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Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it?

Charlotte Taylor,  in partnership with Mariama Kamara, Founder and Director, Smiling Through Light

The energy sector is traditionally male-dominated with men’s access to better education, skills training, and finance enabling them to develop businesses and access markets that women have often been excluded from as a result of gendered social norms and women’s unpaid care work. In the energy world, the role of women has often been limited to that of consumers; particularly in relation to the household sphere and cooking practices. The benefits of clean cooking fuels and technologies on women and girls is championed on global platforms; and women are being increasingly recognised as important to energy access planning processes. What benefits arise, though, when we embrace and empower women as agents of change who are actively striving for, and driving us towards, Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7)? Continue reading “Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it?”

ACCESS and the One for All Campaign – Webinar Monday 6th March 1400 GMT

One for All is an independent, global campaign that seeks to mobilize new forms of capital and new investors to invest in energy access. One for All will dramatically diversify and increase funding for energy access – and bring clean affordable energy to remote rural places, for cooking, lighting, clinics, and schools and businesses. We will support communities to build local capacities. We will direct and scale investments to solve a global problem at the local level.

View the recording of the webinar.

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Bringing solar out of the shadows

By Sarah Best, senior researcher in IIED’s Shaping Sustainable Markets research group.

For Tanzania to meet its energy needs – and in a way that is sustainable – huge levels of finance are required to boost its decentralised energy sector. But the latest research shows current funding flows are way off target.

 

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Key messages from Civil Society into the Africa-EU Energy Partnership Southern Africa Forum

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ACCESS members with Zambian Civil Society Organisations
Presented by Angela Kabeto, Youth Climate Ambassador, UNICEF, and Benny Ndonyo,  Energy and Environmental Concerns For Zambia (EECZ). Watch the video.

On behalf of the Alliance for Civil Society Organisations for Clean Energy access (ACCESS) network and civil society from across Zambia, thank you for the opportunity to engage in the AEEP Sustainable Energy in Southern Africa Forum. The ACCESS network is a coalition of civil society organisations working on energy access – we advocate for people living in poverty to have access to safe, reliable and affordable energy, and for environmentally sustainable and efficient energy systems globally. We are made up of international NGOs as well as hundreds of regional and national CSOs. Continue reading “Key messages from Civil Society into the Africa-EU Energy Partnership Southern Africa Forum”

Light Up Liberia

By Shanti Kleiman, Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps Liberia recently launched a 36 month European Commission funded (EC) project, Light Up Liberia, in the several counties of Liberia. With the EC’s support, Mercy Corps Liberia will improve access to affordable and sustainable energy services for rural families living in poverty and achieve the following results: Continue reading “Light Up Liberia”

Kenya Climate Change Working Group – Case Study

Interview with John Kioli, Chair of the Kenya Climate Change Working Group, by Hannah Mottram

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The Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG)  is a consortium of over 300 organisations working climate on climate issues. We try to support government in international meetings, such as the recent COP in Marrakech. Our civil society members have been engaged with energy and climate issues for longer than some members of government, so it is a strength that we can support. We also maintain an oversight of government and county policies, and hold them to account.

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John Kioli with Kenyan delegates at COP22

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