20 of December 2017

SEforALL launches People-Centered Accelerator and new report

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and partners launched the new People-Centered Accelerator - a voluntary partnership led initiative that aims to advance social inclusion, gender equality and women’s empowerment in sustainable energy, contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

The Accelerator aims to gain and improve clean energy access for those who will not be reached by business as usual approaches. The Accelerator will focus on unlocking finance, both private and public, strengthening collaboration and connections between stakeholders concerned with energy, gender and social justice, and increasing women’s full participation in sustainable energy solutions.

To coincide with the launch of the Accelerator, a new report - Opening Doors: Mapping the Landscape for Sustainable Energy, Gender Diversity and Social Inclusionwas also released.

The report maps the global landscape of support for women and marginalized groups in sustainable energy across organizations, programs and policy that is already underway, including a focus on the 45 countries that are critical to meet SDG 7 targets. The landscape shows an active, but very fragmented agenda that provides an important foundation to grow and accelerate action on gender and social inclusion in sustainable energy.

The findings from the Opening Doors report will support the ongoing development of the Accelerator and its core workstreams: demonstrate and help scale-up sustainable access pathways for the most vulnerable and hardest to reach people; direct capital to gender-responsive and socially inclusive energy businesses to support faster delivery of sustainable access solutions; and empower women engaged in energy service delivery to achieve autonomy, authority, and decision-making power at work.

More information available here.

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