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GSR 2015

176 REFERENCE TABLES NAME BRIEF DESCRIPTION African Bioenergy Development Platform A platform launched by UNCTAD to help interested African countries develop their bioenergy potentials for advancing human and economic development through interactive, multi-stakeholder analytical exercises. African Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (ACREST) A centre established in 2005 for information, demonstration, awareness, production, and research on renewable energy and sustainable technologies in Africa. Its mission is to promote renewable energy technologies and sustainable technologies to improve people’s living conditions and to fight poverty. African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) A global multi-stakeholder platform to exchange information and consult about policies, technologies, and financial mechanisms for the accelerated uptake of renewable energy in Africa. AKON Lighting Africa An initiative launched in February 2014 that seeks to provide a concrete response at the grassroots level to Africa’s energy crisis and to lay the foundations for future development. It aims to develop an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity. Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) An international business association that represents the decentralised energy sector and works towards the integration of renewables into rural electrification markets in developing and emerging countries. It has more than 80 members along the whole value chain of DRE systems. Clean Energy for Africa (CLENA) A five-year action plan (2012–2016) to promote sustainable energy and alleviate energy poverty in Africa. Climate Technology Initiative Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN) A multilateral, public-private partnership initiated by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) in co-operation with the UNFCCC Expert Group on Technology Transfer. PFAN operates to bridge the gap between investments and clean energy businesses. It is designed to be an “open source” network to fit seamlessly with existing global and regional initiatives and to be inclusive of all stakeholders with an interest in clean energy financing. Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) A global partnership of 34 leading organisations, housed at the World Bank, that seeks to advance financial inclusion. It develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. CTI – Private Financing Advisory Network A network that identifies promising clean energy projects at an early stage and provides mentoring for development of a business plan, investment pitch, and growth strategy, etc. ENERGIA International An international network focused on gender issues, women’s empowerment, and sustainable energy. By early 2014, it included 22 organisations working in Africa and Asia. Energy Access Practitioner Network A 2,000-strong global network of businesses and non-profits operating in 170 countries that focuses on decentralised low-carbon household and community-level electrification. It supports innovative financial and business models in predominantly market-based applications that help address development issues such as income generation, health, agriculture, education, small business, and telecommunications. Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) A network oriented to address energy access issues and promote renewable energy technologies that reduce poverty. It mainly conducts workshops and publishes reports on energy and poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Global Renewable Energy Islands Network (GREIN) A network created to help islands accelerate their renewable energy uptake. It will serve as a platform for pooling knowledge, sharing best practices, and seeking innovative solutions for the accelerated update of clean and cost-effective renewable energy technologies in island states and territories. HEDON Household Energy Network A network aimed at empowering practitioners to unlock barriers to household energy access by addressing knowledge gaps, facilitating partnerships, and fostering information sharing. TABLE R24. NETWORKS FURTHERING ENERGY ACCESS: SELECTED EXAMPLES BACK

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