The future of the planet is in the hands of the people

By Biraj Gautam, People, Energy & Environment Development Agency (PEEDA), Nepal

 

The future of the planet is in the hands of the people. Access to energy services is the future for the upcoming generation. I would like to share what I have learnt and gained knowledge in this field. Access to energy services reduces the gap between sorrow and happiness of the community people. Grass-root communities are deprived of many basic necessities and utilities. I have seen the dependency of the local people on natural resources – such as water, grazing land and forests. Depletion of these resources makes it difficult for them to survive.

As a part of PEEDA- WISIONS partnership  “Demonstration of Sustainable Low Head Pico Hydro to Deliver Enhanced Rural Energy Services”, I  assess the project and its contribution to the socio-economic development of the country. The activities included the installation of pico hydro plants of capacities 3 KW and 1 KW in Toksel VDC and Katunje VDC of Okhaldunga district, Nepal. The reach of a national electricity grid takes a lot of time due to lack of proper infrastructure and road transport.

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Household lights enable young people like Manisha to read and do their homework at night

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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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Case study – The National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network (NGSEN), Tanzania

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National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network members at a workshop on cleaner cookstoves. Photo credit: Tatu Mmanga, NGSEN

By Tatu Mmanga, NGSEN

The National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network (NGSEN) started in Tanzania in 1998, and joined ACCESS in 2016.  It aims to meet the challenges entrenched in gender and energy.

Whilst working on energy access in Tanzania, NGSEN has had many challenges and successes. This blog gives a summary of what they have achieved and what they continue to work towards.

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