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Published on: 17 September 2020 | Changed on: 21 September 2020

On 17 September 2020, the Access to Modern Energy (AME) programme launched. This programme gives people in emergency situations quicker access to sustainable and modern energy. AME is a partnership between 14 humanitarian and development organisations and other sectors and private-sector companies.

Access to Modern Energy

Access to sustainable and modern energy is vital to social well-being and economic development. But how do you create an accessible, safe and sustainable supply of energy for displaced people? The AME programme helps humanitarian and development organisations simplify access to modern energy. The programme does this through cooperation with other sectors and private-sector companies. By using an innovation model, AME supports ambitions, resources, expert knowledge and capacities for humanitarian innovations with a global impact. Together with their partners, the aid organisations are developing an action plan known as the Joint Impact Plan. Experts in renewable energy offer support by means of workshops and individual guidance.

Call to action

Marriët Schuurman, Director for Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, launched the partnership during the online event Focal Point Café on Access to Modern Energy. During this event, Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, spoke as Senior Advisor for Private-Sector Partnerships at UNHCR. He talked about the importance of public-private partnerships in emergency aid. Thomas Fohgrub from the Global Plan of Action talked about the international importance of innovative cooperation.

After this call to action, 14 emergency aid organisations submitted new projects for the AME programme. All 14 emergency aid organisations now taking part are working from the Netherlands. They are:

  • Médecins Sans Frontières,
  • CARE,
  • Dorcas,
  • Habitat for Humanity,
  • Kaalo,
  • Mercy Corps,
  • Mercy Ships,
  • Oxfam Novib,
  • Plan,
  • Save the Children,
  • the Netherlands Refugee Foundation,
  • Tear,
  • UNICEF, and
  • ZOA.

Would you like to know more?

AME is an initiative of the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency acts on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Would you like to know more about the AME programme? Please, visit the Access to Modern Energy (AME) page on the DCHI website.