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The ACCESS Coalition consists of a range of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), both national and international. We aim to strengthen the efforts of CSOs working to deliver universal energy access. We advocate at national and regional levels for transparent and inclusive multi-stakeholder participation at all stages of energy processes. We work with donors and investors to build their understanding of the energy needs of poor groups. We support the capacity building of civil society actors and relevant stakeholders, while also sharing best practice across our networks.

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Special Edition Newsletter – ACCESS at COP 26

November 16th, 2021|

The Secretariat was in Glasgow in Scotland where crucial climate negotiations were being held for the past two weeks after a full year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With support from our partners CAFOD and 11th Hour Foundation, ACCESS has had fruitful #COP26 participation! We held side events, partner meetings, and

Climate Change: What should we expect from COP 26?

October 25th, 2021|

By Bob Aston It is now just a few days for the UK in partnership with Italy to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, UK from 31 October to 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will gather

ACCESS Quarterly Newsletter Updates – September 2021

October 15th, 2021|

We are pleased to release this issue of the Newsletter at a time when pandemic numbers are waning, and vaccines are becoming more and more available! As a result, travel restrictions are easing. The ACCESS team was away part of September for a regional strategy meeting and several engagements in

ACTION 24: Championing the Sustainable Energy Access Agenda in Southern Africa

October 15th, 2021|

In this blog post, we interview Archieford Chemhere, the Country Programmes Coordinator at Action 24. Action 24 is the ACCESS Regional Node for Southern Africa, based in Zimbabwe, coordinating ACCESS engagement in the region. In September 2021, the organization unveiled its engagement strategy, promising increasingly impactful engagement in the region.

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Most ACCESS members are practitioners and civil society groups based in sub-Saharan Africa, in countries with high levels of energy poverty. ACCESS also has members in developing Asia. It also has leading international development organizations and faith-based groups working on energy access as members.

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John Kioli

To improve livelihoods, we need sustainable affordable energy. Over 595m people in Africa today lack electricity.

World Bank must ensure new Africa energy strategy is inclusive and pro-poor. The Bank’s new Africa energy strategy offers it an important chance to mainstream achieving SDG 7 into its energy lending on the continent, through consultation with African civil society.

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