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Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Workshop

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

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Venue: Crowne Plaza NairobiKenya Road, Upperhill, Nairobi, 00100.

Registration is now CLOSED for the 4th annual SAFE Humanitarian Workshop. Click here if you wish to join the wait list.


The SAFE Humanitarian Workshop builds the knowledge and capacity of field practitioners and other stakeholders in providing effective fuel and energy solutions to crisis-affected people. Energy access for cooking, lighting, heating, cooling, and other essential activities is a critical and under-served need among millions of displaced people worldwide. The SAFE 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 hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the United Nations Foundation, UNHCR Kenya, the International Organization on Migration, and the World Food Programme, with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The 2017 SAFE Workshop will have some exciting new features. 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.


A preliminary agenda of the workshop is now available! Download it below. 

The SAFE Humanitarian Workshop will include three days of classroom learning, panel discussions, and interactive sessions. In addition, participants may to opt to participate in the following activities at no cost. All will take place at the Crowne Plaza Nairobi.

Mini/Micro Grids Side Event

On December 1st, the United Nations Foundation, in collaboration with the SAFE Working Group, is hosting a day-long side event dedicated to clean energy mini/micro-grids in refugee camps settings. The purpose of the event is to:

  • Raise awareness among humanitarian agencies about the role clean energy mini/micro-grids can play in powering refugee camps;
  • Identify key barriers and potential approaches to deploying clean energy mini/micro-grids in refugee camps; and
  • Help mini-grid practitioners – particularly those from the private sector – learn about opportunities to engage with humanitarian organizations, and vice-versa.

Download the Side Event Concept Note to learn more!


  • Venue: The workshop will take place at the Crowne Plaza Nairobi hotel, located on the Kenya Road in Upperhill, Nairobi, 00100. Rooming is available at the Crowne Plaza, or participants may opt to stay at nearby hotels. 

  • Travel & Accommodations: Participants are responsible for arranging and financing their own travel, accommodations, and related expenses either personally or with their respective organizations. Lunch and tea breaks (early morning, mid-morning, and afternoon) will be provided for registered participants at the workshop.

  • Visas: Foreign nationals may apply online for a single entry Kenyan visa at Please note that requirements may differ by your country of origin. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid delays. Be careful to avoid fake online visa scam sites. We recommend using the official government link above. If you need a letter of invitation to obtain a Kenyan visa or obtain administrative approval for your travel, email with your passport number and the issuIing country by  Wednesday, November 22nd. 

  • Travel Risk: The workshop coordinators are closely monitoring potential security risks associated with travel to Nairobi due to the ongoing Kenyan election process, and we will keep participants informed. While we do not anticipate problems, you travel to Kenya at your own risk. In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled, the SAFE Working Group cannot reimburse travel costs.

For more travel tips and recommendations, download the Logistics Packet below. 

Energy Products Display

Participants are welcome to bring energy products such as solar lights, cookstoves, mini-grids, etc. to display outside the main conference hall during the workshop. However, soliciting, freely distributing, excessively advertising, or engaging in related business negotiations at the SAFE workshop is strictly prohibited. The SAFE Workshop is a fuel and technology-neutral space where practitioners can come together to learn and exchange information about various technologies and fuels. To ensure that we prepare enough table space for all products, those interested in exhibiting should complete the Exhibitor's Form no later than Friday, November 24th. Participants are fully responsible for shipping and caring for the products they bring, including removing them after the workshop. Please limit your products to no more than 5 items (except for fuel units such as briquettes or pellets). 

Communications & FAQ 

Have a question? Have a suggestion? Simply want to say hello? The 2017 SAFE Workshop is using the newly launched EnergyCoP platform for humanitarian practitioners to provide live updates before and during the workshop, as well as answer frequently asked questions (FAQs). Create an account on EnergyCop today to join the discussion and visit the 2017 SAFE Workshop Message Board to stay up to date! If you encounter any difficulties, use the Contact Us form to inform the platform administrators, who will be able to help you. 

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View pictures,summaries, and agendas of previous SAFE workshops below!

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