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|| Energy for Refugees and Host Communities - Inducing Real Change for Displaced People
||SNV, EnDev (implemented by GIZ and RVO), Hivos, Practical Action
|| Conferences & Exhibitions
- Energy Access
- Humanitarian Setting
|| Tour&Taxis, Brussels
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|| According to UNHCR, there are 25.4 million refugees worldwide. Many of them live in refugee camps for years, where they lack access to basic energy services like fuel for cooking. Humanitarian organisations like UNHCR and world food programme are committed to improve the living conditions in such camps.
However, their financial resources are limited. When precarious living conditions persist for years, the development sector comes into play. While humanitarian organisations often hand out aid supplies for free in emergency situations, development partners mostly pursue a market-based approach. What are the advantages of such an approach and how can it assure that no one is left behind?
These questions will be discussed in a lab debate during the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels by members of the Energising Development (EnDev) project and their partners. EnDev is an energy access partnership which is jointly implemented by the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and sponsored by the governments of six European countries.
EnDev is working on facilitating access to energy for refugees together with the British NGO Practical Action (PA), the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and the Dutch humanist foundation Hivos and other partners. Together, EnDev and the partners have implemented refugee energy projects in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.
In the EDD debate, speakers who have developed specific expertise in research, conceptual work and practical experience will exchange their lessons learnt on building energy market opportunities in displacement settings and discuss how the humanitarian and development sector can work together more closely.
The European Development Days are a forum organised by the European Commission that is taking place annually in Brussels. The 2019 edition has the overall theme of “leave no one behind”.