To build an energy system that is sustainable and people-centered by connecting citizens (consumers, producers, sellers) with pioneers and changemakers to develop prototypes for sector change, gather evidence and share ideas.
Tanzania and globally
Tanzania’s energy sector is in transition, with promising developments in energy financing, policy, and entrepreneurship. But investments in the grid and in fossil fuels dwarf efforts to provide energy in remote areas and scale-up decentralized models. Hivos wants to ensure this transition will deliver reliable renewable energy, new job and enterprise opportunities, and sound investment of gas revenues for the public good without threatening the environment. For this greener, people-centered energy system, we need skilled leaders, new ideas, and progressive partnerships between people and sectors.
The Hivos and IIED Energy Change Lab started in 2015. The lab is an open space, hub or platform where local stakeholders in and outside the energy sector convene to find ways to increase accountability and job creation in the energy sector, and broaden decentralized energy distribution. This involves creative thinking and prototyping around innovative approaches and business models. In addition, learning and leadership programs for young people help them capitalize on the energy transition’s opportunities, and the Lab conducts research to build evidence and support its prototyping work. It shares these findings to benefit sector-wide learning and stimulate dialogue in energy forums in Tanzania and globally.