Mentoring to enable the Humanitarian Energy Transformation: sharing knowledge is key
Energy experts of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) joined the programme team to coach and support humanitarian professionals and their selected partners in realising their ideas to scale their energy access challenges. Emiel Hanekamp, Laura Patel, Jeroen van der Linden and Daphne Pit are applying their engineering, innovation and transformation knowledge to further strengthen and validate the partnerships. The aim for every challenge owner in the programme is to partner with the private sector including local entrepreneurs in new ways, demonstrating how doing good is good business.
Commitment and expertise on RVO Humanitarian Accelerator Programme
Following a three-step innovation model, 14 humanitarian organisations committed to the RVO and DCHI to start an Accelerator Programme on Access to Modern Energy last year. Having committed to articulating their energy challenge to find solution partners, 11 organisations have reached the final step, and are now receiving coaching to help them scale.
Laura Patel, Energy Access Specialist
“It’s great to see the enthusiasm of humanitarian organisations and the private sector to co-create solutions to support the transition to cleaner energy sources. By bringing this expertise together we can learn from each others knowledge and experience to explore different solutions and scenarios and improve the way things are done.“
The AME programme is about doing new things to solve problems and improve the quality of renewable energy access in humanitarian programmes around the world. The AME programme is the result of cooperation between the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI). DCHI brings together humanitarian organisations, research and educational institutes, businesses of all sizes and governmental actors. The coalition enables them to jointly find, develop and scale innovative solutions. The AME programme is financed in part by the Inclusive Growth department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
11 Access to Modern Energy Stories, join the movement
Read the challenges of the Humanitarian Organisations involved in the Accelerator Programme. Would you like to share your energy stories, challenge or solutions? Submit it to our demand and supply platform, Source2Gather. We’re committed to matching today’s challenges with tomorrow’s solutions.
Access To Modern Energy Programme
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. The programme enables humanitarian organisations to be the catalysts for tackling specific energy challenges, whilst opening themselves up to receiving the knowledge and business insights from energy experts and private-sector partnerships. Ultimately, the projects will provide local insights for humanitarian partnerships to enable cost efficiency and improve quality of humanitarian work.