A debate with rural leaders, the private sector and scientists
1.3 billion people currently do not have access to electricity and 3 billion people are without clean cooking facilities: these are the people who have been left behind. Many are women and young people. Global initiatives such as SE4ALL are crucial, but there remains a significant gap between the goal of universal energy access by 2030 and the present rate of progress. What is the role of the EU? Will energy access alone ensure that people around the world have better lives? Can technology transfer transform the lives of the “bottom billion”?
This debate will be co-hosted by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the Smart Villages Initiative, an initiative based in Cambridge, UK focusing on energy and development. In this interactive, inclusive, and engaging session, participants will discuss and debate development policy and energy.
- Eliza Anyangwe, Freelance writer and Founder, TheNzingaEffect.com
- Soma Dutta, Programme Coordinator Women’s Economic Empowerment, Energia International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy
- Bernie Jones, Co-leader, Smart Villages Initiative
- David Lecoque, Policy and Business Development Officer, Alliance for Rural Electrification
- Tri Mumpuni, Executive Director,People Centered Economic and Business Institute (IBEKA)
- Martin Saning’o Kariongi, Director General,Institute for Orkonerei Pastrolists Advancement