wPOWER Newsletter: March 2018
Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa 2018
wPOWER joined more than 400 participants from government, business and civil society for the Sustainable Energy Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. The forum focused on among other actions, mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment and the urban energy challenges that East African cities face. wPOWER's Strategic Partnerships Director, Linda Davis, PhD, moderated a session on gender and energy and represented the partnership showcasing its best practices in involving women in clean energy entrepreneurship for a better bottom line. Read more
Envirofit International
Envirofit International is a social enterprise that innovates energy products and services that deliver positive social, environmental and economic impacts. With headquarters in the USA and production and distribution centres across East & West Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Envirofit has developed a product line of clean cooking technologies that reduce fuel use, smoke, and toxic emissions. Read more
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) selects first four businesses for Spark+ Investment Readiness Program support
Four businesses in East Africa and Southeast Asia have been selected for support from  Spark+ , a new investment program at (GACC) The businesses are Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise (SGFE), NewLight Africa (doing business as Heya!), EcoZoom and KopaGas. Spark+ seeks to build the pipeline of investment-ready companies in the clean cooking sector through operational, strategic and investment advisory support and, where appropriate, direct funding . Read more
15 West African Countries Build a Gender-just Energy System
15 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo) are now putting women at the forefront of a new energy strategy to develop and enable increased access to climate friendly energy throughout the region. 
These countries requested help from the United Nations’ Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) to develop and harness the capacity of the region’s women and men to adopt a gender-responsive approach to improving energy access that combines solutions to both reduce carbon emissions and strengthen capacity to respond to climate change impacts.  Read more
Gender-based violence risk is a part of daily life in refugee camps
The risks of gender-based violence (GBV) are increased within the home. Women and girls in humanitarian settings are generally at higher risk for experiencing violence at home by their partners. The failure to produce cooked food due to a shortage of fuel may increase this risk. Distributing clean cookstoves is a potential solution, but there is insufficient evidence about the relationship between clean cookstove use and the incidence and risk of Gender Based Violence. Read more
wPOWER and SOLARKIOSK strengthen their partnership to advocate for women’s empowerment in clean energy.
Faith Nduku Tony, one of SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB operators in Kenya, was recently featured on wPOWER’s website to highlight the best practice of SOLARKIOSK empowering women. SOLARKIOSK’s business model focuses on women as key drivers of renewable energy. wPOWER hopes to build the evidence base necessary to advocate for women’s participation in clean energy initiatives and create changes from policymakers and wider sector stakeholders across the world . Read more
Wanjira Mathai on Women's Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship in Least Developing Countries.
Read Wanjira Mathai's (Senior Partnership Advisor at wPOWER) interview with Hang Tran and Simon Hess from Enhanced Integrated Framework. Here is an excerpt from the story: ''The evolution of the wPOWER project has really been around how to best build a body of evidence that makes the case for the central role that women must play in the clean energy value chain. Read more.
Women Leading the Charge for Clean Energy in Kenya
As the world joined together on  International Women’s Day 2018 , to collectively #pressforprogress, wPOWER celebrated two women who have used their leadership to inform processes aimed at bringing women to a clean energy path. Their stories demonstrate that women can serve as ideal agents of change who successfully spearhead the proliferation of clean energy. Read more
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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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