Campaign Update: March 2020

Powering Jobs Clean Cooking Focus Group Discussions

February 28, 2020, Power for All with the support of Modern Energy for Cooking Services (MECS) held a Clean Cooking Workforce focus group discussion at Strathmore University in Nairobi as part of its first clean cooking jobs survey in Kenya. The discussions sought to unpack the scale of employment impact of the clean cooking sector as of 2019.

As the clean cooking sector continues to grow, there is great potential to provide decent, local jobs for the growing young population in emerging markets and empower women by engaging them in the workforce. By integrating modern energy cooking services into the planning for electricity access, ensuring quality, reliability and sustainability, MECS hopes to leverage investment in renewable energies (both grid and off-grid) to address the clean cooking challenge.

The Clean Cooking Survey in Kenya is a partnership between Power for All, Modern Energy Cooking Services, Strathmore Energy Research Centre, Kenya Biogas Program, Global LPG Partnership, and Clean Cooking Association of Kenya.

Umeme kicks off the "Twaake" initiative in Uganda

March 2, 2020, Ugandan utility Umeme, Power for All and a group of private-sector decentralized renewable energy companies launched the "Twaake" initiative, which is working to demonstrate new integrated electrification approaches to last-mile communities that will leverage the strengths of utilities and private DRE companies to deliver faster and more reliable access. The pilot will establish whether appliance financing can accelerate the productive use of electricity as well as establish whether the integration of utility operations with distributed renewable generation (DRE) can create more economically viable connections, faster.

Webinar: Investigating Energy & Reporting in Africa 

Our PEAK Platform Manager, Monkgogi Otlhogile was invited as a guest speaker in a Sustainable Energy Webinar Series on March 5, 2020, organized by Hivos and Climate Tracker with the theme, ‘Investigating Energy & Reporting in Africa’.  The webinar sort to support young energy professionals and journalists who aim to do investigative research on their stories. According to the organizers, a critical part of energy reporting is finding out the truth about the sector and shining a light on communities that are most affected and vulnerable to the impacts of the dirty energy

Upcoming Meetings

Webinar: Mini-grids and transformation of the agricultural value chain

Power for All in partnership with the Malabo Montpellier Panel has organized a webinar on March 25, 2020, with the theme: Why strengthening the link between mini-grids and transformation of the agricultural value chain is essential to agricultural productivity and food security in Africa?

The purpose of this webinar will be to explore opportunities for synergy between mini-grids and the agricultural value chain in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as highlight AGRA’s work on policy and financing in the agriculture sector. This is part of Power for All’s Powering Agriculture campaign to strengthen the link between agriculture/food and mini-grids.

 

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