India: Communications Workshop
November 4th, Power for All, along with our local partner Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) India organized a Communications workshop that attracted 30 journalists who largely cover Hindi communications in both print and digital in Ranchi, Jharkahand. The focus of the workshop was to increase the awareness and coverage of more positive impact stories that Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) solutions have created during the 6 months COVID-19 lockdown. Partners from the Jharkhand Collective included the World Resources Institute (WRI), LEAD, and Center for Integrated Livelihoods Initiatives (CILI). They shared inspiring stories on how they were able to create impacts in the rural livelihoods through DRE. In a panel session, senior media representatives shared their views on the need for positive and factual news coverage in the developmental sector and how that impacts the trust in DRE by communities.
Uganda: National Platform for Productive Use of Energy
October 30th, Power for All hosted a kick-off of a multi-stakeholder national platform in Uganda for strengthening the link between food and productive use of energy (PUE). The platform will strengthen the actor-network around technical, financial, and policy support to productive use of energy for agriculture. With the growing number of organizations and individuals doing work in the energy for agriculture space, it is crucial to map who is doing what, to limit duplication of efforts and accelerate collaboration and co-creation. The platform will be coordinated by a steering committee comprising policy, research, private sector, and civil society partners working in the energy and agriculture spaces.
October 28th, Power for All organized the third installment of Energy Catalyst's (EC) Lessons from the Frontline series. The online conversation featured two incredible industry leaders: Simpa Networks' former CEO Piyush Mathur and Hamara Grid's Managing Director Vijay Bhaskar (both board members of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN)). The discussions focused on the future of private decentralized renewable energy companies in India.
Uganda Power Forum 2020
November 27th, the Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) will host a virtual session to discuss strategies for increased access to power, affordable power consumption, and reliability. During the session, Power for All’s Utilities 2.0 team will present the “opportunities for an integrated approach to energy access”, a pilot project which is being tested in Uganda in partnership with Umeme, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.