|Canadian partner:||École Polytechnique de Montréal|
|Developing country partner:||Institut de Recherche en Sciences Appliquées et Technologies|
|Project duration:||March 2005 - June 2011|
The purpose of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the Institut de Recherche en Sciences Appliquées et Technologies (IRSAT), in partnership with the Université de Ouagadougou (UdO), to train the necessary human resources to develop mechanisms ensuring the efficient management of solar power systems designed to supply water to rural communities in Burkina Faso.
Key results to date:
A new diploma program (DUT) in applied solar technology at UdO was approved by the Ministry of Secondary and Higher Education and Scientific Research. Sixty students have already received their diplomas. The DUT was converted into a three-year professional license. Twenty-five UdO professors participated in professional development for university teachers. The ability of IRSAT to train village users on solar technology was strengthened. Training and communication modules were developed and delivered to 30 rural educational agents who, in return, will offer it in their respective communities. Practical training programs allowed students to install or carry out on-site rehabilitation of solar technology equipment. Private companies are now investing in solar energy. A committee made up of representatives from various international aid agencies and Burkinabe ministries meets regularly to fine-tune the introduction strategy for solar energy. In addition, a subcommittee was created to develop a standards code and regulations.
|Canadian partner:||U. du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue|
|Developing country partner:||Université de Ouagadougou|
|Project duration:||February 1999 - June 2001|
The project aimed at ensuring a better development of Burkina Faso's mining sector and equipping senior public officials, managers of small mines and gold panners with highly developed skills, particularly in the area of mining project management.
Key results to date:
Key results to date have included the establishment of a computer laboratory at the University of Ouagadougou, the improvement of the library, and teacher training through a master's degree in project management. However, because of the unfavourable situation, the project could not be completed.