Germany-based technology company, Siemens and social services organisation, Plan International Germany have announced plans to collaborate on future humanitarian projects to assist marginalized populations across Africa, with an initial emphasis on Sudan.
The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them tackle issues specifically facing displaced communities affected by the conflict in neighboring South Sudan.
The partnership will start by addressing educational and infrastructure needs of communities in the White Nile State, including hybrid solar solutions in areas where access to decentralized energy is urgently required to enable sustainable development; Plan International is a child-centered community development organization that assists the most vulnerable in more than 50 countries, including Sudan
The initial focus is on remote regions in Sudan, where Siemens and Plan International will provide aid in the educational and training sector, starting in White Nile state. Plan International is a child-centered organization that aligns with Siemens’ goal to support sustainable growth in the region.
“With this agreement, Siemens further solidifies its commitment to significant humanitarian efforts in Sudan to address basic human needs and essential infrastructure,” the tech company said in a recent statement issued this week.
“Siemens follows a clear business-to-society model in all countries and communities where it operates, and the goal is to directly impact the quality of life of the citizens of Sudan. Siemens and Plan International will focus on the renovation and modernization of 2 schools in the White Nile region incorporating a hybrid electrification solution for the schools and surrounding community,” added the firm.
According to 2018 data collected by Plan International, Sudan continues to receive ongoing significant influxes of refugees into areas such as the White Nile State. The majority of refugees are women and children (88%), who arrive in poor health after traveling many days to reach Sudan, often by foot, and who are in urgent need of protection, nutrition, shelter and health support.
There are over 170,000 refugees living across 8 camps in White Nile. Over-congestion remains a serious concern, with all camps currently hosting populations beyond initial capacity.
“This area is in desperate need of sustainable solutions,” explained = Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.
“While short-term aid is welcome and much needed, our aim is to provide self-sustaining solutions in education, skills development and training, as well as a hybrid energy solution to state, benefit the marginalized populations in areas struggling to keep up with the influx of refugees,” she added.
“As a technology company with a footprint across Africa, Siemens has a keen understanding of the impact energy infrastructure has in marginalized areas,” the tech firm said in its statement. The company noted that access to electricity is the catalyst that enables access to education, food security, healthcare and sustainable growth.