The fundamental lesson from the Indian experience for any country looking to rapidly accelerate expansion of electricity access is that market-based decentralized renewable energy solutions represent the fastest and most cost-effective ways to bring energy to underserved rural and peri-urban populations; but to leverage the innovation, expertise and investment of the private sector, governments must work to include such approaches in development and electrification master planning, and to develop sustainable mechanisms for compensating private operators and providers of energy services for providing a public good to society.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have issued a Call for Partners as they set up a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Education and Technology Centre in Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan.
The global initiative “Powering Agriculture – An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” (PAEGC) together with TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences is launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Further participating organizations are the Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Tetra Tech, the World Bank, as well as the Center for Development Research (ZEF). The 8-week course, which will run from February 1st to March 27th 2016, introduces challenges and solutions for sustainable energy use in the agriculture and food sector.
One initiative to overcome energy challenges in West Africa's Benin, Mali and Togo is the ‘Energy, Ecodevelopment and Resilience in Africa (EERA)’ project, which focuses on reinforcing national technical and institutional capacities and is implementing a multi-sectoral participatory approach to decision-making in each country. This goes beyond the ministries in charge of energy and includes analyses of national energy systems and policies.
As part of the International Year of Evaluation 2015, the Centre for Development Impact (a joint initiative of the Institute of Development Studies, Itad Ltd and the University of East Anglia) hosted a meeting at Wilton Park to discuss the state of impact evaluation, and build new evaluation coalitions for market-oriented development initiatives.
Here at REEEP, an unassuming, dog-eared printed document can be found on nearly everyone's desk. So much has the outcome document of the DFID and Lead International dialogue process on institutional learning for change, "Learning for a low-carbon climate resilient society," influenced our work over the past year.
The CTI PFAN CIS & CA Project Development & Financing Initiative (CISCA-PDFI) seeks to nurture entrepreneurs, start-up and existing companies, project teams and consortia with environmentally beneficial business proposals, with the aim of linking them with the necessary capital and resources to make them successful.