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  • New report: Heat, Light and Power for Refugees - Saving Lives, Reducing Costs | GVEP International
    are nearly 60 million forcibly displaced people in the world and they pay staggering costs for energy The 83 277 households living in Dadaab in Kenya the world s largest refugee settlement spent an estimated 6 2 million on firewood last year which accounts for approximately 24 of their overall household income The average UK household spent 4 of its income on energy in 2011 In Uganda almost half of refugee households surveyed by the UNHCR skip meals because they do not have enough fuel to cook with The imperative is to find humane creative and cost effective ways to respond to the needs of so many individuals most of whom are women and children Improving access to clean safe and sustainable energy offers a promising way forward says Kofi Annan in the report s foreword The report calls for an overhaul in the way that heat light and power are delivered in humanitarian crises It makes the case for new partnerships between humanitarian agencies and private providers to increase clean energy access in refugee settlements Investment in energy infrastructure will also benefit host communities in some of the world s poorest countries As refugee households spend approximately 2 1 billion on energy each year developing local markets for energy services could be part of a mix of solutions adds Lahn Using green culturally appropriate technologies could save lives reduce CO2 emissions by 11 million tonnes per year and radically improve living standards Introducing even the most basic solutions such as improved cookstoves and basic solar lanterns could save 323 million a year in fuel costs Other findings include Rape and violence against women is common in many unlit camps Only 4 of women and girls in households in the Goudoubo camp in Burkina Faso would go out after dark

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  • Clean Cooking Forum 2015 - Accelerating markets and scaling solutions | GVEP International
    energy solutions for more than four million people in East Africa only over the last year Fifty percent of those four million now have access to improved cookstoves both domestic and institutional and biomass briquettes The majority of the businesses supported by GVEP about 75 are micro businesses ideally placed to serve customers at the Bottom of the Pyramid BoP and in the last mile Their work is complemented by larger SMEs who have the capacity to grow fast and provide solutions at scale GVEP is working on several fronts to develop the clean cooking market including researching the effectiveness of innovation prizes testing new radical private sector approaches to the energy crisis in humanitarian contexts raising consumer awareness in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Clean cookstoves helping entrepreneurs to identify new routes to market and enabling them to secure vital new capital Working on the ground we often see a conflict between institutional approaches pushing products because they deliver environmental and health benefits and a market based approach which places greater store on what customers actually value said Ben Good We would like to see more emphasis on promoting genuinely BoP solutions which achieve both affordability and performance thresholds and more efforts put into expanding markets for biomass free solutions Finally more work is needed to address the capital access challenge not just by creating capital facilities on standalone basis we also need work on the ground to bridge the gap between the supply side the lender and the demand side the borrowers and tackle the reasons that prevent the flow of information and funds between the two concluded Good GVEP also presented findings related to two other programmes implented in West Africa our Women s Economic Empowerment programme in Senegal and Ideas to Impact in Ghana Senegal

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  • Ideas to Impact at the Clean Cooking Forum | GVEP International
    opportunity for practitioners to come together to learn from each other and to work towards gaining the capacity and resources necessary to scale adoption of clean cooking solutions The Ideas to Impact s Energy Access team represented by GVEP CEO Ben Good and Project Manager Mathieu Dalle will have the chance to introduce the programme and debate whether and how innovation prizes can be used to find sustainable solutions for problems facing low income consumers particularly in the areas of water and sanitation energy access and climate change adaptation Through three innovation awards Ideas to Impact aims to expand the delivery of LPG to include more Ghanaian households raise awareness and communicate with consumers to better understand their expectations Specifically the team will focus their discussions during the working session on Wednesday 11th November on the Energy Access component of the programme The energy prize challenge designed to support the Government of Ghana in its LPG distribution reform process was launched last July and invited researchers innovators and scientists across the world to submit social economic and environmental friendly solutions for the recycling of old faulty LPG cylinders in sub Saharan Africa The competition generated great interest with more than

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  • Solar energy entrepreneur with keen eye for opportunity | GVEP International
    business was bringing to the area He thought of the communication frustrations fishmongers went through by remaining in a communication blackout for several hours when their phones went off Initially starting off with two car batteries to charge phones Zakaria would travel to Mganza six kilometres away to charge the batteries at 0 1 TZS 200 His business could not sustain the high costs From his savings Zakaria bought a 75 Watts solar panel at the end of 2013 to power his business He however did not have any knowledge on effective utilisation of solar power including on the right accessories to use for optimum power generation and utilisation Moreover he never had records of his business and hence could not clearly assess its performance His enrolment in a GVEP enterprise support programme a year later transformed his business Besides providing him with business mentorship and support GVEP linked Zakaria to the Tanzania Postal Bank where he was able to acquire a 617 TZS 1 500 000 loan that he used to expand his solar phone charging venture GVEP operates a small loan guarantee programme to support lending by local financial institutions to small businesses These loans facilitate the purchase of solar equipment supplied by partners working with GVEP in Tanzania Through solar power the entrepreneurs are able to expand and diversify their businesses says Adam Following GVEP s team s advice Zakaria diversified into a number of activities including selling of airtime top up scratch cards and mobile money transfer services Zakaria also set up a pool table playing facility to tap onto the growing number of young people and fish mongers who didn t have much to do with their free time Initially I would charge between 10 and 15 mobile phones per day but that number has

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  • News | GVEP International
    solar to more off grid customers in Rwanda GVEP is supporting entrepreneurs in Rwanda to effectively utilise solar energy to provide off grid areas with healthy reliable and affordable power through a mentorship programme SEED awarded enterprises receive investment readiness training 500 delegates joined this year s SEED Africa Symposium Building Bridges for Impact Green and Inclusive Growth through Entrepreneurship held on 9 10 September in Nairobi Kenya GVEP driving the uptake of cookstoves and briquettes in Kenya A number of activities aimed at improving the production of technology design and marketing of cookstoves and briquettes are driving the uptake of these energy efficient products in Kenya International challenge to stimulate use of LPG in Ghana The deadline for submitting to Ideas to Impact s first innovation prize launched in July 2015 has now closed A late surge in entries took the total number of complete entries to 139 well over our target of 80 The prize challenge invited researchers innovators and scientists across the world to submit social economic and environmental friendly solutions for the recycling of bad quality LPG cylinders in Sub Saharan More than 600 potential solvers expressed interest in the challenge Briquettes brought closer to Ugandan customers GVEP is supporting Ugandan briquette micro enterprises to make their products easily accessible to a wider range of customers by opening stalls in the hearts of town markets Strong family relations playing key role in energy micro enterprises in Tanzania Women entrepreneurs success in running energy micro enterprises requires enormous support from their families As a result GVEP is engaging both men and women to ensure the growth of women run energy businesses The cookstove revolution sweeping through Ugandan schools Schools in Uganda are embracing the use of efficient cookstoves over the smoky and unhealthy traditional three stone fires

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  • News | GVEP International
    with GVEP playing an advisory role Over the last two years the company has set up 24 community scale micro grid systems and has developed a pipeline of over 25 community projects throughout East Africa Rwandan couple joins forces to provide their community with energy services An entrepreneur in Eastern Rwanda that received training in business development and renewable energy technologies from GVEP is coaching his wife to take on their solar phone charging business and barber shop Ideas to Impact presents at EU Dev Days The Ideas to Impact team hosted a panel discussion or project lab at the EU s annual Development Days event in Brussels on June 3rd 4th Issues facing energy delivery in humanitarian contexts raised for the first time at SE4All Forum Senior leaders from government business finance civil society and international institutions gathered in New York for the second annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum SE4All pledging to step up concrete progress on the twin challenges of energy poverty and climate change Agro processing companies in Tanzania to be powered by rental solar farms Redavia a company providing low cost energy from redeployable solar farms has teamed up with GVEP to roll out leasing of mini grids model for agro processing companies and communities in Tanzania GravityLight launches a crowdfunding campaign to bring low cost lamps powered by gravity to East Africa Two London based designers have developed a light source that operates with the helping hand of gravity Innovative business models lighting up rural Africa SolarNow an asset finance company specialising in renewable energy solutions is powering low income households small businesses hospitals and schools in rural Uganda through an innovative 24 month payment model and a 2 year service warranty approach The company has recently secured investment to expand operations and help

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  • News | GVEP International
    Adventure Project committed to support local economies and enhance livelihoods has awarded a 43 000 grant to GVEP to help Kenyan cookstove artisans to scale up the production of the innovative Jiko Smart as well as to train more businesses on the production of this energy efficient stove model ENERGIA and partners give hand and feet to SE4ALL campaign on the ground Underscoring the importance of the impact of access to energy or the lack thereof on women and girls the first two years of the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All SE4ALL are dedicated to a global campaign on energy women children and health Innovative cookstove business for urban informal settlements incubated in Kenya An entrepreneur s innovation being supported by UKaid funded Kenya Climate Innovation Centre KCIC in Kenya s Kiambu County is providing clean and cheap energy alternatives to urban households in the country Solar technologies coupled with entrepreneurship improving lives in rural Tanzania In remote areas where the electrical grid doesn t reach entrepreneurs are jumping on the solar wagon to light up their communities and address their basic energy needs New energy challenge for East African entrepreneurs announced The global Smart Villages initiative has launched its Energy Innovation Challenge for young entrepreneurs scientists and engineers in East Africa aimed at supporting ideas for distributing or implementing existing technologies or for developing promising new technologies for energy generation or storage in off grid villages GVEP International will be part of the judging panel Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook A new manual designed to support organisations in empowering women micro entrepreneurs small enterprise owners and sales agents who work in the household energy sector is now available Innovating to provide safer power for displaced people A new ground breaking initiative launched with support from the UK s Department

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  • News | GVEP International
    alternative phone charging solutions Renewable energy businesses take part in crowdfunding initiative in East Africa Four GVEP supported businesses launched crowdfunding campaigns throughout January and February 2015 with help from the Kenya Climate Change Innovation Center KCIC How solar phone charging businesses in Tanzania are meeting the energy demand of mobile phone users Millions of people in rural Tanzania own mobile phones but have no easy way to recharge them GVEP is helping entrepreneurs in the Mwanza region use solar energy to meet the increasing demand for electricity Juabar crowdfund to support solar phone charging in Tanzania Juabar a company that leases solar charging kiosks to a network of entrepreneurs in Tanzania is crowdfunding to raise 15 000 in order to build and deploy an additional 20 kiosks train new entrepreneurs and to prove out their operational model Women in Senegal to benefit from new opportunities in the energy market GVEP International and SEM Fund are joining forces to increase women s participation in the energy market in Senegal and make sustainable energy available to the poorest communities Clean cooking campaign enters new phase Pledges of new activity worth 413m were announced by international organisations and donors at the Cookstove Futures Summit in New York on November 21st The conference marks the start of phase two of a ten year campaign by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to bring cleaner cooking to 100 million households How improved cookstoves are changing the face of Ugandan schools Schools in Kampala are cutting down fuel consumption by up to 50 thanks to energy efficient cookstoves providing staff with a safer smoke free environment and students with well cooked timely meals Challenges that energy businesses face in emerging economies a survey GVEP and Invested Development in collaboration with Power Africa and the UN

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