The funding is a result of the Welsh Government’s Carbon Investment Scheme which commits Ministers and the wider organisation to balancing the carbon footprint of its air travel, fleet car and hire car travel with investment in projects that seek to reduce carbon emissions.
The Welsh Government has awarded £63, 410 to eight projects across Wales to facilitate working with African communities in the Gambia, Zanzibar, Uganda and Kenya.
The money will support a range of projects including the installation of solar panels at a health clinic in the Gambia that will help to ensure a reliable supply of light, power and water.
The money will also support a solar powered irrigation system in Kenya that will enable the local community to grow crops, including cashew nuts, more effectively.
The projects aim to help communities in Sub Saharan Africa develop and prosper in sustainable and low carbon ways.
Speaking about the funding, Environment Minister John Griffiths said:
“The Welsh Government is committed to reducing carbon emissions across Wales and of course within the Welsh Government itself.
“I’m pleased that our own Carbon Investment Scheme, which requires us to account for our own emissions by investing in carbon reduction projects is supporting such an impressive range of projects in African communities.
"These really are excellent projects which will help to sustainably improve the quality of life for a range of communities, in a way that helps combat the serious challenge of climate change.”
One of the funded community organisations is Sazani Associates in Pembroke which has been working with 30 rural communities in Zanzibar and has recently focused on training women’s groups to use fuel efficient stoves, solar driers and other clean energy technologies.
Also the Africa Greater Life Mission in Llandrindod Wells is working with a community in Uganda to construct a biogas plant near Wakiso Children’s School of Hope. The plant will use vegetable waste to generate biogas that will fuel cooking in the school kitchen.