11-13 MAY 2010 - ONLINE FORUM

Access to modern energy services is a catalyst for progress across the spectrum of development priorities, including economic growth and improved education and health. Currently, over 2.4 billion people worldwide have no access to safe, clean, and reliable sources of energy. Enterprise-based delivery models hold great promise to meet the needs of these underserved populations in a sustainable, scalable and commercially viable manner. One key component to such approaches is access to appropriate forms of enterprise and consumer financing.

Please join us on May 11-13, 2010 for a Speakers Corner online forum to discuss energy and microfinance and explore how microfinance may help increase access to modern energy services. Hosted by Jeffrey Haeni (USAID/Energy) and Carissa Page (USAID/Microenterprise) and facilitated by an expert panel, the discussion invites participants to share their own experiences, questions and comments in the online discussion forum:

Day 1 Tuesday May 11: Current Status and Successful Models
Facilitators: Ellen Morris (Arc Finance), Jacob Winiecki (Simpa Networks).

Day 2 Wednesday May 12: Opportunities and Challenges
Facilitator: Phyllis Kariuki (GVEP International).

Day 3 Thursday May 13: The Path Forward: Scaling Up
Facilitators: Jennye Greene (E+Co), Jacob Winiecki (Simpa Networks).


For more information and free registration, visit the Microfinance and Energy Speakers Corner Event.

Please send questions to speakerscorner at microlinks.org

Speakers Corners are a monthly feature of the U.S. Agency for International Development's microLINKS Website.