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Press release: Bringing renewable energy to refugees

Across the world some 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict and violence, and the number is growing. Many of them move to towns and cities but many of them also end up in camps. Access to energy is a basic human need – and one that helps vulnerable people to re-build their lives and seek out the dignity they deserve.
The seventh sustainable development goal commits the world to providing affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Yet at the moment, refugee camps across the world are home to millions of people, of whom 80% do not have access to reliable sources of energy for cooking, heating and lighting and only 11% have access to decent lighting – according to a recent study published by Chatham House
Wood is mostly used for cooking, kerosene or torches for lighting, while the limited services of humanitarian agencies are normally powered by dirty and polluting diesel generators. Outside the camps, which is where most refugees live, the energy access challenges mirror those of the host populations, and the extra pressure put on finite resources and infrastructure create tensions and problems.
The Moving Energy Initiative (MEI) is working to solve these problems. The MEI is a collaboration between Energy 4 Impact, Chatham House, Practical Action Consulting, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).The MEI is looking to support projects ranging from 50,000 to 200,000 GBP that can be implemented in Kenya in or around the Kakuma refugee camp. These will be demonstration projects and should ultimately show that they are sustainable and can be scaled.
This call for proposals is open to all organisations who believe they have a solution to offer and can meet the project criteria, including organisations that are already active in the target region. Partnerships are encouraged, particularly between the private sector and not for profit and humanitarian organisations.
An application form and more information can be found from
Please note that this is a two stage application; first stage is to be submitted by 25th February,2017. Selected candidates will be requested to submit the second stage applications by the end ofMarch 2017. The projects are expected to start by May 2017.