Access to Modern Energy Acceleration Programme

Access to Modern Energy Acceleration Programme

June 24th, 2020

RVO & DCHI have partnered up, in launching the second humanitarian acceleration programme on access to modern energy  

Access to sustainable and modern energy is a precondition for social and economic development. Still, nearly 1 billion people live without access to electricity. They are dependent on polluting and often expensive resources. Communities and humanitarian organisations overpay for unreliable, polluting and dangerous sources of energy. Working with communities and households to understand energy needs and options for modern energy, as well as greening operations, opens numerous opportunities to increase impact and invest in sustainabilityAt the same time, these investments support a transformation in humanitarian aid, as market-based approaches strengthen the autonomy of people affected by crises. A new way of working stretches the impact of humanitarian programmingTo support humanitarian organisations DCHI and RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) offer a Humanitarian Accelerator Programme (HAP) for Access to Modern Energy. 


The Programme aims to outlines opportunities for impact and find new ways to collaborate with private and development partners for access to modern energy for humanitarian organisations.  

Following the success of Access to Modern Energy Impact Paper 2019 RVO DCHI and responding to the need for support, DCHI and RVO are launching the second Humanitarian Accelerator Programme (HAP) for Access to Modern Energy (AME). The programme creates humanitarian development for sustainable access to modern energy, as it supports humanitarian organisations to find opportunities for impact and to find new ways to collaborate for access to modern energy. 

Access to a network and modern energy development 

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.  Join the programme today!

Innovation: A proven three-step model 

The HAP empowers humanitarian organisations and their challenges to take joint action for access to modern energy at scale through a proven 3-step innovation model.  In the WANT stage, humanitarian organisations are encouraged to learn about the Energy topic, including the potential of energy and market-based approaches for beneficiaries and humanitariaoperations. Next, they are supported to get a clear grip on the challenges facing their organisations, as well as their ambitions for impact. In the FIND stage, humanitarian organisations share these challenges with a great network of solution partners, experts, and investors. Together, they find opportunities for joint impact. In the GET stage, these budding partnerships are supported to explore their collaboration further. Finally, they develop their joint impact plans and other opportunities to get into action. 


Connect, Capacitate, Collaborate 

 The HAP leverages the power of resources, expertise and capabilities to support humanitarian innovation with a global impact. The programme consist of three key components. Through the HAP participating humanitarian organisations will connect to a valuable international network of partners and supporters eager to engage with you them various online and offline platforms. These include the Clean Energy Challenge of UNHCR, Source2Gather, and tailored matchmaking sessions. The HAP will capacitate participating organisations  to understand and the Energy topic and apply state of the art solutions. The programme offers a series of workshops, will provide participants with individual mentoring, and is characterized by the involvement of numerous experts. 

Do you want to join? This is how! 

The HAP programme is now open to all humanitarian organisations with an office located in The Netherlands 

If you want to join, the process is simple. We will ask your organisation to: 

  1. Commit to the three steps of the programme; Want, Find, and Get. Each step involves both group-work in joint workshops by all participants together, as well as individual home-work within the respective organisations 
  2. Appoint one point-of-contact that will function as the counterpart of DCHI and RVO, representing his or her organization. This person will also be responsible to ensure the humanitarian organization’s management support as well as backing at the field level for its activities throughout the program. 
  3. Start thinking about the kind of challenge you would like to take up in the programme 
  4. Be brave! In the HAP we are learning together, openly sharing challenges and willingly engage in exploring new solutions.  
  5. Email or call Roza Freriks – DEADLINE 31 July 2020.