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  • Ashden Awards winner SolarAid makes solar lights available in rural Senegal | GVEP International
    lights for all through donating libraries of lights to selected rural schools GVEP is working with Solar Aid to support the pilot s implementation in Senegal With over 500 000 lamps sold since 2010 SunnyMoney the social enterprise of SolarAid is the single largest provider of solar lights in Africa With support from GVEP SolarAid has secured extra financing from the World Bank to run a pilot project distributing pico solar light products to schools in Senegal which students can rent at a token cost SunnyMoney are delighted to be working alongside GVEP on our Light Library Project in Senegal Our partnership with GVEP brings vital experience of operating in Senegal which has supported us to begin work here and hit the ground running says Kat Harrison Senegal Programme Manager SunnyMoney GVEP has assisted the implementation of the project by contacting distributors helping with geographic scoping and providing public and private sector contacts The support GVEP gave for the geographic scoping helped in choosing the specific regions and schools to be targeted To date the project has delivered solar lights both entry level and some larger products to 34 schools in Kaolack and 24 schools in Kaffrine Each school received around 75 products and a total of 6 115 students have been reached this way Students can choose between renting a small lamp for three days for a fee of 5 CFA Francs 1 USD cent or alternatively pay 25 CFA 5 USD cents for one of the bigger models with phone charging capability Community Chiefs and Head teachers alike are said to be enthused by the increased opportunities these solar lamps will bring to younger members of the community both in terms of improved study and health benefits GVEP is pleased to be working closely with energy solution experts

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/ashden-awards-winner-solaraid-makes-solar-lights-available-rural-senegal (2016-02-16)
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  • Andrew Reicher is appointed new trustee member for GVEP International | GVEP International
    years of investment banking experience The key to improved energy services in poor countries is local capacity to sell deliver and provide after sales services to large numbers of customers says Andrew in conversation with GVEP s London office This capacity is in short supply in the countries which most need it From 2009 11 Andrew headed the secretariat of the Private Infrastructure Development Group a multilateral organsiation working to increase private sector investment in infrastructure and emerging markets in Africa and Asia His expertise of public private partnerships will help ensure GVEP s projects are sufficiently scaled to meet the energy needs of some of our poorest and most hard to reach clients GVEP is unique in its mission and proven ability to help local operators build the expertise they need to succeed I look forward to bringing my knowledge of the sector to the governance of GVEP s work as it increases its impact further says Andrew when asked about his motivation for his new appointment Andrew has previously worked with the Commonwealth Development Corporation CDC and then the private equity firm Actis when it was spun out of CDC as Chief Investment Officer Head of the first

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/andrew-reicher-appointed-new-trustee-member-gvep-international (2016-02-16)
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  • New proposals in support of off-grid energy markets presented at this year’s G20 | GVEP International
    on implementing large scale infrastructure projects and more on strategies to develop small off grid energy markets GVEP s experience shows that the energy access problem can be solved cost effectively by developing small off grid projects in rural areas where large utilities simply don t reach If universal access by 2030 is to be achieved the International Energy Agency estimates that only about 40 of the electricity access gap is likely to be filled by developing national electricity grids The other 60 of the gap is expected to be closed by mini grids and other small off grid solutions This matters says Mr Good because the off grid energy markets are the natural preserve of small businesses and private capital not of multi or bilateral agencies host government agencies and parastatals whose perspectives tend to dominate international policy fora such as the G20 Therefore this meeting at least in relation to energy needs a different kind of conversation There needs to be much more emphasis on the question of how to support the development of markets by mobilising private capital stimulating demand and strengthening supplier capabilities In the off grid market there is a unique opportunity Mr Good states not to ask how development cooperation can bring about better levels of infrastructure provision but instead to observe that the private sector is already making progress and then ask how development cooperation can help them grow faster According to a recent IFC report 37billion a year is spent on low quality energy solutions largely by the poor This represents a largely untapped market for the private sector although the report also notes many significant challenges that the private sector needs to deal with such as developing appropriate technology building effective product distribution channels and proving and adapting business models However

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/new-proposals-support-grid-energy-markets-presented-year%E2%80%99s-g20 (2016-02-16)
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  • Innovative enterprises boosted by the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre | GVEP International
    years and is responsible for the Advisory Services and Access to Finance components of the programme At the moment we are mostly providing CIC entrepreneurs with business advice for example supporting them to develop financial projections and reviewing their business plans We are also supporting many of our entrepreneurs to prepare applications for grant financing both the CIC s Proof of Concept grants and financing from other grant programmes explains Aliya Anjarwalla GVEP s SME Development Specialist for East Africa One entrepreneur to benefit from the CIC s support is James Kariuki His company International Research and Development Africa IRDA has developed CleanTec Liquid Alcohol Cookers that uses waste alcohol produced by sugar factories instead of ethanol hence reducing indoor air pollution and GHG emissions Since being accepted into the programme GVEP has supported James to develop a business plan and is currently helping him to prepare an application for proof of concept financing When selecting the entrepreneurs we work with we use three main criteria is the idea feasible from a business and technical perspective Will the business make a significant impact on the community women and the environment Has the applicant taken key first steps to move the idea forward Aliya explains Tenwek Hospital Mini Hydropower Project is one such enterprise with significant impacts on the community It serves 140 000 patients a year and has grown substantially in size since its launch in the mid 1980s The CIC is providing financial advice to the project team and reviewing costs and flow data for a 520kW turbine to be added to the hospital s current 250KW mini hydro plant Another enterprise selected by the CIC is Global Supply Solutions Limited working to produce a more economical sustainable and cleaner alternative to the fossil fuels used by some companies

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/innovative-enterprises-boosted-kenya-climate-innovation-centre (2016-02-16)
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  • Opportunities for grant support for eligible off-grid lighting suppliers in Kenya | GVEP International
    Eligible applicants must be privately held enterprises registered in Kenya with a minimum yearly turnover of US 50 000 They must have been trading for at least a year in the sale of off grid lighting products which must meet the Lighting Global Minimum Quality Standards Interested firms are required to submit an Expression of Interest EOI detailing their eligibility and how the grant will be used in accordance with the company s strategy and targets The deadline for submitting an EOI is 1 July 2013 at 17 00 GMT All eligible firms thereafter are invited to submit a full proposal with a detailed activity plan budget and financial model that shows the commercial viability of the business plan The grant competition is operated under the ESME Trust Fund which aims to support Energy SME Development in Sub Saharan Africa to foster local private entrepreneurship and invest in the provision of energy services in remote un served or under served regions In Kenya GVEP in collaboration with Lighting Africa is working with existing off grid lighting product distributors to enable them to build working capital obtain sufficient stocks expand distribution networks carry out marketing campaigns and other activities that will

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/proposals (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP secures $375K grant to improve cookstoves in Kenya | GVEP International
    range of diseases injuries and ailments that claim 4 million lives annually Household air pollution from cookstoves smoke is the fourth greatest health risk in the world The five winners have a strong track record of results in their respective countries and markets and have demonstrated that they can leverage the Spark Fund to attract new partners and investors to advance their ongoing efforts to save and improve lives enhance livelihoods and protect the environment through clean cooking solutions said Radha Muthiah executive director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves The Spark Fund grant is co funding a larger project CARE2 Capital Access for Renewable Energy Enterprises funded by SIDA the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency The aim is to scale up the production level of a number of small businesses and medium businesses SMEs from 7 500 improved cookstoves year and 1000 kg of briquettes month to at least 25 000 stoves year and 6 tonnes of briquettes month by the end of 32 months One such entrepreneur to benefit from the grant is Joseph Muriuki a producer of energy efficient cookstoves from Kiria in rural Kenya Joseph s business has been supported by GVEP s coaching and advisory services over the past five years His business has especially benefited from participating market development events organised by GVEP in which entrepreneurs and other stakeholders are invited to a local marketplace to engage in promotional activities and selling products These events allow entrepreneurs to increase their sales help find new customers and realise the potential of their marketing efforts As a result Joseph has experienced steady growth in sales with his cookstove enterprise going from an average of US 491 per month in December 2011 to an average of US 1147 per month in December 2012 Joseph feels that

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gvep-secures-375k-grant-improve-cookstoves-kenya (2016-02-16)
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  • News | GVEP International
    initiative to assess markets in East Africa The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves an innovative public private initiative working to create a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions has joined forces with GVEP to assess the market for clean cookstoves and fuels in several countries in East Africa A new study assesses the potential of the biomass fuel market in Uganda GVEP has completed a study which investigates the potential for briquette businesses in Uganda to address the sustainability concerns of the country s biomass fuel market The study investigates the conditions in which micro and small scale briquette producers are operating in Uganda and examines their potential for growth A new IDEAS Contest calls for proposals to promote sustainable energy in the Caribbean Awards of up to US 200 000 are offered for projects and enterprises which promote energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in the Caribbean region Applications are welcome from Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas Barbados Belize Dominica Dominican Republic Grenada Guyana Haiti Jamaica St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago Serving the unserved In an attempt to offer access to finance to some of the world s poorest well known micro lending facilitator Kiva org has launched a quiet experimental initiative called Kiva Zip GVEP International has been invited to participate in this unique pilot Supporting business development through marketing intelligence Marketing skills are vital in securing success for small energy businesses Find out how GVEP s specialist training is addressing marketing specific issues faced by small scale energy entrepreneurs including lack of promotion suitable business premises product range and awareness Training and mentoring give boost to Uganda clean cookstoves producers A five year programme rewards entrepreneurship across East Africa by supporting micro

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news?page=14 (2016-02-16)
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  • New programme launched seeking innovative solutions to challenges in climate change, energy access and water & sanitation | GVEP International
    involved in a detailed programme design and will be consulting widely on potential areas of focus Ideas to Impact is built on principles of open innovation Through media buzz and strategic outreach the programme aims to motivate an extensive and diverse collection of potential solvers to generate pioneering solutions to five defined challenges For the world s poorest people access to a reliable source of energy safe water and sanitation

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/fr/node/20941 (2016-02-16)
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