wPOWER Newsletter: November - December 2017
FROM THE wPOWER HUB DESK:
Collaborating for Impact: The wPOWER Partner Annual Event
wPOWER recently concluded the Annual Partner Gathering event themed “Collaborating for Impact: Capturing Insights and Highlighting Best Practice” in Nairobi, Kenya. During the event, we launched the wPOWER 8 Principles of Best Practice - critical principles required for building a gender - inclusive sustainable energy sector. Read more about the event and watch our partner video   here  that highlights the best practices to scale energy access.
PARTNER SPOTLIGHTS
Oorja
Oorja , a for-profit social enterprise aims to use locally available crop waste and solar energy as resources to power rural communities. Oorja uses decentralized energy systems to address energy poverty, stimulate local economic development and tackle climate change. Read more


Standard Microgrid
Standard Microgrid (SM), based in Lusaka, Zambia is employing an innovative approach to distributed renewable energy services. They are engaged in off-grid renewable microgrid engineering, procurement, and construction in island communities, rural communities, and base transmission stations. Read more
PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS
PARTNER SUCCESS STORIES: BURN
Meet the women changing the clean cooking landscape in Kenya: Series 1
Serah and Caroline are working towards changing the clean landscape in Kenya. They both work at BURN Manufacturing,   a cookstove manufacturing company that has over 50% of female workforce spread across their various factory departments. Read about how they are influencing patterns of cooking and why they are inspired to do even more. Read more
Meet the women changing the clean cooking landscape in Kenya: Series 2
Violet learnt about BURN Manufacturing through a friend in 2013. Her journey at the company began as a line worker, but through hard work and determination, she rose quickly through the ranks – to a senior inventory assistant and supervisor. Twice recognized as an employee of their year, and six times as an employee of the month, there’s no limit to what Violet can achieve. Read more
IN THE NEWS
Stronger together: wPOWER partnership leads the way in advancing women’s role in clean energy entrepreneurship.
 wPOWER's work to promote the central role of women in clean energy through its three key strategic pillars was featured in the International Center for Comparative Environmental Law (CIDCE) newsletter. It was shared at the 2017 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. Read the article here .
Benefits of advanced wood-burning stoves more than anticipated
Advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the developing world can reduce air pollution more than anticipated, according to a recent study from North Carolina State University. "Previous studies have looked solely at direct emissions from cookstoves," says Dr. Andrew Grieshop, an assistant professor at the university. Read more
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves  is collaborating with Plan International Spain, Plan International Rwanda, Johns Hopkins University , and Eneris Environment Energy Consultants to build the evidence base for how cleaner and more efficient cookstove and fuel interventions impact risk and/or incidence of gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. Read more
How Mama Imade is inspiring Nigerians to switch to cleaner cooking
Meet - Mama Imade, a fictional star of the new Alliance-supported Nollywood style web series called “ The Adventures of Mama Imade ”. The series was developed by McCann Global Health in collaboration with Africare, who are jointly implementing a behavior change communication (BCC) intervention in Nigeria to motivate women to switch to LPG for cooking. Read more
BLOGS
Women Rising Up on Sustainable Energy and Ending Energy Poverty
More women need to be involved in the entire energy value chain to diminish energy poverty for the world’s most marginalized populations. wPOWER participated in the launch of the  People-Centered Accelerator   at COP23 in Bonn.“We created the People-Centered Accelerator because in the energy transition, no one should be left behind,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All. Read more here.
Strengthening Gender Equality and Increasing Women’s Participation in the Ethiopian Power Sector
The Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) has over 12,000 employees, of which only 2,502 are women. Only 13 percent of female employees hold senior management positions. However, if the utility expects to meet its goal of serving 7 million customers by 2025, more than double its current base, EEU will need to recruit and retain the nation’s best talent, both male and female. Read more
Kenya is making progress on climate change faster than expected
Kenya’s ban on plastic bags, its commitment to restore 5.1 million hectares of land and growth projections in the renewable energy sector are some of the crucial aspects in environmental protection. These three commitments will play a key role in moving Kenya towards a low carbon climate resilient development pathway and contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change. Read more
SELECT PUBLICATIONS
Sustainable Energy For All Report
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) Report
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
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Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) was established by the U.S Department of State in January 2013. wPOWER is promoting the central role of women in clean energy entrepreneurship, and in addressing climate change.

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