Daey Ouwens Fund
What is the Daey Ouwens Fund?
The Daey Ouwens Fund aims to provide more people in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) with access to energy by promoting small-scale projects in the area of renewable and job-creating forms of energy supply. The Daey Ouwens Fund fits into the Netherland's wider goal of contributing towards the achievement of the United Nations' eight Millennium Development Goals. The fund focuses particularly on:
- Goal 1 (eradicating extreme poverty and hunger) and
- Goal 7 (creating a sustainable environment).
Third tender Daey Ouwens is closed
The third tender of the Daey Ouwens Fund is closed for subsidy applications on 18 January 2011. For the third tender an amount of € 8.5 million was available. The third tender was exclusively focused on 6 countries: Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.
Kees Daey Ouwens
Prof. Kees Daey Ouwens (1936-2007) left a significant mark on Dutch sustainable energy policy. At the age of nineteen he built the first Dutch solar cell, and soon became a specialist in the area of solar and wind energy, hydropower and biomass. Daey Ouwens worked as an energy expert for Shell, Philips, ECN (the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands) and the government. He viewed the transition to a sustainable energy supply, both in the Netherlands and in developing countries, as the main objective of his work, believing that the transition in developing countries could also make a contribution towards combating poverty. He believed that: "If we really dedicate ourselves to achieving this goal, we can achieve it within thirty years."
The subsidy is granted on behalf of the ministry of Foreign Affairs.