From the Network – March 2018

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to join the UN Foundation and the Energy Access Practitioner Network – a one-of-a-kind community of +2,000 individuals working on the leading edge of energy access efforts. Together with all of you, we have worked to advocate, catalyze and accelerate the pace of clean energy access efforts across the world, and will continue doing so.

This month, in honor of International Women’s Day 2018, we are shining a light on our partner – Empower Generation, a social enterprise that is working with women in rural parts of Nepal to provide access to clean energy, fighting prevailing misconceptions about women in business.

We are also looking forward to the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum in May where we plan to launch the results of our 2017 survey, as part of the Forum proceedings. This survey has a new feature on gender issues in energy access, results of which we are eager to share with you. We are also excited to announce that the UN Foundation will be co-hosting two Partner Working Sessions at the Forum. The first session will explore the need and opportunity to strengthen engagement between the energy access and health communities to improve health outcomes. The second Partner Working Session will convene members of the Mini-Grids Partnership to discuss how the clean energy mini-sector can address some of the key barriers holding back the sector through better collaboration and coordination. We hope to see many of our EAPN members there – please follow this link to register for the Forum, if you have not done so already.

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As always, we appreciate and value your collaboration, and I look forward to meeting and working with you!


Ruchi Soni

Manager, Energy Access

United Nations Foundation