For each selection, please explain the financial and non-financial support from each
Much of this is hypothetical as we have not secured funding yet!
The university will pay for NileCAT staff to supervise the graduate students. In addition, rather than buy new test equipment, universities here may have what is needed and be willing for us to use it.
NGOs such as UNEP and UNHabitat have already been helpful in providing information on, for example, the SSB project in Darfur including some of its strengths and weaknesses.
Businesses have Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) departments and, for example, the DAL Group CSR manager is confident that some funding is available. The DAL group also has equipment we might be able to borrow and could help with freighting larger things.
The Brazilian Embassy is interested in the project as the press we are going to use is of Brazilian design and this type of building is popular there. There is also a group encouraging collaboration between Sudan and Brazil and we have a Brazilian linked to NileCAT who is working on this option.
Though the lowest income customers would not be able to pay for using a press or for SSBs, micro-finance schemes should allow customers to pay. Especially if we look to community level use of a press to build a number of homes.
How do you plan to grow and/or diversify your base of support in the next three years?
Our hope is that the research will fairly quickly show SSBs to be a viable option here in Khartoum. It will be up to us to bring this evidence to the attention of the parties noted above and give them good reason for starting to support the project or continuing their support.
From NileCAT's point of view, handing over the technology to individuals and communities is our aim rather than continuing the project indefinitely. Therefore, we will encourage both environmental awareness and entrepreneurial thinking so that individuals will see the potential for the technology both within and outside of Khartoum.