wPOWER Newsletter: October 2017
FROM THE wPOWER HUB DESK:
Clean Cooking Forum 2017: Driving Demand. Delivering Impact.

The Clean Cooking Forum, the biennial gathering of professionals with the goal to advance the clean cooking sector was recently hosted by wPOWER partners - Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) . The forum brought together all stakeholders to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels. wPOWER co-hosted the Women's Energy Entrepreneurship Breakfast along with GACC and ENERGIA . This networking session aimed at sharing best practices and lessons learned, particularly as it relates to experiences with mentorship, coaching, financing for women entrepreneurs, engaging men, empowerment and leadership training. Read more
PARTNER SPOTLIGHTS


World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a centre of scientific excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, ICRAF develops knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability. Read more...


ENERGIA
ENERGIA, International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy works towards achieving equal and equitable access to energy services for women and men. Given the challenges and constraints women face, the focus is on empowering women in the energy value chain, advocating for inclusion of gender in energy policies and programmes and providing the evidence base for improving the effectiveness of energy investments. Read more...
PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS
PARTNER SUCCESS STORIES: SOLAR SISTER
Meet Solar Sister Entrepreneur Chrecensia Joseph Shoki
When Chrecensia Joseph Shoki bought her own stove, which she found durable and efficient, she became an entrepreneur so that her friends and neighbors could have access to energy-efficient cookstoves too. “I thought, ‘How are my friends going to get this stove?’ So, I joined the entrepreneurial team so that my friends can enjoy the stoves.” Click here to watch her powerful video.




Meet Solar Sister Entrepreneur Hadija Ally Bali
“I hope a lot for our village for the future. I wish for a school. I wish for a medical clinic … I wanted the community to progress. To progress, first you need light.” Hadija Ally Bali is a farmer, community group teacher, and Solar Sister entrepreneur. See how her clean energy business helps her fulfill her dreams for her village. Click here to watch her powerful video.
IN THE NEWS
Female entrepreneurship and growing opportunity in Africa
In the United States, October was designated as “National Energy Awareness Month”— to emphasize the core function of energy to national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. IUCN’s Global Gender Office (GGO), recognises the importance of energy, particularly renewable energy, and the necessity of access to modern, clean and renewable fuel sources for billions of people globally... Read more
Renewables give more people access to electricity than coal
Around the world, more than a billion people still lack access to electricity. This number is shrinking, down by one third since 2000, despite rising population levels, according to an International Energy Agency special report on energy access, published today... Read more
UN Climate Change Conference 2017 Aims for Further, Faster Ambition Together
The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference opens on November 6, with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world on a safer and more prosperous development path.
The Conference will fuel momentum among cities, states, regions, territories.. Read more .
Lancet Commission Report Links Pollution Control to SDG Implementation
According to a Lancet Commission report, nearly 92% of pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with air pollution being the biggest contributor, linked to 6.5 million deaths, followed by water, workplace-related and lead pollution... Read more
BLOGS
Seven ways to help mitigate climate change
Often times, issues relating to climate change, green growth and pollution seem like rocket science to many. With terms like ‘Co2’, ‘greenhouse gas’ and ‘climate resilience’, it can be hard to get your head around how hotter weather will affect you and what you would do about it. In this article, we take you through steps through which global warming is affecting Rwanda and what we can do to respond to this challenge. Read more...
When kitchen smoke can kill
That  air pollution  kills is an established fact by now. Dr. Christopher Sola Olopade, Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, U.S. — who has done extensive research on the threat from indoor air pollution in Nigeria — says that overall exposure to household air pollution accounts for about four million premature deaths every year globally; of these, a million occur in India.. Read more..
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