Renewable energy for refugees final conference

The final conference to celebrate and learn from the Renewable Energy for Refugees Project (RE4R). 

Research event
17 March 2022 — 9:30AM TO 6:00PM
Chatham House and Online

Starting in 2017, RE4R has provided energy access to more than 60,000 refugees, with the aim of building on the project’s implementation in Rwanda and Jordan through learning, evidence and advocacy to “re-shape the humanitarian response”. See here for more information on the project and partners. To mark the end of the project, speakers during the conference will examine the overall humanitarian energy landscape, as well as unpack findings from within the project. 

Why attend? 

  • Look back over the last 4 years to identify if there has been a change in the way humanitarian agencies are addressing energy for displaced people. 
  • Unpack the impact of the PracticalAction global activities and the lessons learned, see the processes followed and the decisions taken.
  • Understand what obstacles remain in the way of delivering better, and more sustainable, solutions. 


Thursday 17 March (GMT – timings subject to change)

Energy access for the displaced: where do we stand?

  •  Looking back over the last 4 years, has there been a change in the way humanitarian agencies are addressing energy for displaced people? 
  • What are the new innovations spurring change? Where have we seen the most progress in recent years? What are the broad trends in displacement that make providing energy access more challenging? 
  • How can we ensure that displaced people benefit from the ‘greening the blue’ agenda?  

Networking break


Making energy markets work in Rwanda

  • What does building a market in humanitarian settings involve?  
  • What are the context-specific factors that make building energy markets in Rwanda possible, and what are the challenges?  
  • What can future energy projects and strategies learn from your experiences in Rwanda’s displacement settings?  



A new wave of urban energy interventions to benefit refugees and host communities

  • What have the recent wave of urban energy interventions taught us about delivering joint benefits to displaced people and host communities?  
  • What obstacles stand in the way of delivering better, and more sustainable, solutions?  
  • Based on the experience in Jordan, what would you advise for energy improvement initiatives in other urban displacement settings? 

Networking break


An agenda for 2022

  • What initiatives, developments or policies have delivered the greatest benefits, and what hasn’t worked? How can this be applied for the next decade as we move towards “greener” aid? 
  • What do we want to see from the key moments of 2022?  
  • If we were to succeed in reshaping the humanitarian response to energy and environment – what do things look like in 2030? 
  • SDG 7 is calling for universal access to sustainable energy for all people. How can we make sure we achieve this goal also for refugees and other displaced persons? 



Close of conference


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