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Stay abreast of the latest news from the energy sector and GVEP’s activities.

Off-grid village of Ihalula, Tanzania

The global Smart Villages initiative has launched its Energy Innovation Challenge for young entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers in East Africa, aimed at supporting ideas for distributing or implementing existing technologies or for developing promising new technologies for energy generation or storage in off-grid villages. GVEP International will be part of the judging panel.


A new manual designed to support organisations in empowering women micro-entrepreneurs, small enterprise owners, and sales agents who work in the household energy sector, is now available.

A new ground-breaking initiative, launched with support from the UK’s Department for International Development, is seeking to meet the energy needs of refugees and internally displaced people in a manner that is safe, healthy and reduces costs.

Eight energy companies and winners of the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for the Caribbean are coming together on 17th March in Kingston, Jamaica, to celebrate their achievements and share the lessons learned from the implementation of their innovative ideas promoting energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in the region.

Mrs Diallo using her new machinery to tranform her agricultural produce

An increasing number of businesswomen are joining their male counterparts in developing new energy markets in rural Senegal and providing much needed energy products and services to remote communities. In a bid to support women’s entrepreneurial spirit and encourage their economic empowerment, GVEP and SEM Fund are working with women in Tambacounda and Kédougou to strengthen their skills and overcome gender-related barriers.

Alphonsine receives an award from the Rwandan Minister of Trade and Commerce

Women’s active participation in the energy sector is bringing power to many off-grid communities throughout Rwanda. Nyirahabimana Alphonsine is one such entrepreneur who has taken advantage of the country’s sunlight to provide her community with alternative phone charging solutions.

Drying briquettes at the iCoal Concepts Ltd factory

Four GVEP supported businesses launched crowdfunding campaigns throughout January and February 2015, with help from the Kenya Climate Change Innovation Center (KCIC).

Solar phone charging outlet in Mwanza, Tanzania

Millions of people in rural Tanzania own mobile phones but have no easy way to recharge them. GVEP is helping entrepreneurs in the Mwanza region use solar energy to meet the increasing demand for electricity.

Juabar solar phone charger

Juabar, a company that leases solar charging kiosks to a network of entrepreneurs in Tanzania, is crowdfunding to raise $15,000 in order to build and deploy an additional 20 kiosks, train new entrepreneurs, and to prove out their operational model.

Women using improved cookstoves in Tambacounda, Senegal

GVEP International and SEM Fund are joining forces to increase women’s participation in the energy market in Senegal and make sustainable energy available to the poorest communities.