Engaging the humanitarian sector for renewable energy
On 15 November 2018, ELAN RDC organized a workshop and exhibition on "Renewable energies to sustainably improve the living conditions of vulnerable populations in the DRC.” The event brought together stakeholders working in renewable energy (private sector, humanitarian, development institutions) to find solutions to sustainably facilitate access to energy and improve their living conditions for vulnerable populations.
Thirteen leaders from the renewable energy sector, including BBOXX, Burn, d.light and Greenlight Planet, traveled to Goma on this occasion to present their energy solutions and explore avenues of collaboration with humanitarian actors and financial institutions during the exhibition. The participants were able to establish contact with new stakeholders and are currently discussing new avenues for collaboration between private and humanitarian actors (eg. NRC, WFP, UNHCR, among others). The event also helped revive the activities of the SAFE (Safe Fuel and Energy) working group whose objective is to ensure that resources, information and technologies are channeled to stakeholders to meet the challenges of access to secure fuel and alternative sources of energy.