The Training of Trainers (ToT) Course on Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneuership

The first ToT Course on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship was organised by the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute, University of Nairobi.

26 participants drawn from wPOWER Partner organisations – Green Belt Movement, Care International, Solar Sister, Swayam Shikshan Prayog and Women for Women International participated in the training of Trainers Course.

The first Training of Trainers Course on Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship report.


The wPOWER Hub 2013/14 Annual Report

Message from the Directors

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to present to you the wPOWER Hub’s 2014 Annual Report.   It has been an energizing year for the Hub as we continued to structure and scale up the Hub in order to build the evidence base on women’s leadership in clean energy and climate change.

We all know that the global demand for clean energy is growing as an exponential rate.   Today, more than 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity, and at least 2.7 billion people lack access to clean cook stoves and fuels. While not the primary source of climate pollution, inefficient lighting and cooking contribute negatively to climate change, personal health and the degradation of natural resources. In off-grid communities, women are the primary users of clean technologies like solar lamps and clean cook stoves and are at the forefront of adopting the use of new technologies. We are proud of the strides we made this year in working to unlock this largely untapped potential of women and women’s groups.

We hope the pages of this report will inspire you.  In it you will read about the successes we have had in setting up of the wPOWER hub, recruitment of staff, the development of an holistic curriculum in clean energy technologies and entrepreneurship, the hosting of a training of trainers course in Nairobi, the clean energy technology exhibition and the exciting and inspiring community exchange visits.

The growth of the Hub in this first year has been inspiring. We look to 2015 with renewed confidence and buoyed by the centrality of the clean energy discourse globally today.  The role of the wPOWER Hub remains ever so critical and we are committed to ensuring that 2015 is even more enriching for our partners.

We welcome you to celebrate with us as you read through the pages of the 2014 Annual report.  Thank you for your continued commitment and interest in the work of the wPOWER Hub.

Wanjira Mathai – wPOWER Hub Project Director

Prof Kiama Gitahi – wPOWER Hub Academic Director

The wPOWER Hub 2013/2014 Annual Report

The wPOWER Hub 2013/2014 Flash Annual Report

Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions through Women’s Empowerment

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves recognizes that women have critical roles to play across the entire clean cooking value chain, and has explicitly prioritized women in their mission to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cookstoves and fuels. This Report Guide outlines common challenges and best practices for engaging and empowering women in each segment of the clean cooking value chain by examining highly successful case studies in which women play lead roles. By using this Report Guide practitioners will be equipped with both an understanding of why women have a critical role to play, how to involve them, and the myriad of benefits that come when unleashing women’s potential. Enterprises will experience the bottom line impacts of leveraging women’s talents, and households and communities will directly benefit from the social and environmental benefits from sustained adoption of these life-saving solutions.

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What motivates women to buy? Full Report

This research study looks at gender drivers of demand for improved cookstoves in East Acholi, Uganda. In that area, biomass accounts for 91 percent of total energy used and 97 percent of rural households have no access to grid electricity; energy poverty is a central challenge.

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