Africa Strategic Partnership on Green Inclusive Energy Launches in Zimbabwe

September 14, 2016

The Strategic Partnership ‘Green and Inclusive Energy’ in Africa, which will run from 2016-2020, launched with a conference held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 5-9 September, 2016.

The Hivos Southern Africa and East Africa hubs will implement the Africa Green and Inclusive Energy programme in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

Hivos Hubs in Southern Africa and East Africa, together with the Global Office, organised the five-day kickoff meeting with partners to co-create and finalise a joint strategy and planning. The conference brought together approximately 50 participants from East and Southern Africa. The programme’s nucleus is built on cooperation with and capacity strengthening of national civil society to effectively advocate in favour of green and inclusive policies.

Its strong focus on lobby seeks to influence ‘citizen agency’ and public debate to help push the transition from centralised energy production based on fossil fuels towards more decentralised and inclusive energy systems in which citizens take central stage.

The “inclusive” component of the partnership is geared toward improving family health, food supplies and income, and increasing opportunities for women that will allow them greater and more productive participation in politics, society and the economy.

CSOs ranged from traditional energy and non-energy organisations, known as nexus organisations under the programme, that will work with both hubs to achieve the programme’s objectives.

The participants went through training in Theory of Change (ToC), Outcome Harvesting, Communication and Gender and Social Inclusion. Participants further strengthened their national and regional TOCs both within their own national groups and through knowledge exchanges with participants from other countries.

The programme is the product of the Citizen Agency Consortium formed by Hivos, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Article 19 in January 2015 that aims to strengthen civil society through capacity development of their lobby and advocacy skills.

The consortium is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Dialogue and Dissent programme, and by extension, the Dutch embassies in the countries in which the consortium is active.

Access to clean, modern, sustainable energy is critical for improving the health and livelihoods of billions of people around the world. There is growing evidence linking socioeconomic benefits with access to a reliable and affordable supply of energy. The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 focuses on a concerted global effort to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Hivos believes that access to energy can alleviate poverty, improve living conditions and propel economic development, so we support NGOs in developing countries to increase the demand for (renewable) energy access in remote locations. We join forces with local organisations and entrepreneurs because we have seen that decentralised renewable energy systems, more reliant on small-scale generation from renewable energy sources, also allow consumers to become producers themselves, thus driving local economic development.

Hivos participates in four Strategic Partnerships funded by the Dutch government, which will run from 2016-2020. The other three are Sustainable Diets for All, Open Contracting and Women @ Work.