As we come to the close of the year, we'd like to thank all of you, our members, for your continued support towards advancing the Coalition's mandate. With a little over a decade left, we believe all of your efforts will go a long way towards catalysing progress towards the realization of SDG 7. We wanted to share with you - in pictorial form - some of our 2019 highlights. Next year, we look forward to a robust and engaging 2020.
From the ACCES Secretariat.
ACCESS MEMBERS MEETING IN AMSTERDAM
ACCESS members attending the SEforALL meeting in Amsterdam had a side meeting in Amsterdam to keep updated on the progress of the Coalition. Members present were drawn from Practical Action, People-Centered Accelerator, FREMWA, ENVenture Enterprises, SNV, Hivos, Oxfam and CAFOD.
PCA MEMBERS MEETING IN AMSTERDAM
SEforALL PCA workstream on ‘National Strategies’ aims at ensuring that CSOs carry out informed advocacy through multi-stakeholder dialogues and capacity building in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. ACCESS International Coordinator made a presentation to the PCA members on the envisioned strategy. Starting with Kenya, the ACCESS Coalition is partnering with members on a series of events aimed at advancing inclusive and integrated approaches to energy planning through advocacy by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues.
ACCESS AT SEFORALL CHARRETTES IN AMSTERDAM
In June 2019, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) held a set of Charrettes in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from 18 - 20 June, bringing together nearly 200 participants to challenge the status quo and generate new ideas and solutions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7). The Charrettes adopted the ‘design thinking approach’ to better understand why we are not on track to achieve SDG 7 targets. The 4 key Charrettes were on: Last mile, Clean cooking, Financing-‘bridging the gap’, Data and evidence. ACCESS participated in the financing Charrettes geared towards bridging the gap between demand and supply. Stakeholders present included: impact investors, private sector, DFIs, donors, researchers, governments and CSO representatives.
The World Bank’s RISE (Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy) is a detailed, technical assessment tool of the regulatory environment for energy access that could be useful for civil society. Hivos global office organized a 2-day training for selected CSO representatives and their partners based in Africa to build an understanding of the RISE toolkit.
Jacqueline, the ACCESS coordinator participated in the training. The information garnered will be used to build the capacity of ACCESS members aligned to the Regional Coordination Organisations (RCOs) to help them undertake informed advocacy. This will be informed by country deep-dives on the RISE scorecard highlighting key indicators which are of interest to CSOs.
AFDB CSO FORUM IN ABIDJAN
Three ACCESS members representing the Southern, Western and Eastern regions were supported by Hivos to participate in the African Development Bank CSO Forum in Abidjan. In collaboration with Oxfam, Hivos, World Resources Institute and African Coalition for Sustainable Energy Access (ACSEA), ACCESS co-convened a side event titled on ‘Innovative approaches for accelerating the implementation of Africa renewable energy initiative (AREI).’ ACCESS borrowed from experiences shared by members while Hivos and Oil Change International focused on financing for Decentralized Energy Systems (DES). The second side event was on ‘Maximizing Productive Use benefits for decentralized Renewable Energy Systems for Last Mile Electrification and Women’s Economic Empowerment.’ ACCESS shared lessons learned on the role of energy in empowering women while Oxfam presented their research findings on electrification and women economic empowerment. Hivos shared on their Energy Change Lab program in Tanzania.
WORKSHOP ON ACCELERATING PROGRESS TOWARDS SDG 7 WITH A FOCUS ON ELECTRIFICATION & CLEAN COOKING, NAIROBI KENYA
In line with the ‘National strategies’ workstream, ACCESS partnered with SEforALL’s people-centred Accelerator and convened a workshop in November 18-19, 2019 in Nairobi Kenya. The workshop brought together stakeholders to discuss priority areas for effective national and county-level implementation of an inclusive, integrated vision of energy access spanning grid and off-grid electricity and clean cooking. The stakeholders comprised of national government officials from Kenya’s Ministry of Energy, sub-national government leaders, CSOs in energy and nexus CSOs. They interrogated the recently enacted Energy Act of 2019 and its implications on energy provision in Kenya. specifically looking at how county-level governments in Kenya can be supported to develop their energy plans using an inclusive, integrated energy pathway (IEP) approach, (addressing both grid and off-grid electricity as well as clean cooking) to accelerate the achievement of SEforALL/ SDG7 targets.
Participants during the mapping session. Proper mapping of CSOs entry points in the various counties will help inform energy priorities at the county level.
SEforALL Forum on May 26-28, 2020 in Kigali, Rwanda.
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