Innovative finance for low-carbon development in Africa

GVEP International has just published a Policy Briefing on innovative finance mechanisms and how they could be used to scale up investments in low carbon
technologies in Africa...

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Global Energy Challenge - deadline extended

Deadline for submissions to The Global Energy Challenge ”Advancing Change - Energy for India’s Poor” has now been extended to 31st March, 2010.

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New IDEAS to sustain renewable energies in Central America

26 projects have won funding of up to US$200,000 each to develop their concepts in the 2009 IDEAS Energy Challenge. Jointly sponsored by GVEP International,
GTZ, IDB and the...

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GVEP International is ‘social’ networking

Here at GVEP International we’re developing our online presence. We are now on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, Delicious, StumbleUpon and LinkedIn.

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Briquettes: a more affordable fuel and a profitable business for small entrepreneurs in East Africa

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Christopher Cleaver, Mechanical Engineer, reports for GVEP International, from the market town of Ranen, Kenya, where he is conducting a study on briquettes.

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Jatropha plant power

GVEP International investigates the potential of Jatropha to improve livelihoods in Zambia where 96% of rural households survive on less than 1 USD per
day.

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World Bank launched consultations for improved access to energy

The World Bank has launched online consultations for the World Bank Group Energy Strategy.

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Financial Opportunities: SSI, the FGEF’s Small-Scale Initiatives Programme

Are you working on biodiversity protection and climate change in Africa? Your project may be eligible for an FGEF grant!

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Can innovative government procurement help to scale up the market for sustainable briquettes?

Briquettes are a viable and low cost alternative to charcoal use for cooking. Research by GVEP International shows that they are competitively prices in many places in Kenya but quality varies and awareness of the technology is still low. There are many local entrepreneurs making briquettes out of charcoal waste, agricultural residues or sawdust. Could governments effectively scale up this market and help the entrepreneurs by increasing demand for the product? Governments could mandate institutions that currently use charcoal to source an increasing amount from briquettes in the future. Thereby the government could even save money and promote an environmentally friendly and a cost-effective technology. Could this approach work and what support would be needed to make it work? Would the charcoal industry lobby be too strong to achieve such a government policy? Let us know your thoughts.

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