Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Location: Royal Orchid Azure Nairobi, Kenya
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 P.M.
The wPOWER Annual Partner Gathering “Collaborating for Impact: Capturing Insights and Highlighting Best Practice” brought together 15 partners and attracted a total of 41 participants from government, academia, civil society and the private sector. This event came at a time of great emphasis and recognition on designing gender-sensitive programs across the clean energy supply chain. It was anchored on partner participation and discussions on successes, partner experiences and challenges faced. In addition, panel discussions provided a platform for partners to interact with investment experts. wPOWER’s three strategic priorities on building evidence, sharing best practices, and advocacy underpinned the conversations.
During this event we unveiled wPOWER’s 8 Principles of Best Practice in building a gender-inclusive sustainable energy sector. Participating partners were in consensus that these principles had the potential to scale energy access and increase engagement of women in clean energy entrepreneurship.
Watch and share our flagship video highlighting best practices to scale energy access here.
Additionally, wPOWER officially announced available opportunities for women to undergo mentorship under a newly formed mentorship program.
What the Partners Had to Say About the Event
- “Last-mile distribution of clean energy products and services to rural, unserved markets can be a lonely and demanding work. SOLARKIOSK is fortunate to be a part of the wPOWER platform to showcase our commitment to building partnerships with women to achieve universal access to clean and affordable energy for all, but most importantly, to share experiences and best practices with a wide variety of partners in this group. We look forward to leveraging on the momentum created by the annual partner gathering to create more linkages to collaborate for impact going into 2018 and are continuously grateful for the support provided by wPOWER to our efforts.” Binagwaho Gakunju, EU Project Coordinator, SOLARKIOSK
- “As someone who’s been in the renewable energy space in Africa for 20 years, it was awesome to hear more about the progress and innovation underway in Kenya. Kudos to wPOWER for putting folks together to learn and share.” Kristine Pearson, CEO, Lifeline Energy
- “The power of wPOWER shone through during this inaugural annual partner gathering: so many incredible innovators and leaders in the women in energy field, all gathered in one place, with one common goal.” Claire Baker, Director of Development, LivelyHoods
- “The event was a great opportunity to learn about other organization’s work and challenges in supporting women empowerment in the energy sector as well as develop new relationships for potential partnerships in the future.” Nathalie Rami, Africa Programmes Director, Energy 4 Impact
- “I got the opportunity to be a part of the wPOWER partner event. It was one of the most informative, captivating and interactive lessons I have been a part of. Women play an extraordinary role in keeping the families together and functioning. The learnings & key insights gained will continue to inspire Pawame to be a social innovator through women in our society. I got a whole host of new contacts and people I’ve come to know who I can contact should I need their area of expertise! I enjoyed being part of this experience. Looking forward to many more this year.” Anne Njathi, Marketing Director, Pawame
- “I learnt about the “Global Distributors Collective” and the “Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)” that I am planning to subscribe to be a member. Being my first wPOWER meeting to attend, I felt great to be part of the network.” Godfrey Sanga, Program Manager, Energy 4 Impact
- “It was great to hear from and to meet so many new-to-me inspiring women leading last-mile energy distribution companies at the wPOWER event.” Anya Cherneff, Executive Director, Empower Generation