technology to utilize them for effective electricity generation, which is currently met through diesel generators. With a reliable captive source of electricity the profitability of the beneficiaries will be improved through utilization of locally available renewable energy resources (biomass) for energy generation. There is also a positive 'demonstration' effect which is being leveraged to facilitate replication of the success of these energy plants in significant locations, in other parts of West Africa.
Achievements: l Initial training of 5 key managerial and technical personnel from both beneficiary organizations undertaken in January 2010 by IISc, Bangalore, India l Design of Biomass gasification renewable energy
plants (25 KW each) completed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. l Fabrication of equipment in process in India. l Installation and commissioning of plants at site
scheduled for January 2012. l On-site operation training by IISc, Bangalore,
scheduled for January 2012 in Ebonyi and Songhai. l Hand-holding by IISc for three months until
Technocrats from Songhai Centre, Benin, and Ebonyi Business Association, Nigeria, at a site visit during training at IISc, Bangalore, in biomass gasification process
RENEWABLE ENERGY: Title of project: Solar Micro-Utility Enterprises (SMUEs) for promoting rural energy and productive uses. Location: Six rural health centres in Bangladesh Project Objectives: The project aims to establish Solar Micro-Utility Enterprises (SMUEs) across 6 chosen local communities in Bangladesh to provide 30 KW of clean, reliable and affordable electricity to the rural community through micro enterprises using solar energy and to catalyze productive activities, as well as to provide energy to offgrid rural health centres. This project is a south-south cooperation initiative in technology management and knowledge transfer. The project will operate under a self-sustainable business model where revenue generated from the energy services will be utilized towards the maintenance and operation of the SMUE, as well as generate a surplus for community welfare activities.
Solar Micro-Utility Enterprises (Bangladesh) UNIDO Technical Branch: Energy and Climate Change (PTC/ECC/RRE) South-South Technical Resource Institution: l The Energy Resources Institute of India (TERI) Budget: l UCSSIC
l Government of Bangladesh (in-kind) $ 75,000
Duration: 15 months (October 2011 to December 2012)
UCSSIC & TERI officials interact with stakeholders in a Bangladesh village
Strategy: The 6 SMUEs (5 KW each) will be established and operationalised in six rural health centres, which will host and manage the SMUEs, and in return get 30% of the electricity so generated free, while utilizing the other two-thirds for productive entrepreneurial purposes. The Village Management Committees that manage the rural health centres will also manage the SMUE, and select an educated unemployed youth from the village to be trained in operational and technical maintenance of the equipment. The Health Worker (a government appointed graduate) will maintain the accounts of the SMUE. Thus no additional cost is envisaged on the management structure of the SMUE. This model can be replicated in other places using any public institution (such as a school or veterinary centre) to host the SMUE (and get some electricity free in return as compensation).
Solar panels at SMUE
Achievements: l Six health centres in off-grid rural locations identified. l Technical package and business model for solar
multi-utility enterprise developed by TERI. l Dialogue initiated with Local Government
Engineering Department (LGED), Bangladesh Government, for taking up construction and related agreements with UNIDO. l Identification of an Industry Partner in
Bangladesh is being initiated for supply and maintenance of equipment.
A model Solar Multi Utility Enterprise (SMUE)
One Product Industrial Cluster (Ethiopia, Uganda)
Title of project: Development and application of a new technical assistance product One Product Industrial Cluster – OPIC (based on Japan's One Village One Product and UNIDO's Cluster and Business Linkages) as a vehicle for economic growth and poverty alleviation in Africa Location: Bahir Dar & Awassa in Ethiopia, and Kisoro & Luwero in Uganda Project Objectives: The project is based on an innovative approach that combines UNIDO's Cluster and Business Linkages (CBL) methodology with that of Japan's 'One Village One Product' (OVOP) for micro, small and medium enterprises. It's funding is an example of Triangular Cooperation.
capacity building in areas such as sourcing, producing and marketing locally produced goods and services in selected clusters. (b) To develop an integrated methodological package combining the best features in CBL and OVOP, suitable for use in Africa. UNIDO Technical Branch: Business, Investment & Technology Service (PTC/BIT/CBL) Funding (Triangular Cooperation): l UNIDO Centre for South-South Industrial Cooperation (UCSSIC-India) l Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
The project has a two-fold objective: (a) To contribute to poverty reduction, industrial growth and community based development with a clusterbased approach in Ethiopia and Uganda through Nubian refugee women manufacturing papyrus fibre products in Luwero, Uganda
South-South Technical Resource Institutions: l Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC), New Delhi, India l Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC),
Achievements: l Four clusters identified and mapped (Bamboo and Edible Oil in Ethiopia, and Bamboo and Natural Fibre Products in Uganda). l Diagnostic studies made for all the clusters.
Guwahati, India l Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya
l CDAs trained by Foundation of MSME Clusters
(FMC), Validation workshops organized.
Budget: l UCSSIC
l Action plans and strategies prepared and market
research studies done for 4 clusters.
l Govt of Ethiopia (in kind)
l Govt. of Uganda (in kind)
for cluster-based technology transfer, collective training, production and marketing.
l Skill up-gradation programmes undertaken
Duration: 24 months (January 2010 – December 2011)
l Beneficiaries organized into associations/groups
through a series of technical trainings by FMC, KEFRI and CBTC (in each cluster), and necessary institutional linkages established, where relevant. l Skill Up gradation training organized in Awassa
cluster (Ethiopia) by RAMDESA and TVET. l Training programme organized in machinery
operation and oil processing for 25 MSMEs by University of Bahir Dar (Ethiopia). l A permanent common show room for marketing
& sales promotion established in Kisoro (Uganda). l Market exposure visits of artisans undertaken. l New “OPIC methodology “ drafted and is under
review for finalization.
Bamboo cluster at Awassa, Ethiopia
Concluding session of training by FMC Indian expert at Kisoro, Uganda
Bamboo Centre (Timor-Leste)
AGRO-INDUSTRY: Name of project: Establishment of a Bamboo Skills Development, Production and Demonstration Centre in Timor-Leste through South-South Cooperation (in two phases) Location: Timor-Leste Project Objectives: Contributing to poverty reduction by means of employment and income generation in a post-crisis situation through establishing a Bamboo Skills Development, Production and Demonstration Centre in Timor-Leste. UNIDO Technical Branch: Agri-business (PTC/AGR/AIS) South-South Technical Resource Institutions: l Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati, Assam, India l South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF),
Guwahati, Assam, India
Budget: (combined for both phases) l UCSSIC
l Govt. of Timor-Leste (in-kind)
Duration: 44 months (for both phases) (August 2008 to March 2012) Strategy: l Creating awareness about industrial potential of bamboo utilization. l Producing bamboo laminate boards, and then
using these as a wood-substitute, thus greatly enlarging the scope of bamboo utilization from mere traditional furniture-making. l Providing equipment for manufacture of
laminate boards in the earlier phase, and then equipment for diversification of products such as bamboo blinds. l Training of villagers in correct harvesting
methods of culms in the wild to increase yield.
Culm harvesting training in Timor by Indian expert forester
l Establishing nurseries of selected indigenous
species of bamboo for their multiplication through rural community involvement in plantation. l Production of quality bamboo furniture of
modern design (including knock-down) out of bamboo laminates. l Production of handicrafts, household items and
other minor items such as satay sticks and toothpicks from bamboo wastes. l Enhancing up-stream benefits though training
village communities in bamboo splitting as value added raw material for the Centre. l Enhancing downstream benefits by training
carpenters in the use of bamboo laminates for modern furniture and also artisans in handicraft making. l Providing training of high quality at all levels of
the bamboo industrial value chain l Providing technical and managerial in-puts for
removing bottlenecks, and marketing in-puts for setting the Centre on a sustainable path.
Achievements: l Centru Bambu Timor Leste (CBTL) established as a functioning production centre of bamboo laminates, bamboo furniture, bamboo blinds and bamboo handicrafts, with a trained staff of 40 persons. l Installed capacity of bamboo laminate board
production machinery is 1000 sq.mts per month. l Equipment for manufacture of bamboo blinds
procured and installed. l Capacity building of staff undertaken through
training of 8 key managerial and technical staff in CBTC in India, and four technical trainings of various types in Timor-Leste. l Training on scientific Culm harvesting and
plantation of bamboo given to farmers, and bamboo sapling nursery established with expertise from India. l Technical inputs on furniture design and quality
furniture production. l Training to artisans on handicraft making,
especially from bamboo wastes. l Diversification of product lines (product waste
utilization, bamboo laminates, bamboo blinds, value-added marketable products). l Current sales of various bamboo manufactured
products around $30,000 per annum. l Government committed to granting Centre
complete functional autonomy to make it self-sustaining, including possibility of transformation into a public company. l Sales and promotion brochure prepared, and
preparations underway for participation in international trade fair in Singapore/ Malaysia in March 2012.
The Bamboo Centre established in Timor-Leste
Timorese technicians being trained at CBTC, Guwahati, India
Neem Bio-Pesticides (Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
Title of project: Development of Productive Capacity and Promotion of Neem-derived Bio-Pesticides Locations: Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone Project Objectives: The programme is aimed at promoting the use and development of production capacity of eco-friendly and cost-effective pesticide derived from neem kernels, in three countries of West Africa, e.g. Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. UNIDO Technical Branch: Environmental Management Branch (PTC/EMB/SCU) South-South Technical Resource Institutions: l Regional Network on Pesticides for Asia and the
Pacific (RENPAP), New Delhi, India l Neem Foundation, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India l Vivekananda Institute of Bio-technology,
Nimpith, West Bengal, India
Budget: l UCSSIC
l Beneficiary countries
($75,000 each in-kind) l RENPAP (in-kind)
$ 225,000 $ 75,000 $ 610,750
Duration: 24 months Project Strategy: This will be achieved through a 'neem-shed area development' strategy, transfer of appropriate technology, south-south institutional linkages, skill enhancement and training at the village level. The production and use of neem kernel-derived biopesticides is aimed at boosting rural development, agribusiness and micro-industries promotion, poverty alleviation and employment generation, while at the same time strengthening environmental protection and elimination of health hazards by providing a low-cost bio-efficient alternative to toxic POPs and nonbiodegradable chemical pesticides, and supporting organic food production. In this pilot phase, one neem-shed area in each country will be developed, and Neem Centres established to function as demonstration, production and promotion centrse of neem kernel-derived bio-pesticides based on aqueous extraction (NKAE) technology which has been perfected in India and now popularized in the network of 17 countries of Asia and the Pacific by RENPAP.
UCSSIC & RENPAP officials with scientists working on neem bio-pesticides at Accra University, Ghana
This would be backed up by an academic R&D institution in each country which will be strengthened to carry out bio-efficacy and phyto-toxicity studies to determine country-specific agro-climatic specific dosages and other necessary scientific data. The national institutions with which technical partnership linkages will be established are:
Status: l Preparatory missions to Sierra Leone, Ghana,
and Nigeria undertaken l Project document finalized jointly with RENPAP l Approval of Prodoc under consideration of AMC
at UNIDO Hqrs
Ghana (i) Ghana University Institute of Agricultural Research, Accra (ii) Tropical Agricultural Marketing & Consultancy Services (TRAGRIMACS) Nigeria (i) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State (ii) College of Agriculture, Hassan Usman Polytechnic, Katsina State (iii)Neem Links, Non-Governmental Organization, Katsina Sierra Leone (i) Njala University, Moyamba district (ii) National Federation of Farmers, Waterloo Eventually the mechanized production technology could be transferred to the agro-industries/ pesticide industry in West Africa for production of packaged neem-kernel powder with long shelf-life through commercial ventures. The project also aims at eventually establishing a regional network on pesticides in West Africa of initially three countries (namely Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone), modelled on and linked to RENPAP. A farmer willing to undertake trials with neem-derived pesticides in Nigeria