wPOWER ANNUAL PARTNER GATHERING

COLLABORATION FOR IMPACT:

CAPTURING INSIGHTS AND HIGHLIGHTING BEST PRACTICE

 

Date: December 6th, 2017 

Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Venue: Hotel Royal Orchid Azure, Lantana Road, Nairobi

 

EVENT CONTEXT

This wPOWER partner event comes at a time when there is a greater emphasis and recognition on designing gender-sensitive programs across the energy supply chain. However, these are often bereft of knowledge on best practices available on the ground. What has succeeded so far? Who has achieved scale? wPOWER’s three strategic priorities on building evidence, sharing best practices, and advocacy will underpin the conversation for this event. Accessing appropriating financing to achieve scale, is also a challenge that many organizations face. What are best business models out there to achieve social impact and financial returns? 

This event will be anchored on partner participation.  In the morning, we will want to hear from you.  What are your success stories (to celebrate of course!) and what are your current challenges.  Partner insights will  facilitate the sharing of ideas among the participants. In the afternoon, we have organized a unique workshop that will give the participants an opportunity to interact with investment experts. During this session, they will share  strategies and insights on key elements of what a ‘bankable’ social enterprise model looks like and ideas to overcome financing challenges.

We are excited to bring this event to you to interact with fellow wPOWER partners to strengthen professional ties as well as explore opportunities for greater collaboration.

See you in Nairobi!!

 

SESSION STRUCTURE

The day will feature:

  • Opening remarks by Linda Davis, PhD, wPOWER Strategic Partnership Director  who will present an introduction  wPOWER Partnership and event.
  • Two moderated discussions featuring wPOWER partners highlighting successes and challenges from organizational experience.  This panel discussion should not involve any PPTs or pre-prepared remarks.
  • A financing workshop where partners will learn from financing professionals on principles of fund raising best practice.
  • A networking reception at the end of the formal program.

 

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks

  • LINDA DAVIS, Ph.D – Director of Strategic Relationships wPOWER

 

9:30 AM: Panel Session 1: Partner Experience

Moderator: RUCHI SONI, Program Manager, wPOWER

Questions for discussion for Panel 1 & 2:

  • How does your organization include women at every stage of your value chain?
  • Sharing your top three successes, what advice would you give to other organizations who are looking to increase the participation of women?
  • What are the three biggest challenges you have faced in your organization?

Panelists:

  1. CLAIRE BAKER, Director of Development, LIVELYHOODS 
  2. RONNY NYADGURE, Project Manager Cookstoves and Business Incubation, PSK 
  3. JOHN ODIDA, Regional Sales Manager, PAMOJA LIFE 
  4. DR. EMMY WASIRWA, Founder and CEO, WANA ENERGY SOLUTIONS 
  5. GODFREY SANGA, Program Lead, ENERGY 4 IMPACT 
  6. KRISTINE PEARSON, CEO, LIFELINE ENERGY

Q&A Session for Panel 1

Event attendees: Group Photo

11:00 AM: Morning Coffee Break

11:30 AM: Panel Session 2: Partner Experience

Moderator: SIMON KIRAGU, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, wPOWER.

Panelists:

  1. SEBASTIAN WICHMANN, Head of Partnerships, PAWAME 
  2. BINAGWAHO GAKUNJU, Kenya-EU Project Coordinator, SOLARKIOSK 
  3. ABBY MACKEY, Grants & Impact Manager, SOLAR SISTER
  4. ANYA CHERNEFF, CEO, EMPOWER GENERATION
  5. LYDIA MUCHIRI, Snr.  Gender and Energy Advisor, Practical Action (Eastern Africa Regional Office)
  6. JULIUS MUJUNI, Country Coordinator, ENVenture

  Q&A Session for Panel 1 and 2 

 

01:00 PM: Lunch  Break

2:00 PM: Morning Session Recap

Rapporteur: TINDI SITATI, Communications Officer, wPOWER

2:10 PM: Financing Workshop

Moderator: CHRIS ROE, Manager, GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT INCUBATOR (GDI)

Presentation 1: State of the off-grid market & understanding capital options

REZA FAZEL, Project Leader, OPEN CAPITAL ADVISORS

The off-grid solar sector has seen impressive growth over the past 5 years and is proving to be highly effective for enabling sustainable access to basic electricity services for under served populations. With this advancement in the sector, financing is getting larger — but is still a bottleneck for further growth. By assessing capital need trends, sharing the current state of investment, and providing an insight into financial products, this presentation seeks to lay the foundation to off-grid financing and build an improved understanding of capital options in the sector.

Presentation 2: An alternative approach to human capital development

RAHUL BANSAL, Deputy Director, CLIMATE KIC

In the twenty-first century, knowledge has become a commodity due to its global availability through the internet; impactful education no longer needs to follow the traditional ‘classroom model’.  We need an interdisciplinary, action-orientated and holistic approach to nurturing the top talent to leverage new opportunities and access funding to scale them up.  

The current global challenges such as climate change, digitisation, energy access are complex and require a network of organisations and active change agents worldwide. Human capital and individuals are the lifeblood of this ecosystem, continuing to learn, create and disseminate new knowledge for the community. We need to educate, inspire and empower leaders and citizens to help them turn their ideas into impact and catalyse the creation of a low-carbon society.

Presentation 3: 

Case studies: Financing last-mile solar energy enterprises

Whilst there has been substantial growth in the market over the last five years, we have seen the financing conversation change. Equity investors are becoming more selective and debt financiers are less willing to take equity risk. In addition, we have seen new business models develop that differ from the first round of solar companies. This presentation highlights two case studies of companies who have successfully raised funding with two different business models. 

SHELMITH THEURI,  Investment Officer, SUNFUNDER

 

2:45 PM: Breakout Groups

Discussion questions:

  • What is the status of your fundraising efforts?
  • What challenges are you facing?

 03:00 PM: Afternoon Coffee Break

03:15 Group reports: 5 mins each

4:00 PM:  Panel Session 3:  Interactive Financing Discussion

Panelists:

  1. REZA FAZEL, Project Leader, OPEN CAPITAL ADVISORS
  2. RAHUL BANSAL, Investment Advisor, Climate – KIC
  3. SHELMITH THEURI,  Investment Officer, SUNFUNDER

 

5:20 PM Closing Remarks

 

DR. LINDA DAVIS, Director of Strategic Relationships, wPOWER.

5:30 PM: Networking Reception

COMMUNICATIONS

This session is open to media and will be live-streamed on wPOWER social media channels. A communications toolkit, including live-stream details and draft social media posts, link to the live-stream will be shared with all speakers made before the event.



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