SEforALL Forum – UN Foundation Events & Sessions


Day 1: April 3rd


Partner Working Session: Overcoming the Barriers to Clean Energy Mini-Grid Deployment

Time: 16:45 – 17:45

Partners: Energias de Portgual S.A. (EDP), Clean Energy Mini-Grid Partnership, UN Foundation

Clean Energy Mini-Grids have been proven as a fast, efficient, and cost effective means of providing sustained energy access to populations where distance from the grid is too large and the population density too low to economically justify a grid connection. Despite their commercial viability, the rate of deployment remains lower than what is needed to achieve SDG7. This session will address two of the main barriers impeding progress: the regulatory framework and financing.

Hashtags + Handles: @energyaccessPN, @minigridsHIO, #minigrids, #SEforALLForum


Partner Working Session: How Super-efficient Appliances can Change the Face of Energy Access

Time: 16:45 -17:45

Partners: Global LEAP, CLASP, UN Foundation

Panelists: Clare Boland-Ross, Rockefeller Foundation; Marcel Raats, EnDev; Munawar Moin, Rahimafrooz; Seth Silverman, Factor[E]

Appliances are a rapidly increasing focus in sustainable development – particularly the role they play in expanding energy access and delivering the modern energy services that transform lives and livelihoods. This can be seen from emerging policy models in East Africa and South Asia, to interest in innovative off-grid appliance developers by impact investors, to benchmarking energy service levels against appliance usage via the Multi-Tier Framework and to new programmatic and market development investments. Join Global Lighting Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) partners – including CLASP as the operating agent and the United Nations Foundation – in an interactive discussion of emerging trends in off- and weak-grid appliance markets, progress to date, and what’s to come.

Hashtags + Handles: @UNFoundation, @energyaccessPN, @CLASPappliances, @GlobalLEAPaward, #energyaccess, #offgrid

Day 2: April 4th

Plenary Session: Knowledge into Action

Time: 10: 20 – 11:20

Keynote speaker: Pete Ogden, VP of Energy, Climate & Environment at the UN Foundation

Leaders showcase the action they are taking to scale clean cooking and deliver energy services to all by integrating “traditional” power regulations with renewable, decentralized and wireless energy carriers.

Hashtags + Handles: @PeteOgden, @UNFoundation, @energyaccessPN, #energyaccess


Marketplace: EAPN 2016 survey launch at the SEforALL Forum

Time: 13:30-15:00

Panelists: Allison Archambault, EarthSpark International; Anya Cherneff, Empower Generation; Niki Armacost, Arc Finance

The Energy Access Practitioner Network at the UN Foundation showcases the latest energy access sector finding with the release of the results of their annual 2016 survey; keynote address to be made by Jem Porcaro, Senior Director of Energy Access at the UN Foundation. Long-time Practitioner Network members will join Jem on stage to react to and discuss some of the key findings of the survey. Panelists listed above.

Visit the booth to ask questions, meet with partners, and receive a copy of the survey publication.

Hashtags + Handles: @energyaccessPN, @UNFoundation, #EAPN2016survey, #energyaccess

Day 3: April 5th

Partner Working Session: Roundtable on Energy Policy in Africa

Time: 1:45 – 2:45 PM

Partners: Offgrid Electric, DBL Partners, UN Foundation

Offgrid Electric and DBL Partners to lead an impactful lunchtime discussion on policies affecting the energy sector in Africa. Join them and the UN Foundation to share insights and best practices for working with policy in order to increase energy access on the continent.

Hashtags and Handles: @energyaccessPN, @OffgridE, @UNFoundation


Partner Working Session: Power Healthcare: Making the Case for Greater Investment in Health Facility Electrification

Time: 15:00-16:00

Panelists: H.E. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health, Republic of Zambia; Nawa Raj Dhakal, Director, Alternative Energy Promotion, Government of Nepal; Gareth Martin, Sustainable Energy Team Leader, UK Department for International Development (DFID); Stefan Swartling Peterson, Chief of Health, UNICEF; Guy Rino Meyers, Health PSM Advisor and Focal Point for SolarforHealth, UNDP; Jem Porcaro, Senior Director, Energy Access, UN Foundation (Moderator)

Despite energy’s critical role in health systems, it is estimated that tens of thousands of health centers and clinics across the developing world lack adequate electricity and the health services it powers. The session will draw on the experiences of governments, donors and development institutions that are currently (or have previously been) supporting energy interventions in the health sector, to explore factors facilitating and constraining greater investment in health facility electrification in resource-constrained settings. The roundtable is intended to elevate this important, but often overlooked, issue within the sustainable development agenda, while helping to share experiences and successes that can help others facing similar challenges advance the energy and health nexus.

Hashtags + Handles: @energyaccessPN, @UNFoundation, #PoweringHealthcare, #energyaccess