31st July- 1st August, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Humanitarian Energy Conference (HEC) is an annual global event, overseen by Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Working Group and the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement (GPA). Hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), it has support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Shell International, and the IKEA Foundation. The aim of the conference is to bring together humanitarian agencies, NGOs, development organizations, private companies, governments, funding entities, and researchers on a global level to work together to improve energy access for displaced and crisis-affected people.
The HEED project was granted a presentation slot during a side event as part of the HEC conference. The speakers at this presentation were Sandy Robinson (Scene), Melania Tarquino and Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen (Practical Action) and Paul Quigley (Independent Humanitarian Energy consultant).
Melania Tarquino, from Practical Action, said:
‘Despite a late time slot, we had a full room and an enthusiastic audience (around 30 attendants), and the event ran for an hour. Half of it was our presentation (including a background to the HEED project, components and interventions; a brief on the usability of the RERT tool, and a short discussion on the complexity of the decision-making processes for the humanitarian sector). The other half was a critical discussion with the audience, when they asked questions about the project and tool and gave us feedback.
The conference itself was very interesting, and the attendants especially enjoyed the networking and experiences exchange with other practitioners that work in similar contexts. Despite exchanging with many people, we could not find any other implemented project working on communal access to energy as ours, or at least not off-grid.
Hence, many people were interested in knowing about our experience, for example to keep the security of the systems and to create awareness in the community. This means that many of the positive and negative lessons that we will have learnt at the end of HEED will be really valuable for the sector, since it is clearly an innovative project.’
29th -30th July 2019
In addition to the Main Conference, Melania also participated at the SAFE workshop, which happened at the same place on the 29th and 30th July. This space was tailored to Humanitarian Energy practitioners to receive training and exchange experiences, which was extremely relevant for the HEED project, covering most of its phases and the challenges associated to each of them.