ICENECDEV with Support from United Nations Foundation join The SAFE Humanitarian Working Group a consortium of humanitarian agencies and NGOs whose mission is to facilitate a more coordinated, predictable, timely, and effective response to the fuel and energy needs of crisis-affected populations.
ICENECDEV join the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy Workshop 2019 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia between July 29th and July 30th 2019.
The Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Workshop is an annual training event of approximately 60 participants which strengthens the knowledge and capacity of actors who provide – or are interested to provide – fuel and energy solutions to refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and other vulnerable populations.
Energy access is a critical and under-served need among displaced and crisis-affected people worldwide. Consequently, there is a critical shortage of well-trained, coordinated, and qualified staff who design, implement, and evaluate energy projects in humanitarian settings. The Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Workshop is an annual training event of approximately 60 participants which strengthens the knowledge and capacity of actors who provide – or are interested to provide – fuel and energy solutions to refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and other vulnerable populations. It is also designed to facilitate productive partnerships between humanitarian and non-humanitarian actors through peer learning.
The 2019 SAFE Workshop is a joint production of the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Working Group and the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement (GPA). It is hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Shell International, and the IKEA Foundation.
Energy access is a critical and need among the 131 million people in need of humanitarian assistance today. Safe and accessible fuel is needed to cook the dry foodstuffs provided by humanitarian agencies and reduce the exposure of women and girls to the risk of gender-based violence during firewood collection. In the absence of adequate shelter, energy is needed to maintain acceptable temperatures. Electricity is needed for community services such as public lighting, water pumping and treatment, mobile phone charging, cooling of medicine and vaccines, and powering health clinics. Simply put, energy access impacts food security, nutrition, health, protection, shelter, telecommunications, and other key aid sectors. (Read more)
However, current energy practices in situations of displacement are often insufficient, inefficient, unsafe, expensive for displaced people, and harmful to the surrounding environment. An estimated 80% of displaced people living in camps are cooking with biomass fuels such as firewood and charcoal, and 90% have no access to access to electricity.
Since 2014, the Clean Cooking Alliance and other members of the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group have hosted annual SAFE Workshops to build the capacity of humanitarian field practitioners in terms of incorporating effective energy strategies and programming into their work with displaced people, as well as increasing their expertise on available energy technologies and alternative fuels. (Read about the 2017 SAFE Workshop here.)
As the humanitarian energy community grew and diversified between 2016 and 2018, the SAFE Working Group recognized a growing demand for coordinated action and strategic discussions in SAFE Workshops. To meet this need, the SAFE Working Group and the GPA will launch a new event – the inaugural Humanitarian Energy Conference – in 2019 as the seminal forum for collaboration and coordinated action in this expanded community of stakeholders. As introductory training is still an acute need, however, the 2019 SAFE Workshop will precede the conference to provide foundational knowledge about humanitarian energy access for those who are new to the topic. In contrast to previous years, the 2019 SAFE Workshop will be limited to participants who are new to this topic and/or have never attended the event before (see Eligibility Criteria below).
Both the SAFE Workshop and the 2019 Humanitarian Energy Conference are hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance, in its capacity as co-chair of the SAFE Working Group, and UNITAR as the host of the GPA Coordination Unit.
The primary objectives of the SAFE Workshop are to:
- Introduce the concept of safe access to fuel and energy (SAFE) and why it is needed in humanitarian settings;
- Discuss how energy impacts other aid sectors, including health, protection, food security, and others;
- Highlight key features of working in humanitarian settings, including an overview of core principles, standards, and how humanitarian situations differ from normal market or development contexts;
- Discuss key challenges in providing energy access to crisis affected people;
- Teach best practices and principles for deciding when, whether, and how to intervene with an energy solution.
- Direct participants to public tools and resources where they can find additional information.
The secondary objective of the SAFE Workshop is to promote mutual understanding and trust between participants from different sectors. Participants will benefit from exposure to each other’s varying perspectives on the issues under discussion, thereby increasing their understanding and appreciation of each actor’s unique challenges and contributions. This should facilitate faster and more effective cross-sector collaboration in the future.
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