wPOWER Newsletter: August 2018
FROM THE wPOWER HUB DESK
Best Practices; Increasing Adoption of Clean Cooking Technologies and Fuels
The need for clean and affordable energy is the focus of Sustainable Development Goal 7. However, the slow progress in adoption of safe, affordable and sustainable energy remains a great concern as more than 40% of the world’s population still lacks access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking, lighting and heating. A position paper "Best Practices; Increasing Adoption of Clean Cooking Technologies and Fuel", authored by wPOWER, identifies factors hindering the adoption of clean cooking technologies and fuels and draws solutions from wPOWER strategies and women–targeted approaches.  Read the position paper here
LivelyHoods: Promoting Women's Employment through an Innovative Distribution Model
wPOWER partner, LivelyHoods, recruits and trains unemployed women to equip them with valuable professional skills in sales, distribution and leadership. Trainees who successfully graduate from the program are employed as sales agents of clean energy technologies, with an 89% decrease in poverty likelihood one year after joining LivelyHoods. In a recently published wPOWER case study titled, "Promoting Women's Employment through an Innovative Distribution Model" the authors explore the training, distribution and support model employed by LivelyHoods, while highlighting the accomplishments, challenges and lessons learned in the implementation of this model. Read the case study here
IN THE NEWS
Power for All Launches the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge
wPOWER Partner, Power for All, is proud to officially launch the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK), a new interactive knowledge platform designed to curate, organize, synthesize and transform large, growing bodies of decentralized renewable energy data into “digestible,” shareable and useable information. PEAK offers users the opportunity to compare, contrast, layer and work with multiple different data sources all at once for instant visualization.  Access PEAK here
BLOGS
A Look at Our Incredible Women
wPOWER partnered to develop a coaching and mentorship program to support and enrich the skills of women entrepreneurs. This program is an ongoing year long post-training mentorship program offered to women entrepreneurs to enhance enterprise growth and sustainability. The program aims to strengthen the social impact of training programs and integrate the wPOWER Hub’s initiatives more firmly among grassroots women in communities. Read the incredible stories of the women mentees below.
SELECT PUBLICATIONS
The Energy Access Dividend Compendium: Key Facts on Energy Access and the SDGs
The Energy Access Dividend Compendium, powered by PEAK, draws out the clearest data points by articulating the direct relationship between decentralized energy access and some of the most critical SDGs. This is a living compendium- as new data becomes available Power for All will update the factsheets accordingly. Download the compendium here
Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050
Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to meet the decarbonisation and climate mitigation goals set out in the Paris Agreement. IRENA’s report identifies six focus areas where policy and decision makers need to act. To learn more, download the report here
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
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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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