SEforALL Newsletter - September 2018
Sustainable Energy for All has announced plans for the next SEforALL Forum in Spring 2020 in Africa. Africa is a strategic choice due to the unique challenges – and vast opportunities – that Sub-Saharan Africa faces in reaching Sustainable Development Goal 7 objectives. The 2020 event also marks a major political milestone with 10 years to deliver on all of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. In June 2019, we will also bring together partners and key stakeholders in the Netherlands for an intensive set of planning meetings (Chalets) to help scale momentum to 2020.
Ajaita Shah has seen firsthand how women outperform other retailers in selling solar products in rural areas of India. Her company, Frontier Markets, has also eclipsed financial and growth benchmarks. Yet, she struggles to raise money. New research shows that Shah’s experience is all too common among women-led startups. Our story looks at the gender finance bias issue and steps for improving the situation.
The new SEforALL report, Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All, quantifies the enormity of the cooling challenge in Africa. The report also highlights the vast opportunities and benefits of providing sustainable, efficient and affordable cooling for vulnerable populations. Food security, safer vaccines and protection against more extreme heat are just some of the benefits. We explore the topic further in a column published in AspireAfrica.
In our new partner spotlight feature, we take a closer look at SEforALL Delivery Partner Iberdrola, a major utility company based in Spain. We spoke with Agustin Delgado Martin, Chief Sustainability Officer and Innovation, Sustainability and Quality Director, about the company’s work on SDG7 and their importance for all of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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