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Project “Women in Africa – a common approach for education” gains momentum

First workshop with Zimbabwean trade unionists will take place at the beginning of September
Empowerment, the strengthening of autonomy and self-determination, is the central term of the project “Women in Africa – a common approach for education”, initiated by INEP in cooperation with the Zimbabwe Workers Union (ZEWU) and the German trade union IG BCE in the southern African country.


Enerkey is a South African-German cooperative with the goal of developing and implementing projects for the urban energy supply and consumption. The project aims to increase the sustainability in the region Gauteng in South Africa. The project started in 2005 in this region, in which10 million people reside. read more


There is a high demand for accommodation among the poorestwho mostly live in shanties with no aid or fundswhatsoever. This is why we aim to provide low cost accommodation for the poor families in South Africa. The building design also integrates solutions against the climate change and efficient solutions for wastage and sewage. read more

The gap between poor and rich

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Social Innovations

Ideas and measurements to solve social challenges


Innovations - evolve when ideas are transformed into products, services or methods.

Social - describes reciprocal references and basic conditions of cohabitation and human beings.

INEP defines social innovations as ideas and measurements to accomplish social challenges in the interest of the affected people. We are helping to shape social processes that support technological innovations considering a social, cultural and political environment. This happens in terms of our promise to focus on the individual.


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Intensive Exchange on Health Issues and Trade Union Work

INEP and ZEWU satisfied with first workshop in Zimbabwe

Between the 6th and 11th of September INEP hosted the implementation workshop for the Train-the-Trainer Program in Bulawayo in cooperation with the German trade union IG BCE and the Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (ZEWU). During an intensive week, organizers and participants exchanged their views on methods of trade union work. The aim of the project entitled “Women in Africa – a common approach for education” is to improve the health conditions of Zimbabwean employees.


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A water and community house for Cameroon

In Cameroon there is an existing need to enhance the access to medical and sanitary services. Especially the latter, safe and easy access to sanitation has been objective to several development organizations in place (see: World Bank, GIZ). Due to urbanization processes in Cameroon, as they occur in many African countries, insufficient and inadequate sanitation increases the risk of poor health among the population.  Consequently, we seek to support the government in its objective to prevent the spread of hazardous diseases and to tackle issues related to poor sanitation services. In order to make a contribution to improve living conditions in Cameroon, INEP seeks to build a water and community house, which enhances the access to fundamental health services and gives easy access to safe sanitation. We use the house as a tool to introduce health promotion and educational programmes in order to raise awareness of issues related to sanitation. 


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“Women in Africa - A common approach for education”

“Joint project for solidarity to support women in Zimbabwe, carried out by IG BCE (Industrial Union for Mining, Chemistry and Energy) in cooperation with ZEWU (Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union) and INEP“


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The ASH is a modern low-cost climate house which was designed under the administration of Prof. Dr. Bernd Heins, INEP. The easy assembly and the low costs make it perfect for offering a new standard in developing countries and the least developed countries. The ASH is even universally applicable, for example in less socially developed regions and for a better supply of the necessary after catastrophes and the later rebuilding.
Nowadays the ASH can be mass produced and designed forbigger projects. On our website we want to inform you about the project goals and describe the house and its functionality in more detail.
Report about the construction of an ASH in Ilitha


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++ The African Sustainable House as an instrument of disaster management ++

Additionally the ASH offers the opportunity to counter crises fast and effective. Especially after earthquakes and flooding the main issue is the lack of humane accommodation. Mostly, tents are used in regions with mild climate, but this is no solution on the long term. It is costly and often takes years to rebuild all houses. In addition, a good infrastructure is necessary to guarantee a fast reconstruction.
Except for Africa, the ASH is deployable worldwide. The quick production, low costs and easy assembling makes it the perfect solution all over the world.


Further advantages are the very quick and easy assembling (6 hours), the unlimited life time and the support of people in their difficult situations after any kind of catastrophe.

The very simple but effective technique assures a low energy and water consumption and offers high quality sanitary facilities as well as an outstanding resistency against all kinds of extreme weather conditions.
Solar panels can easily be applied, also guaranteeing energy supply in rural areas.

Additionally, the opportunity exists to turn the different types of houses into clinics, community spaces or supply rooms.


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