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Access to Modern Energy is increasingly recognized as an area of humanitarian concern. If communities affected by crises go without proper access to energy, it becomes impossible for them to meet the basic needs of life. In fact, if humanitarian organisations do not adequately address access to energy in their programmes, they risk contributing to the very same problems they aim to solve. 

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Call to Action: Humanitarian Energy Challenges

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Calling For Collaborators on Humanitarian Energy Challenges!

Calling For Collaborators on Humanitarian Energy Challenges!

Our Access to Modern Energy Programme has moved to the exciting phase where we need your help! All of our participating organisations have been working hard to articulate the specific challenge they wish to tackle around humanitarian energy, and are now seeking solution partners, energy experts and investors. View

Going from Appetite to Movement in the Humanitarian Energy Transition

Going from Appetite to Movement in the Humanitarian Energy Transition

Powered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and DCHI recently hosted a special session on Humanitarian Energy. In honour launching of our accelerator programme, the session highlighted the crucial role of Modern Energy in tackling the changing landscape of humanitarian crises. Thanks to our co-hosts and inspirational speakers, including the honour of welcoming H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, Senior Advisor for Private Sector Partnerships at the UNHCR, we believe that we created real momentum for the humanitarian energy transition. View

The Official Launch of the DCHI & RVO Humanitarian Accelerator Programme on energy 2020

The Official Launch of the DCHI & RVO Humanitarian Accelerator Programme on energy 2020

Joined by over 80 participants, DCHI together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs kicked off to accelerate energy transformation for humanitarian aid, during our recent Focal Point Café on 17 September. We are very excited that so many organisations have committed to participating in our programme, taking us a step closer to realising the energy transition in the humanitarian sector.  View

Register for our Upcoming Focal Point Café on Access to Modern Energy

Register for our Upcoming Focal Point Café on Access to Modern Energy

Join this special edition Focal Point Café on clean energy and our Humanitarian Accelerator Programme Launch Powered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and DCHI invite you to join us for a Focal Point Café on Access to Modern Energy in Humanitarian Contexts. For this 3rd edition of the focal point cafe, DCHI will present a condensed snapshot of how to approach innovative processes for humanitarian aid linked to Energy needs. Together with our partners such as the GPA, we will let you discover the value of renewable energy and clean cooking, a market-based approach, and collaborations for a transformation of humanitarian work. View

Access to Modern Energy: RVO and DCHI open the Humanitarian Accelerator Programme (HAP)

Access to Modern Energy: RVO and DCHI open the Humanitarian Accelerator Programme (HAP)

The Access to Modern Energy (AME) programme of RVO and DCHI provides the perfect means to get into action around Humanitarian Energy. The AME programme enables innovation and collaboration for humanitarian organisations, for energy experts from the private sector and development organisations, as well as for potential supporters and investors. View

Top Tips from our Innovation Managers on Partnership Engagement

Top Tips from our Innovation Managers on Partnership Engagement

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‘Access to Modern Energy’: Kick Off 2.0 & Early Insights from Pilots

‘Access to Modern Energy’: Kick Off 2.0 & Early Insights from Pilots

Following the successful Humanitarian Accelerator Programme earlier this year, DCHI together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) hosted a second ‘Kick-Off’ event, to look back on the Access to Modern Energy initiatives that were granted funds in April. The aim of this insightful session was to use the initial reflections of the project-leads on implementing their innovative pilots so far. Ultimately, our aim is to use these lessons learnt in order to keep improving, and supporting the current and future innovations on the increasingly important theme of Energy. View

‘Access to Modern Energy’: Peer to Peer Review

‘Access to Modern Energy’: Peer to Peer Review

On April 11th the Access to Modern Energy pilot took the next step within a second meeting facilitated by RVO and DCHI. Following the kick-off, the participants from the humanitarian sector and the energy experts met once again to present their submitted concept notes. The goal had been to use the connections they made during the kick-off last month, to create new partnerships and consolidate their joint ideas and expertise to form these initial project proposals. Marjanne van der Helm from UNICEF emphasised the learning throughout this process as a benefit. “[this initiative] has opened my eyes to the energy activities that UNICEF is already undertaking,” she shared. “Together with the field offices, I have come to investigate what the challenges and opportunities are to improve and scale up these activities (…) Our partner Practical Action has been key to enrich us with their expertise and learnings from earlier projects”. View

DCHI Roundtable at: ‘SDG 7 – How does the Netherlands Contribute to Renewable Energy in Developing Countries’

DCHI Roundtable at: ‘SDG 7 – How does the Netherlands Contribute to Renewable Energy in Developing Countries’

On Friday 5th of April DCHI facilitated a roundtable session for The Netherlands Enterprise Agency’s (RVO) national sector event on the barriers and future potential of Renewable Energy in developing countries. The event was organised to officially launch the subsidy programme ‘SDG7 Results’. This scheme offers businesses, NGO’s or financial institutions the opportunity to have their projects subsidised, based on the number of people who have gained renewable energy sources thanks to the innovative intervention. View

Access to Modern Energy Kick-Off

Access to Modern Energy Kick-Off

On March 13th the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and DCHI organized the kick-off workshop of the Access to Modern Energy pilot. The goal was to explore this issue together with representatives of humanitarian- and development organisations as well as with energy experts in the room, and to commit to concrete steps to develop joint concept notes for innovative pilots. The overarching ambition was to create a ‘ripple effect’ for the future approach to the theme of Access to Modern Energy, with the overall aim to achieve sustainable access to modern energy in humanitarian settings. View

RVO and DCHI launch pilot on Access to Modern Energy

RVO and DCHI launch pilot on Access to Modern Energy

To overcome the barriers to humanitarian programming with a focus on Access to Modern Energy, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and DCHI will implement a pilot humanitarian acceleration programme. This programme supports humanitarian organisations and development organisations to set up joint pilot projects realising Access to Modern Energy in humanitarian crisis contexts. View

New Business Models for the Humanitarian Sector

New Business Models for the Humanitarian Sector

One of the Break-Out Sessions during the DCHI Annual Event on the 2nd of October 2018, focussed on New Business models for the Humanitarian Sector. Traditionally, humanitarian organisations have often provided support through direct distribution of relief items, relying largely on financial support by donors to be able to purchase these items in the first place. Increasingly however, others ways of creating access to goods and services are being explored, sometimes even changing the business model by which the ‘humanitarians’ are operating themselves. View

Insights and Energy at the Energy Meet-Up

Insights and Energy at the Energy Meet-Up

On the longest day of the year, DCHI organized the 6th Third Thursday Meetup in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense and RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency). The goal was to inform, inspire, and create opportunities to support the energy transition in the humanitarian sector. Various avenues for future collaboration were explored with regards to ensuring that both crisis-affected people as well as humanitarian organisations can have access to energy in ways that are safe, cost-efficient, healthy, and sustainable. View

Scaling Innovation. Lessons learned from partners.

Scaling Innovation. Lessons learned from partners.

To provide innovators with useful information and examples and to learn from one another, DCHI organized a Third Thursday meet-up in The Hague on scaling innovation. During the meetup on 19 April, the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), African Clean Energy (ACE), Akvo and World Startup Factory shared their lessons learned and advice. View

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