When energy means the difference between life and death

By Merit Hindriks, Communications officer- Green & Inclusive Energy program, Hivos.

While giving birth to my first child, a series of complications required the quick intervention of an array of doctors and medical equipment. Thanks to their prompt action, everything turned out fine. But this made me realize how privileged my situation was. I could count on good healthcare, well-trained doctors, and the availability of medication and quality equipment.  Continue reading “When energy means the difference between life and death”

From bystanders to powerful agents of change: the importance of gender for a just energy transition

by Fahima Dassu- Renew’N’Able Malawi

Whilst the links between gender and poverty have been tirelessly explored there still exists  a gap in tackling an element of poverty that can occupy up to a quarter of a rural woman’s time, largely affecting her health and is fundamental in developing her gender-strategic interests: energy.
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Global SDG7 Conference: Are we really doing things differently in energy access?

Blog by Carlos Sordo, Energy Access Partnership & Innovation Manager, Practical Action

More than two years have now passed since the 2030 Agenda was designed and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established – including SDG7 which ‘ensures access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’. The UN’s tracking of progress on SDG7 over the last two years has shown mixed results.

Global SDG7 Conference: Will 27 policy briefs lead to increased action on energy access?

Originally published on the SNV website here

Blog by Rianne Teule, Senior Advocacy Officer – V4CP (Energy)

This week, I represented SNV at the Global SDG7 Conference  in Bangkok where hundreds of representatives from governments, UN agencies, civil society and private sector came together to discuss progress and challenges in achieving energy access for all. Twenty-seven policy briefs were produced in the run-up to this conference. But will all this writing and talking lead to the necessary action?

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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.

Manisha is happy she is able to read books and do her homework at night
Household lights enable young people like Manisha to read and do their homework at night

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Inspiring Latent Entrepreneurialism in Young Professional Women: a new model for capacity building in the last mile

By Aneri Pradhan, ENVenture
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Liberia Munduru

Liberia Munduru is a 27-year-old woman hailing from hailing from West Nile, a region of Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. She received a degree in Social Development from Makerere University, a top University in East Africa. She was awarded a scholarship to study education at the National Teachers College. However, she wanted to return to her community and use her new skills to improve the situation for her people. She turned her scholarship down.

 

 

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Targeting decentralised energy with international climate finance

By Rianne Teule, SNV

SNV and and others development organisations have been saying this for a while, but now the call for climate finance to be better targeted towards small-scale decentralised energy has been reinforced by experts from a Dutch policy institute, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).
SNV energy access in Tanzania

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