Membership Tier: Associate
Energy 4 Impact (formerly known as GVEP International) is a non-profit organisation working to alleviate poverty in developing countries through increased access to sustainable, renewable energy. To achieve this goal, they support the development and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises that deliver energy products and services to the poor.
Energy 4 Impact works to provide access to energy where large utilities are slow or unable to reach. They help to grow micro, small, and medium-sized energy enterprises in poor rural and peri-urban areas, and in turn improve the quality of life for millions of people. They do this by advising businesses and enabling them to secure the financing and resources they require.
A consortium led by Energy 4 Impact, in partnership with Chatham House, UNHCR, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and Practical Action is implementing a project called the Moving Energy Initiative (MEI), which seeks to identify how innovation in policy and practice within the humanitarian sector can improve access to sustainable energy among displaced populations and camp operators. The initiative will develop, research, and test appropriate sustainable energy solutions, coupled with innovative delivery models, for heating, cooking, lighting, water & sanitation, communication or other purposes.
The results from the research are expected to inform and influence the sustainable energy policies, priorities, and operations of donors, host governments, national and international organizations in the humanitarian sector. The program is also expected to increase and improve private sector engagement in the provision of appropriate, market-tested energy products and services. The project is expected to also deliver benefits of reductions in costs to camp management authorities and other environmental benefits. During the first phase of the project, two levels of research were conducted: a global review of the energy situation for displaced populations as well as surveys of the energy economy in three sampled locations - Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Jordan. Phase 2, which started in June 2016, will implement a series of initiatives aimed at addressing identified bottlenecks and demonstrating new approaches on the ground.
As the lead partner in the MEI consortium, Energy 4 Impact appreciates the value that participation in SAFE would add to the MEI and aims to share lessons learned gathered in the course of implementing the project, learning from experiences gathered by other member agencies as well as ensuring a more coordinated approach in handling energy issues in humanitarian settings.