On Thursday 29th of October, a number of topical side events organised by conference participants will be held. Please see below for more information on what you can expect on the day.

Powering Humanitarian Relief: Deploying Small-Scale Lighting and Power Solutions in Emergency & Long-Term Settings

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Hosted by the UN Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, and in cooperation with GOGLA, this side event aims to showcase the relevance of high quality decentralised energy solutions for lighting in responding to crises involving refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and those affected by natural disasters, and discuss best practices as exemplified by members of the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) consortium. Learn more here.

Lighting Global Quality Assurance Program Stakeholder Meeting

Lighting-GLOBAL.(On-White)An interactive meeting for stakeholders interested in discussing the Lighting Global Quality Assurance Program. After a brief update on the status of the program, there will be a focus on key topics of interest. Several members of the Lighting Global QA program will participate in the discussion and be available to answer questions.

Global LEAP Off-Grid Appliance Programs: Overview and Q&A

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The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) – a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative led by the U.S. Department of Energy – is leading efforts to facilitate the development of a robust, competitive global market for high-quality, super-efficient off-grid appliances. Learn more here.

The Price of Clean and Safe Light for life – sustainable alternative to fuel-based lighting

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The objective of the proposed session is to call the audience to focus on opportunities to transition to modern light within a “Clean and safe household energy” context. The speakers will present substantial and persuasive evidence of the compelling needs for modern lighting which implies implementation of sound policy mechanisms to create a level playing field in the market. Learn more here.

Power Africa Beyond the Grid: Partners Meeting

PowerAfrica_Tweaked_Logo_v01Power Africa Beyond the Grid is convening its partners for an invitation-only partners meeting. Partners will discuss the streamlined BTG strategy and implementation plan for the next 12-18 months, and share new tools and resources. Partners will also share their experiences (barriers, successes), trends, and outlook for the next 1-3 years. Learn more here.

A useful guide on managing currency risk for CFOs and Investors in the off-grid energy sector


This side event by responsAbility in cooperation with Persistent Energy Partners provides finance managers and investors with practical tips on how to measure and manage currency risk in Distributed Energy Service Companies (DESCOs). We look at the FX risk from the companies’ perspective as well as from the perspective of equity and debt investors. We discuss FX risk hedging options and explain how to assess the costs versus benefits of such strategies. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with a general outline of an FX risk management framework and practical recommendations that addresses the specific exposure of DESCOs. Learn more here.


Lessons driving mobile-enabled PAYG: GSMA

GSMA logo for websiteIn 2013, GSMA with the support of the UK Government launched the Mobile for Development Utilities programme, to accelerate the uptake of mobile technology to support energy, water and sanitation access, and to deliver information to encourage market growth. With over $10M allocated to over 30 organisations in 20 emerging markets, the M4D Utilities Innovation fund is supporting many of the leading PAYG companies as they grow their businesses. Find out more about the current state of our portfolio and what they have learnt over the last 2 years. Learn more here.

Results Based Financing in the Off-Grid Lighting Sector

snv hi-resThe side event will give a realistic overview of the current status of Result Based Financing (RBF) as a market development instrument in the off-grid lighting sector. First evidence of success will be presented and the private sector, together with donors, financiers and practitioners will also assess the potential of RBF as a new instrument for wider and scaled dissemination in energy sector market development. Learn more here.

Introducing the Off-Grid Solar Scorecard

University of Edinburgh logoCome and join the launch of an exciting initiative scoring off-grid solar products according to their repairability and recyclability. The Off-Grid Solar Scorecard aims to improve the design of solar products to make them easier to disassemble and fix or dispose of their component materials in a safe and responsible manner. Learn more here. 

Understanding Off-Grid Energy Customers – Research, Collaboration & Learning

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This event is targeted at those interested in learning more about off-grid energy customers, and the ‘demand side’ of energy access. UNCDF will present planned research into the ‘energy ladder’ – the journey customers go on after they buy their first solar product or service – and seek input on how to make this as useful and relevant as possible to stakeholders. Participants will have the chance to briefly share their own plans for customer research over the coming year. Learn more here.