Welcome to the December ACCESS Newsletter
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Welcome to the December ACCESS newsletter 

The Alliance of Civil Society Organisations for Clean Energy Access is pleased to welcome Energy4Impact, HEDON, Mercy Corps and People, Energy & Environment Development Association (PEEDA) to the network.

Many ACCESS members worked together on a report, launched last month, Beyond coal - Scaling up clean energy to fight global poverty. The paper explores the role of energy in fighting poverty, arguing that:

  • More coal will not end energy poverty
  • Coal is given too much credit for the reduction of extreme poverty
  • Better energy options exist to lift people out of income poverty
  • More coal will entrench poverty.
The paper was launched with an event in London, streamed globally, and gained great coverage across the media.

ACCESS would like to thank EnergyNet for inviting our members to attend and speak at their Off-the-Grid Forum. It is fantastic to see organisations appreciating the vital role civil society play in the energy transition and in delivering energy to all. ACCESS members also took part this month in the African Development Bank Civil Society Consultations, an EU Commission Debate on Women and Energy and many other events. 

Happy Holidays from all of ACCESS! 

Case Study - Kenya Climate Change Working Group, Kenya

The Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG) is a coalition of Kenyan civil society organisations working on climate and energy issues in Kenya. Read our interview with John Kioli to find out about their work and the energy access challenges in Kenya.


The ACCESS Coalition had a clear message for negotiators at COP 22 - more finance needs to go towards decentralised renewables, and we need to make sure we are reaching the poorest. Read our statement. Many ACCESS members were at the COP, including Faustina who has shared her thoughts on the event.
As well as our main stories this month, have a look at our other recent posts:
Light up Liberia
Why cooking deserves more attention
Solar Sister help women earn money by distributing energy-efficient lighting and cooking equipment

Energy access in the developing world - new solutions to old problems
Follow us on Twitter @ACCESSCSOs and use #energyaccess to share news and stories around the network.
Upcoming events
ACCESS Meeting on SDG7 advocacy in Zambia & Africa region - 30-31st January
Africa – EU Energy Partnership Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Event Zambia - 1st February

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves 2016 Progress Report
Beyond Fire: How to Achieve Sustainable Cooking – Hivos and World Future Council - Blog
Crowd Power: Mapping the Market for Energy Access - Energy 4 Impact
FACTS Report: Decentralized Electrification and Development

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