GVEPGlobal Village Energy Partnership
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(2009)"'Cookstoves and Markets: Experiences, Successes and Opportunities." A GVEP International Report.
GVEP International, based in London, is a non-profit organization that advises off-grid energy businesses, in order to reduce poverty through accelerated access to energy.
For his part, CEO of GVEP, Ben Good, commented: The technical assistance arrangements that GVEP/INENSUS are designing with the Bank, has the potential to add significantly to the pace of progress in the GMG sector in Africa.
In Senegal, GVEP, in partnership with SEM Fund, is leading on the implementation of two
So far, GVEP has assisted two mini-hydropower projects to carry out technical site assessments, feasibility studies, business plans and financial modeling with funding from the Russian Government through the World Bank.
With a growing office and additional staff, GVEP will be in a good position to facilitate this market and contribute significantly to access to modern energy in the country.
With additional financial backing from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and USAID, GVEP is now able to offer business and technical training for small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs.
In partnership with Azuri, the leading experts in low-cost solar technologies and recent Ashden International Awards winners, GVEP will spearhead the distribution of pay-as-you-go home lighting systems to remote off-grid regions, which are currently un or under-served by existing grid technologies.
With this new machine acquired with the grant, alongside GVEP s support, he has trained 462 individuals in briquette production across the Coast region.
For the last five years, through its Developing Energy Enterprises programme, GVEP has supported businesses operating in the biomass briquette sector in East Africa.
Rehema Kahurananga of GVEP International, Africa regional office said, "Projects would be expected to apply for carbon revenues, performance based connection grants, Tanzania Energy Development Assistance Programme credit line and other private investments which would contribute to the overall project financing."
GVEP International's regional manager for Africa James Wakaba said, "Projects also need to complete environmental impact assessments and have proper financial structuring."