Newsletter - July 2017
From the United Nations Foundation 

Dear Friends,

Looking ahead to World Humanitarian Day on August 19 which serves to recognize aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and mobilize people to advocate for humanitarian action we wanted to take this opportunity to once again underline the crucial importance of providing energy access in humanitarian settings.

As you know, EAPN and more broadly, our Energy, Climate & Environment Department here at the UN Foundation serves as a Steering Committee member of the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Working Group, a consortium of organizations co-chaired by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance), another UN Foundation initiative. As the central global coordination mechanism for energy in humanitarian settings, the SAFE Working Group seeks to combine improved technologies, alternative fuels, and livelihood and environmental activities to ensure access to fuel and energy for cooking, heating, lighting, and powering among crisis-affected populations. In its role as co-chair, the Alliance coordinates the SAFE sector, commissions research, provides technical support, builds capacity, advocates, and mobilizes resources to make energy a fundamental part of humanitarian aid.

This year, in its continued role as a lighting and electrification focal point in the SAFE Working Group, EAPN provided thought leadership via a best practices webinar that featured SAFE Working Group members UNHCR and the Alliance, as well as Practitioner Network members Schneider Electric and Little Sun. The discussion focused on best practices in the nexus of energy access and humanitarian relief, specifically on the timely and appropriate distribution of decentralized energy solutions for lighting and power. Following the webinar, EAPN also penned a blog post in honor of World Refugee Day to share lessons from the discussion.

Meanwhile, the Alliance mobilized SAFE Working Group members to submit expert feedback on the incorporation of energy access in the SPHERE Handbook the mostly widely known set of minimum standards for humanitarian response. Collectively, the group proposed revisions that integrate energy and fuel considerations into chapters on food security, nutrition, health, WaSH, shelter, and household items. They also called for the addition of a cross-cutting section on energy access placing energy on par with other essential considerations such as gender and the environment. On World Refugee Day, the Alliance announced a Call for Concepts for its new grant facility the Humanitarian Clean Cooking Fund (HCCF), which will support the scale up of projects working to increase access to cleaner, more efficient fuels and cooking technologies for crisis-affected people.

Looking forward, the Energy & Climate team is excited to announce that our annual EAPN survey will be shared with all our members and partners shortly, and in consultation with colleagues at the Alliance and SAFE will once again feature specific questions for those of you working on the nexus of energy access and humanitarian relief to gauge your continued impact in this space, among other themes of interest.


  JemPorcaro.jpg Jem Porcaro
Senior Director, Energy Access
United Nations Foundation
  KristaRiddley.png Krista Riddley
Senior Director, Gender and Humanitarian Programs
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves 

SEforALL Hosts First Working Meeting of People-Centered Accelerator, Promoting Gender Equality, Social Inclusion and Women's Empowerment  
Sustinable Energy for All (SEforALL) held its first design meeting for the People-Centered Accelerator in Krafla, Iceland. Experts from across the world travelled to Iceland's Landsvirkjun power plant in Krafla to discuss how the Accelerator could support social inclusion, gender equality and women's empowerment in the energy sector.  

Sweden's Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia Signs First Contracts for Modern Energy for One Million Zambians
Sweden's Ambassador to Zambia, Henrik Cederin, has signed four contracts with companies offering a variety of rural energy solutions, marking the start of operations of the Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ). The US$25 million fund, which is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and managed by the Renewable Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), aims to bring modern energy to one million Zambians, and build a solid foundation for continuing growth of the market such that it can serve all Zambians. 
ENEA Access 2nd Call for Projects 2017 |  Closing Soon
Hogan Lovells COmmunity Solar Innovation Awards | Deadline August 16 
US-India Clean Energy Finance Initiative Opens Call for Applications | Rolling Basis
Breakthrough Energy Ventures Launched | Deadlines TBD 
Mobisol Acquires Lumeter to Expand Solar Pay-as-you-go Solution, Secures Funding from Finnfund
d.light Launches Groundbreaking Solar Home System
Schneider Electric Pledges to Train 1 Million Technicians by 2025
SunCulture's Impact to Date & Plans for 2017
Total Distributes 2 Million Solar Lamps Worldwide
Trine Completes Series A Funding

Off-Grid Energy Roadmap - D-Lab's Energy Assessment Toolkit
Understanding the energy needs and market opportunities in the specific off-grid community or region is the first step in D-Lab's Off-Grid Energy Roadmap. D-Lab has developed the Energy Assessment Toolkit  to guide organizations through the process of gathering the information in the following areas:

  • Current energy access and expenditures
  • Aspirational energy needs
  • Existing supply chain
  • Community institutions and stakeholders (private sector, government, NGOs)

Learn more about the toolkit's capabilities via this blog post.



New Behavior Change Communication Resource for Clean Cookstoves 
In an effort to further catalyze the use of clean cookstoves and fuels, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has launched the "BCC Resource Hub", a global databse of behavior change communication materials and resources from communication and marketing campaigns in the clean cooking sector.

BCC utilizes communication strategies  to motivate people to adopt healthier behaviors, products, and services. To generate demand for and encourage sustained use of clean cooking solutions, the Alliance has supported BCC campaigns in Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. 

  Lighting Asia/India: IFC Paves the Way with Consumer Awareness Campaign on Quality Verified Solar Products    

Over 60 million Indian households (approximately 300 million people) do not have access to basic electricity services. Majority of these people use kerosene, candles, battery torches or other fossil fuel-powered transitional technologies for their energy needs. Using these traditional solutions could be expensive, harmful to health, hazardous, and can cause pollution. The lack of basic energy services severely limits their potential for economic development and impedes access to education, health, and basic services including communications, water, and transportation.


Photo Credit: Lighting Asia/India

Decoding the Elements of Universal Access to Energy 
United Nations Foundation
Mind the (Energy) Gap: Energy Solutions in Humanitarian Settings
The New Yorker
The Race to Solar-Power Africa
Indian Enterprises are Banking on Solar Loans for Sustainable Energy Access to Tribal Hamlets
News Ghana
Germany to Provide More Solar Power for Ghana's Energy Sector
Facebook Tests Drone to Beam Internet to Everyone in the World 
The Future of Off-Grid - Where Will Current Trends Take Us in 10 Years?
Kariteya Singh, Center for Strategic & Inernational Studies 
Networks and the Diffusion of Off-Grid Solar Technologies
Ahmed Aly, Steen Solvang Jensen, Anders Branth Pedersen
Solar Power Potential of Tanzania: Identifying CSP and PV Hot Spots Through a GIS Multicriteria Decision Making Analysis
Power for All
Decentralized Renewables: Empowering Women as Sustainable Energy Leaders
Evan Mills 
Global Kerosene Subsidies: An Obstacle to Energy Efficiency and Development 
Women, Energy, and Economic Empowerment



Welcome to the following organizations that have joined the Practitioner Network in the past month:


Shanghai EASY Renewables Energy Tech Company Limited
Global Solar Solutions
Simply Solar
Hong Kong
Renewit Solar Limited

Solaris Offgrid 

Village Power

Last Mile
Phenix Battery Recycling
Sikubora Limited
World Wildlife Fund - Tanzania Country Office

United Arab Emirates 
NRS Enlight FZE 
United States  
Green City Development Group
Intersolar South America: Workshop on Off-Grid Rural Electrification
August 22-24 
São Paulo, Brazil
5th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum 
September 4-6
Barcelona, Spain
Solar O&M South Africa
September 5-6
Johannesburg, South Africa
72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

September 12-25 
New York, USA 

Unlocking Business Opportunities for Solar Energy in Senegal
September 25-28 
Dakar, Senegal
Off-Grid Experts Workshop
September 27-29
Stadthalle Memmingen, Germany 
Talking Business: Microfinance for Decentralized Renewables in Africa

October 9  
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo 2017

October 18-20 
Abuja, Nigeria

ALER Conference
October 25-26  
Maputo, Mozambique

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