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Solar energy in displacement contexts: EmPowering Africa’s most vulnerable through access to solar energy in complex crises.

Half of Africa’s population lacks access to electricity. This has vast implications on people’s health and safety, education, social inequality and economic growth. Displaced people are particularly vulnerable and solar power can be part of the solution. A yearly investment of $50-60 million could ensure the transition of about 90% of camp operations from diesel generators to solar technologies by 2030.

Speakers:

  • Stine Horn, Director Partnerships and Development, NORCAP, Norway.
  • Borja Gómez Rojo, Energy Programme Manager, NORCAP, Norway.
  • Lama Gharaibeh, Energy Advisor, NORCAP, Jordan
  • Rebeca Solis del Campo, Junior Energy Expert, WFP NORCAP, Italy

Expert Panellists:

  • Hans Olav Ibrekk, Policy Director (Section for Energy and Climate), Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Suzanna Huber, ‘Energy for Food Security’ Advisor, WFP – NORCAP Kenya.
  • Emmanuel Michael Biririza, Energy Specialist, UNHCR – NORCAP Tanzania
  • Øydis Gadeholt, Senior Project Developer, Scatec.

NORCAP in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group recently launched the report “Empowering Africa’s Most Vulnerable – access to solar energy in complex crises”.  The report shows what actions and stakeholders are needed to accelerate the use of clean energy among displaced and host communities. Furthermore, the study evaluates the opportunity for the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus (“Triple Nexus”) approach to address the issue and identifies how the pooled effort, capabilities, and finances could enable this energy access.

Read more about NORCAP here