Mahamadou Karamoko Diarra Msc.
Energy Access Coordinator, Mali Folkecenter, Mali
Mr Diarra has a Business Administration and Economics degree from the University of Bamako, having graduated in 2002. Mr. Diarra works at Mali-Folkecenter (MFC), an innovative Malian NGO, as project coordinator for the Local Economic Development Programme. He manages several projects at Mali-Folkecenter linked to energy access for rural communities, financial sustainability of rural electrification projects, and low cost efficient technology transfer. In 2006 he was coordinator of the AREED (African Rural Energy Enterprise Development) project in Mali. This project consisted of promotion of clean energy enterprise development in rural areas, and financial mechanisms to facilitate energy access to low income people using micro-finance. In 2006 he participated actively to mobilise funding from NL Agency to establish the project “Bagani Courant 10”, a project to electrify 10 villages with renewable energy. The project also supported productive use of the electricity to stimulate local economic growth. In 2012 he developed the “One lamp, one woman” project with Christian AID, to disseminate solar lanterns in the South of Mali. He has a great deal of experience with off grid electrification with mini-grids, solar lanterns, biofuel, hybrid (solar –diesel) systems and solar home systems. He also played a significant role in assisting Mali-Folkecenter to establish its own rural electrification company (ACCESS S.A.R.L.), and its micro-finance institution (Nyetaa Finances S.A.) in 2004, and 2008 respectively. He has also participated in various consultations through Mali-Folkecenter on diverse topics for clients including the World Bank, AMADER, Triodos Facet, ILO, And ETC Foundation.