Solar lamp (c) UNHCR D.A. Khan Pakistan 2013
© UNHCR D.A. Khan Pakistan 2013

Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Workshop

November 28, 2017 — December 1, 2017   |   Nairobi, Kenya

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! Thanks to the generosity of the Governments the Netherlands and Norway, the 4th annual SAFE Humanitarian Workshop will take place from November 28 to December 1st in Nairobi, Kenya. 

  • Registration will open in a few weeks. We will follow up with formal invitations at that point. 
  • Help to develop this year's Agenda!  Fill out our Agenda Survey
  • If you did not receive our Save the Date by email, sign up for the SAFE Community mailing list to receive future updates. 


The primary objective of the SAFE Humanitarian Workshop is to build the knowledge and capacity of field practitioners and other stakeholders to provide effective fuel and energy solutions for cooking, lighting, heating, and powering to crisis-affected people. The workshop is also the only annual event that convenes the full range of stakeholders engaged in humanitarian energy initiatives, such as NGOs, government representatives, researchers, and businesses. It is a critical opportunity to exchange knowledge, develop best practices, and facilitate collaboration between aid agencies and the private sector. This year's workshop is supported by the generous contributions of the Dutch and Norwegian governments. 

This year’s workshop will have some exciting new features. As we noted after last year’s workshop in Kigali, the SAFE Community has rapidly grown and diversified in the last few years. Accordingly, the 2017 workshop will incorporate strategic discussions on key emerging issues, such as the increasing role of the private sector and the need for a global strategy on energy access for displaced people.

Mini/Micro Grids Side Event

On December 1st (Day 4), the United Nations Foundation will host a day-long side event dedicated to clean energy mini/micro-grids in refugee camp settings. More information coming soon!


  • Workshop attendance is free. There will be no registration fee.
  • Participants are responsible for arranging and financing their own travel, accommodations, and Kenyan visas, either personally or with their respective organizations.
  • The workshop will take place in the Upperhill neighborhood of Nairobi. The exact venue is to be confirmed.


Please help us to develop the 2017 SAFE Workshop agenda by completing our Agenda Survey

The workshop will include 3 days of classroom learning, panel discussions, and interactive sessions. Day 4 will include the mini-grid side event and visits to local manufacturers and distributors of energy products (subject to change). Please help us to develop the 2017 session agenda by taking 

More information coming soon! 

Learn More

Check out pictures, summaries, and agendas of previous SAFE workshops below!