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2020 marks the last year of the Green and Inclusive Energy program, a five-year-long lobby and advocacy program of Hivos, Energia and IIED in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under the ministry’s Dialogue and Dissent program, alliances were forged with civil society organizations in Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Nepal, Myanmar, Central America, and at international level. Together we contributed to policy change and increased investments to the benefit of decentralized people-centered energy systems that meet people’s energy needs and create economic opportunities for women and men while mitigating climate change.

Now that we are at the end of the five-year program, we celebrate the achievements of the consortium and the lasting improvements in lobby and advocacy capacities of our partners.  

Below we highlight a selection of facts and key results and publications. 

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Facts & Figures
  • 46

    46 civil society organizations and IIED, Energia and Hivos were involved in the program, all increased their lobby & advocacy capacity

  • 107

    107 times CSOs succeeded in creating space for agenda setting, influencing the debate and/or creating space to engage

  • 20

    20 policies were implemented for the benefit of green and inclusive energy systems

Created space for civil society

Created space for civil society

A crucial outcome is that CSOs have gained recognition by governments in all countries and at global level. Partners are engaged in national and sub-national policy and budget development and review processes, something that will continue beyond the lifespan of the program. 

In Tanzania, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals invited program partner Tanzania Consumer Advocacy Society (TCAS) to nominate three prospective members to the Minister to become part of the Rural Energy Board.

In Zimbabwe the Climate Change Department under the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement nominated partner Action 24 to represent CSOs in the National Adaptation Plan Committee.

In Indonesia, collaboration was strong with various ministries, most notably the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection who showed strong interest in the model villages in Sumba and Central Java based on L&A interventions by gender partner KPI. 

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Increased quality reporting by media

Engaging with media including individual journalists, was an important strategy of the program. Journalists put topics on the agenda, steer the debate and enhance transparency and accountability. The program supported independent journalism in different ways; from organizing training and fellowships to opening doors to (inter)national platforms and high-level experts.

As a result, we have seen a growth in quality reporting on energy related issues. A couple of by the program trained journalists have gained recognition by receiving awards and one journalist saw his reporting being discussed in Malawian parliament. Moreover, this work has contributed to the recognition of the program and its partners and the overall uptake of the program’s messages.

Adopted new policiesincreased finance

Adopted new policiesincreased finance

Another crucial outcome is that government have adopted policies to make energy systems more green and inclusive and increased their budget allocations for decentralized renewable energy solutions

In Central America, the Heads  of States of the SICA region and their eight Ministries of Energy signed an agreement with Hivos and partners to become the first developing region with 100% energy access

In Kenya, joint advocacy on the reinstatement of VAT on clean cooking and solar products, made the Ministry of Energy commit to collaborate with CSOs to compel the Kenyan government to repeal this VAT. 

What we do

What we do

ensures that women and girls have control over their lives and are able to participate actively in social, political and economic domains. It is about realising true equality for men and women.

Including women's energy 

needs in Tanzania

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Special focus on gender

Special focus on gender

Building on Hivos/ENERGIA’s extensive track record in gender and energy, partners gained capacity in improving the position but also the leadership of women regarding energy services, finance and policy. 

In Indonesia, stakeholders confirmed that the gender narrative is one of the critical success factors of the program, both in terms of popularizing the topic of decentralized renewable energy (DRE) and mainstreaming gender at policy level. 

In Tanzania, civil society partner TANGSEN provides training to the Energy Ministry, energy institutions, district level governments and the private sector to integrate the energy needs of women in their planning. 

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Read more about how partners increased capacity on gender equality. 

Hivos and partners have been frontrunners in putting DRE on the societal and political agenda. The tailor-made capacity strengthening of partners, cultivated the overall effectiveness of the lobby and advocacy work, and increased visibility and trust of CSOs in the energy domain.

Together we have made important strides towards achieving green and inclusive energy for all. Nonetheless, a lot still needs to be done to achieve SDG7 by 2030. That’s why our, now former, partners will continue their work, striving for equal distribution of renewable energy.