From the Network – May 2018

Dear Friends,

The UNF team and I returned from the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum in Lisbon earlier this month, where we had the pleasure of meeting and highlighting the work of many of our Energy Access Practitioner Network members.

Our presence at the Forum covered a spectrum of energy access issues, both on stage and behind the scenes. We hosted and participated in number of sessions, including those around mini-grids, energy and health, and energy and humanitarian issues, to name a few. We also screened the Powering Health Care video – “Phoebe’s Story’’ that tells the powerful story of Phoebe Akiiki, midwife and assistant-in-charge at Kigambo Health Centre in western Uganda. The video’s debut coincided with UNF’s newly-developed Powering Health Care website, which serves as a resource and a hub for practitioners interested in the nexus of energy access and health care, with a focus on knowledge-sharing and advocacy for access to energy in the health sector.

Most notably, we launched the results of our and are very thankful to all of you who participated. The Survey continues to serve as a great tool to better understand the challenges and opportunities faced by energy practitioners around the world. For those of you who were unable to join us in person, you can watch our launch event here and follow our twitter trail via #EAPNSurvey2017. The survey, for the first time ever, included a section on gender and energy issues, and we are encouraged by some of the results we saw. 40% of solution providers surveyed are either owned or led by a woman. While this number has increased from 30% as reported in our past survey, more needs to be done to accelerate and advance women into leadership in the value chain. One of the other key takeaways from the survey, which perhaps will come as no surprise to our members, is the massive gap that remains between available capital and the amount of financing required to scale up enterprises and support consumers. Don’t miss following our social media trail here for more such nuggets from the survey.

Finally, our newsletter this month shines a light on IKEA Foundation, that has been one of the strongest voices urging greater private sector involvement in humanitarian response. Hear more about their work in the energy access space  .

The Forum served as an incredible opportunity to further our shared goals around greater access to decentralized energy services in reaching communities and leaving no one behind. It was great to connect with so many partners and practitioners. By working together as a community, I know we can go further, faster!



Ruchi Soni

Manager, Energy Access

United Nations Foundation