wPOWER Global Partnership Forum
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The wPOWER Global Partnership Forum to be held at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on the April 16 – 17, 2015.
The Global Forum aims to recognize and reinforce the pivotal role played by women in last-mile communities as leaders and champions of environmental sustainability. It seeks to advocate a partnership ecosystem that includes the technology developers, financial and the government as key players. Close to a 100 delegates representing a range of institutional stakeholders – technology developers, government representatives, CBOs and corporates from India, and other countries are expected to participate in this global partnership dialogue.
The wPOWER Forum seeks to facilitate one of its kind dialogues between international and U.N agencies, corporates, policy makers and grassroots women on entrepreneurial initiatives in clean energy and climate change. wPOWER and leading social enterprises will bring in changing perspectives on creation of eco-systems and effective networks. Key partners will share their insights on developing affordable innovations and improving access to technology finance and markets. Our closing panel will openly debate upon leveraging the growing women led networks involves, greater accountability of institutional stakeholders and shifts in policy making and resource allocation in the context of inclusive and sustainable development.
Conceived by USAID and implemented by SSP, wPOWER places rural women at the heart of the climate change agenda and is creating green economies in rural India and Africa. Launched in 2012, the program has been designed to empower rural women by honing their entrepreneurial skills, channel this entrepreneurial energy into a dynamic network of climate change leaders and leverage this network to improve access to affordable clean energy products, distribution systems and partnerships. As of December 2014, wPOWER has trained over 1000 rural women in India as clean energy entrepreneurs and reached close to a million potential customers in the rural hinterland.