"SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with financial support of the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) organised a two-day international workshop on the Financing of Domestic Biogas Plants' during the period 23-24 October, 2008. The workshop; conducted in Bangkok, Thailand; was participated by 68 participants from 21 different countries in Asia, Africa, Central America and Europe. This workshop proceeding is intended to bring the ideas and views of those attending the workshop to a wider audience of practitioners involved in the dissemination of biogas technology."

"The overall objective of the international workshop was to exchange a maximum of information about the use of financial instruments for financing domestic biogas plants among the participants, being practitioners, bankers, researchers and policy makers, and to arrive at clarity about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the use of the various financial instruments among the participants."

"The workshop was conducted for two days. The workshop programme consisted of three main sessions – plenary presentations on various aspects of financing of domestic biogas plants, group exercise on SWOT analysis, and preparation of country action plans. The detailed schedule has been given in the attached proceedings below."

"The workshop came to an end with closing remarks from Mr. Jean de Matha Ouedraogo, country director of SNV Rwanda and regional sector leader for RE. He thanked all the paper presenters and the participants for their valuable contributions during the entire period of the workshop. Thanking Wim and Biogas Asia team, Jean congratulated the team for successfully organising and conducting the workshop. He acknowledged the trust of Dutch government on SNV to implement biogas and other developmental activities. He told that SNV’s participation in Biogas programmes that stated from Nepal and matured in Asia, has opened doors to many African countries. He reiterated that the knowledge and information exchanged during the workshop would be translated in the workplace for the betterment of the end users. He indicated that individual commitments from the participants to apply the learning would be very instrumental for the success of any biogas programme. He stressed, ‘the objective of the workshop will be 43 fulfilled only when the information and lessons learnt are shared and utilised’. He urged all the participants to celebrate the success and express commitments to work hard in improving the quality of life of the people through enhanced access to energy in general and biogas in particular."

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Wim van Nes
Biogas Practice Leader