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  • Where we work | GVEP International
    reviews Guides Policy briefings Studies and reports Technology factsheets Training material Resources Where we work GVEP works in East and West Africa Our dedicated team of energy and finance professionals operates through regional hubs in Africa and is supported by a small UK head office We have offices run programmes and work with energy businesses in Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda and Senegal Find out about our programmes Share this page

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  • Programmes | GVEP International
    employment in rural areas in Senegal via support for 250 micro enterprises engaged in both expanding energy access and productive uses The project is funded mainly by a grant from ENERGIA with support from the governments of Finland Norway and Sweden Integrating gender issues in energy policies in Senegal GVEP and SEM Fund have also joined forces to deliver an Advocacy and Communication Programme to raise awareness of WEE activities within the energy sector and to influence gender mainstreaming in energy policies and programmes in Senegal With funding and support from ENERGIA we will advocate for the integration of clear gender objectives and actions within the SE4ALL national action plan and investment prospectus and for issues related to women economic empowerment within the global campaign on Energy Women Children Health USAID DIV project with Azuri Technologies Funded by the Development Innovation Ventures fund within USAID and delivered in partnership with Azuri Technologies this 1m programme aims to deploy 10 000 solar home systems in Rwanda in a sustainable and ultimately self financing way GVEP is supporting both Azuri and its in country distributors and we aim for the project to provide a template for future deployment of pay as you go PAYG solar systems in other countries Click here for more information about this programme JUMEME GVEP is implementing a hybrid mini grid demonstration project in partnership with private energy businesses INENSUS and Terra Projects and St Augustine University of Tanzania that aims to provide reliable and affordable electricity to nearly a thousand households and 350 businesses in a rural Tanzanian village with GVEP playing a key role in developing productive use demand The hybrid solar diesel mini grid electrification system is based around an innovative business model that incorporates community oriented governance arrangements modular capacity planning smart meters for demand management and system stability and flexible tariff structures The funding granted by EEP will be used to showcase the project and aim to unlock the commercial capital necessary for the next phase 15 more rural villages serving a total population of 80 000 Ideas to Impact GVEP is part of a consortium funded by DfID which is implementing a five year programme supporting innovation in the development sector The programme will launch and run five prize challenges designed to incentivize innovative problem solving around key challenges in energy access water and sanitation and climate adaptation GVEP is the energy access theme lead on the project team Crowd Power Crowd Power is a three year programme starting in May 2015 funded by UK aid to stimulate develop and learn from crowdfunding into renewable energy enterprises in sub Saharan Africa and Asia UK aid has committed a total of 845 000 i 600 000 to provide direct financial support to crowdfunding campaigns trialling a variety of approaches such as match funding guarantees insurance and or grants or gift funding and ii 245 000 provided to GVEP international to run the programme and produce in depth research and analysis of renewable energy

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  • The GVEP team | GVEP International
    non profit sector She is responsible for producing multi lingual communication strategies advocacy awareness and promotional campaigns and for managing external relation activities Prior to joining GVEP she worked for a range of human rights development and grassroots organisations She has travelled widely and directed independent participatory multimedia projects in Latin America India and the UK Alessandra holds a degree in English Literature and a postgraduate diploma in Development Studies Native Italian she is fluent in Spanish English and has a good knowledge of French Leah Kaguara Africa Regional Director Leah Kaguara is a development and management practitioner with 20 years of experience and expertise in the humanitarian and development industry Prior to her current position Leah was the Africa Region Programme Director at GVEP Leah has previously worked with World Vision International in various capacities in programme management within Africa Most recently she worked as the Kenya County Director for Veterinaries Sans Frontiers Belgium in which she provided strategic and programme leadership Leah has also been involved in donor engagement with development partners such as USAID USDOL ECHO EU and the UN as well as working with national and global level organizational management teams Leah s focus is in organisational leadership for effective programme delivery that brings lasting change She is keen on gender mainstreaming in development projects and has contributed to numerous gender sensitive programmes She holds an MBA degree in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi and a postgraduate diploma in gender and development besides other professional qualifications Nathalie Rami Programmes Director Based in Nairobi Nathalie oversees all programmes across East and West Africa Prior to this she managed GVEP s Business Development activities for four years Before joining GVEP she worked as a Project Development and Grant Manager for a NGO in Haiti on projects related to water and sanitation health and energy and was also involved in supporting the fund raising capacity She has worked as a finance consultant for a NGO in Ethiopia and before that spent three years as an Analyst for Morgan Stanley in the UK and then for a hedge fund in Paris Nathalie holds an MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde Native French she is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of Spanish and Arabic Collins Munene Deputy Regional Director Collins Munene has fifteen years experience working with NGOs international organisations and the public sector in operations financial management accounting auditing strategic planning management and analysis Prior to joining GVEP he was the Head of Finance Governance Operations for Kimetrica International a social enterprise whose mission is to increase the effectiveness of spending in the social sector Collins holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a BS in Finance from the San Jose State University in California USA James Maillu Country Manager Kenya James has 15 years of practical work experience in Micro and Small Enterprises MSEs development particularly with international development organisations in East and West Africa He has specialised experience in business development

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  • Our Trustees | GVEP International
    plc North American Advisory Board She is also a member of the Rabobank s North American Agribusiness Advisory Board and the Center for Financial Stability board Dr Valery Sorokin Valery is a professor at the Russian Oil and Gas University He spent 10 years in Washington with Russia s diplomatic service and also worked in Brussels as the Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat In 2005 6 he headed the Group on Global Energy Security during Russian G8 Presidency Since then he has acted as consultant on energy issues on G7 G8 and G20 agenda Valery is a member of Public Council of the Russian Federal Tariff Service and an author of a number of books on energy geopolitics EU energy policy and regulation Emily Unwin Emily is a lawyer with ClientEarth a public interest environmental law organization where she works within the Brussels based Climate Forests team She was previously at the London law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite where she advised on environmental and commercial law She holds a Masters in international environmental law and her work focuses on emerging national and international environmental law and policy in particular that which has focuses on EU regulatory frameworks and the financing and development of renewable energy projects Matthew Whittell Matthew is the former Chief Financial Officer of Aggregated Micro Power a renewable energy company Previously he has worked with the Climate Exchange plc and Schroders He spent five years in Singapore working for Citigroup leading financial transactions both in Singapore and for several leading Indian corporates In 2005 he returned to university to study for a Masters in environmental technology he also has a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance He is Vice President on the Board of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association Dr Anil Cabraal Anil is a renewable and rural energy consultant and a Director of KMRI Lanka pvt Ltd Until April 2010 he was at the World Bank where he was responsible for guiding renewable and rural energy projects He also launched the joint World Bank IFC 2008 Lighting Africa programme was a contributor to the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program and has served on the boards of the Triodos Renewable Energy for Development Fund and Photovoltaics Global Approval Program He is presently on the boards of Sri Lankan companies ENSA Power a wind and small hydro developer and KMRI Asset Company a biomass power project owner He is also a trustee of Energy Forum a civil society agency in Sri Lanka supporting clean energy dialogue Anil has authored a number of publications holds a doctorate in Agricultural Engineering and was the recipient of the Professor Robert Hill award at the 2005 European Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Conference Andrew Reicher Andrew Reicher is Chairman of Africa Renewable Energy Fund managed by Berkeley Energy and also an investor and adviser in other climate resilient electricity initiatives especially in the world s poorest countries He has more than 30 years experience in private equity investment and

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  • Partners | GVEP International
    Technology factsheets Training material Resources Partners Financial support partners Barclays DFID DGIS EU Garfield Weston Foundation IDB OFID Sida USAID Vitol Foundation World Bank EEP Africa Rotary Club UN Foundation ENERGIA Programme partners National Geographic Invested Development Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund AECF Ashden BiD Network GIZ Hedon Heifer International Energia ETC International Solar Sister Climate Innovation Centre Kenya GSMA Kiva SEM Fund Toniic Initiatives GACC SE4All Energy IRENA EU Africa

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  • Vacancies | GVEP International
    Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race religion national origin sexual orientation or disability Vacancies Vacancies in London There are no vacancies at the moment Vacancies in our Country Offices Agriculture Project Manager Deadline for applications 20th February 2016 For more information please download the job description Proposal Development and New Business Manager Deadline for applications 24th February 2016 For more information please download the

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  • Energy access | GVEP International
    rural areas Nearly 2 7 billion people rely on traditional use of biomass Using biomass in inefficient stoves causes highly toxic household air pollution which leads to 4 3 million premature deaths each year a figure set to overtake the number of premature deaths from malaria tuberculosis and HIV Aids Energy access is crucial to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015 To achieve the target of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 another 395 million people require electricity and an additional 1 billion require clean cooking facilities To ensure universal electrification by 2030 an expected 700 billion of investment is expected to be required In developing countries the public sector will not be able to finance this investment and private sector interventions are critical Universal energy access is a key priority on the global development agenda It is a foundation for all the Millennium Development Goals Ban Ki Moon UN Secretary General In recognition of the importance of energy access for sustainable economic development and supporting achievement of the MDGs the United Nations General Assembly designated 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All This initiative calls for private sector and national commitments and is

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  • Cooking | GVEP International
    documented health financial and time saving benefits to adopting these products The challenge for companies is to translate these benefits into consumer demand through targeted sales and marketing efforts to overcome difficult distribution logistics and to provide appropriate end user financing mechanisms which enable those who wish to purchase to do so despite having very little discretionary income and savings Briq uettes Charcoal and biomass briquettes offer a viable and low cost alternative to firewood and charcoal especially in commercial applications such as small restaurants Encouraging domestic consumers to adopt new behaviors required for cooking with briquettes can be a challenge though well made briquettes are suitable for some tasks A variety of companies in sub Saharan Africa are producing and distributing briquettes including Green Bio Energy in Uganda and are focused on marketing and distribution to increase awareness and access Green Bio Energy has partnered with Total to expand their reach and leverage the existing distribution infrastructure associated with petrol stations spread throughout the country In East Africa GVEP works with a large number of micro enterprises that are manufacturing briquettes from charcoal dust agricultural waste or sawdust The advantage is that these enterprises are operating locally in communities where briquettes are used which should allow for less complex logistics and an improved ability to adapt products to consumer needs and preferences While not related to cooking on a larger scale briquettes may also be used by industrial companies to fuel their steam boilers Global Supply Solutions in Kenya is building a facility to produce biomass briquettes from pineapple waste that it will sell to industrial users producing captive electricity for agro processing facilities Biog as Biogas is produced through the anaerobic digestion of organic waste such as animal and human and household waste as well as agricultural by

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