Women’s Energy Entrepreneurship Workshop: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs and Scaling Access to Energy

Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) held the Women’s Energy Entrepreneurship Workshop in collaboration with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) on February 14 – 16th 2017 at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

The event brought together nearly 100 people from 14 countries in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, and Europe to discuss best practices and key challenges for scaling women’s entrepreneurship in the household energy sector globally. Over the course of two and a half days, practitioners, researchers, policy makers, donors, and entrepreneurs from over 65 organizations came together to share the latest research, innovative approaches, and technological solutions that the sector is employing, and a significant amount of time was dedicated to strategic discussions to understand the critical gaps that remain and how the sector can work towards advancing energy entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment.

‘For women to make the transition to a low carbon economy, clean energy technologies must be made available and affordable, globally’ said Wanjira Mathai, Director, wPOWER.

Following the workshop, GACC will work with wPOWER partners to publish a summary of the findings and recommendations from these strategic discussions that can be shared more broadly and used to enhance the sector.