ACCIONA.ORG IN ETHIOPIA
acciona.org works in Ethiopia since 2014, within the setting of the projects developed in partnership with the Technical University of Madrid's Innovation and Technology for Development Centre (itdUPM), Iberdrola, Signify, and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) to bring sustainable energy solutions to the Shire refugee camps, in the north of the country.
This so-called Alianza Shire is the First Public-Private Partnership for Humanitarian Action in Spain.
THE HUMANITARIAN SETTING IN ETHIOPIA
- Ethiopia is the second country in Africa with the largest number of refugee population. According to the latest data published by UNCHR, it takes about 900,000 displaced people in.
- Within this humanitarian context, it has been one of the first countries in adopting the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (September 2016); it promotes a better support for refugees and host countries focusing on the idea of inclusion.
- Given this inclusive setting, the access to basic services for refugee population and host communities is essential for the Development of these people.
- In energy services, Ethiopia has a high number of population without access; for instance, 12.5 million people have no access to electricity and, in percentage terms, it is highest in the rural areas. Below the data of access to energy are included:
ACCESS TO ENERGY IN ETHIOPIA. SOURCE: SE4ALL AFRICA 2016
Alianza Shire brings electricity to refugee camps in Ethiopia05/29/2017 Ethiopia
The Spain Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Iberian America presented this partnership together with the representatives of its members: Iberdrola, Philips Lighting, the ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID), the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).