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CTA. 1988. KENGO. Spore 17. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Information which is generated but not disseminated in a form which is of use to those who need it is information wasted. Diffusion of new ideas, experiences, and technologies lies at the heart of sound development policy. In Kenya, the need to...
Information which is generated but not disseminated in a form which is of use to those who need it is information wasted. Diffusion of new ideas, experiences, and technologies lies at the heart of sound development policy. In Kenya, the need to bridge the gap between research institutions, development agencies, and voluntary development organizations is real. Most NGOs in Kenya lack effective information gathering and transfer mechanisms, hence little effort is made to collect and document invaluable case experiences in development activities. This is all the more sad because voluntary organizations, as implementors of development projects on the ground, can alert and educate the public on relevant environment issues, in support of sound development policies. KENGO was founded in 1982 as a national network of NGOs working in renewable energy and development in Kenya. It thus acts as a catalyst in planning, initiating and coordinating NGO projects in these areas. Further, it supports and promotes NGO projects by the provision of technical assistance, information on renewable energy and environmental conservation and training through workshops. Acting as an active link between about 500 NGOs, government agencies, development agencies and research institutions working on biomass energy and agroforestry in Kenya, KENGO now has approximately 150 members (membership has trebled since its foundation) among national network organizations, professional institutions, community groups and district-based organizations. Production, and exchange of information is a crucial factor in KENGO's networking initiatives. It coordinates the procurement and transfer of information on renewable energy technologies and environment to diverse categories of people through the Public Information Development Unit (PIDU). PIDU processes and produces information from KENGO technical research and field implementation programmes, and transmits it to funding and development agencies policy makers, Kenya government extension personnel, NGO extension personnel, research institutions, education institutions, and media agencies. PlDU's objective are to research and document data on renewable energy technologies and environment, to develop and produce educational resource materials to maintain active networking links with those organizations served by KENGO, to act as a catalyst to and to facilitate exchange of experiences among researchers, members of the public and NGOs through workshops and seminars. KENGO's main networking tool is KENGO News, which has now become the leading newsletter on renewable energy and development in Kenya, producing investigative reports, field research and a literature review. KENGO has a small, but growing reference library, which is again indicative of the increasing demand which the organization tries to meet.