Promoting the Central Role of Women in Clean Energy Entrepreneurship 
June 2017 Edition

Workshop on Women Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Energy in Africa

wPOWER  was pleased to join the United Nations University (UNU-GEST), UN Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iceland, UN Women and  Pan African Climate Justice Agency at a workshop on “Women’s Entrepreneurship on Sustainable Energy”. The event was held in Libreville, Gabon during the sixteenth session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) from June 13-14 2017.

The workshop released the "Libreville outcome statement on women entrepreneurs and sustainable energy in Africa".  The outcome was also incorporated in the AMCEN Declaration adopted during the Ministerial segment plenary session during the event.  Click here for the workshop report .

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is one of the most prominent environmental organizations based in Kenya. GBM focuses to empower communities, particularly women to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. .… Read more

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves works closely with other wPOWER partners to increase the participation of women entrepreneurs in the clean cookstoves and fuels value chain.... Read more

Frontier Markets is working to reduce barriers in distribution to bring access to affordable, renewable energy to India’s poor, focusing particularly on the needs of women..... Read more

Solar Sister, one of the key wPOWER founding partners is the world’s first women-led innovation unlocking women’s sustainable energy entrepreneurship ..… Read more

In the last few months, wPOWER has been developing an advocacy strategy. This strategy is an overarching framework for influencing the creation of an enabling environment for the uptake of clean energy, where women play a prominent role across the value chain. The wPOWER advocacy strategy will be shared publicly in the coming few weeks.

The advocacy strategy will take a multi-pronged approach to ensure:
  • - Increased awareness and attention of the issue among key audiences.
  • - Establish thought leadership across the sector.
  • - Outreach and networking.
  • - Influence policy makers

In an effort to further catalyze the use of clean cookstoves and fuels, the Global Alliance has launched the  "BCC Resource Hub”a global database of behavior change communication materials. 
Solaris Offgrid, the pay-as-you-go solar energy company has  raised more than Euros 1 million  to expand operations in new developing countries, including Africa, India and South East Asia.

Smart solar solutions is working on improving energy access and empowering refugee communities in Kenya.

Want to learn more about the problems LivelyHoods is tackling? Check out their newly launched website!

New support from the African Development Bank and the Climate Investment Funds, will provide support to Liberia to advance the  advance the renewable energy sector.
Empowering women is crucial to a range of environmental concerns, including climate change. 
With a gender-lens approach to energy access programs, the money flowing to energy access initiatives around the globe can have a greater impact on women’s empowerment   Read more... 

Solar Sister Journeys: Hilaria wins ENERGIA’s Women Entrepreneur of 2017 Award! Read more... 
Empowering Women through Corporate Value Chains: Getting the Data to Drive Scale Read more... 

As part of a broader initiative to help refugees access clean energy and sanitation, Water Mission is installing more plants in three refugee camps in western Tanzania...  Read more..
  • D-Prize is looking to fund aspiring entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world, of any age, and any background who increase access to proven poverty interventions.
  • Winrock International is hosting an event for the USAID-funded Developing a Sustainable Cookstove Sector (DSCS) Project (2012-2017) on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Click here for more information.
  • Registration for the Clean Cooking Forum in India (24th -26th Oct)  is now open. Register here
  • The Global Challenge Foundation launched their Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape, to find new models of global cooperation. It will award US$5 million in prizes for the best ideas that re-envision global governance for the 21st century. Click here to apply.
  • Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to Launch Humanitarian Clean Cooking Fund. Click here for more information.

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About the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER)
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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