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In Sub-Saharan Africa access to electricity in rural areas stands at 25% compared to 75% in urban areas. Up to 595 million people still do not have access to electricity in a season where many people are required to stay at home due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. According to GSMA, 50% of these people have mobile phones that need to be charged for them to stay informed on the measures governments are taking to control the spread of Covid-19.

In March 2020, the Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE TAF) published a Handbook on Gender and Social Inclusion in the Off-Grid Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. To share practical aspects of GESI with stakeholders in the off-grid sector, ACETAF decided to organize a webinar series in West Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa. The first webinar with speakers from West Africa was held on 23 April 2020 and attended by participants from Africa and beyond. The second webinar took place on 14 May 2020 with speakers from the Southern Africa region sharing their unique GESI experiences. The two webinars drew over 120 participants from different countries across the globe.

ACE TAF will host the third webinar on 25th June 2020 at 2.30pm East African Time(EAT). Speakers drawn from East Africa will discuss how GESI has been integrated in the off-grid sector.

To register for the next webinar, please click here

Download the presentations from the West African Webinar here

Download the presentations from the Southern Africa Webinar here


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