About the moving energy initiative

The Moving Energy Initiative (MEI) is a collaboration between Energy 4 Impact, Chatham House, Practical Action Consulting, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The project seeks to meet the energy needs of refugees and internally displaced persons in a manner that reduces costs; is safe, healthy and respectful; also benefits host countries and communities; and, where possible, creates opportunities for income generation and knowledge transfer to tackle energy poverty and sustainability.

The main elements of the project are:

Data and research
We will continue to generate and collect data throughout the duration of the project in order to demonstrate the costs and benefits of energy interventions.
Publishing
We want to make the MEI's findings available to everyone, so we will continually publish our research findings, survey data, toolkits for practitioners and other resources.
Investment fund
We will set up and manage an investment fund that makes loans to groups and agencies proposing to invest in sustainable energy projects.
Pilot projects
We will conduct three pilot projects in Burkina Faso, Kenya and Jordan to encourage a ‘learning by doing’ approach in the sector. These schemes will demonstrate new approaches to delivering positive benefits for both refugee and host communities.

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