Africa Coalition for Sustainable Energy & Access (ACSEA), is an alliance of various organizations drawn from the Civil society organizations, Business/Private sector, academia and research institutions engaging in renewable energy work across the continent of Africa. The coalition has 42 institutions from all over the continent, with a leadership team comprised of 14 member institutions representing gender, youth, academia and private sector.
The African Parliamentarian Network on Climate Change (APNCC) is also part of the leadership team but as an ex-official. ACSEA is currently hosted at the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance secretariat.
Africa continent’s energy demands met through low carbon and sustainable decentralised energy access to the poor.
To build a strong movement of like-minded organizations to influence for investment in renewable energy as well as for poor people living in rural communities to have access to clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy
- To carry out energy related Policy research and analysis in order to inform our advocacy work.
- To create a strong movement of organizations working on, or interested in, engaging with policy/advocacy work at the local, national as well as continental level.
- To influence national governments as well as strategic regional development bodies such as the African Development Bank (AfDB) to prioritize policies that will secure investment in the sustainable energy sector as well as improving access to energy by the energy poor communities.
The Africa Climate Change & Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Award recognizes African journalists who have excelled in climate change and environmental journalism. It seeks to encourage constructive environmental reporting focus in African media, both at the policy formulation and implementation level and at the level of public awareness and participation in environmental protection and preservation
The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA) is a stable PACJA’s dynamic and innovative strategic intervention plan. It is a driving force to the already existing training and reward schemes, but, also ensure sustainability of the capacity building project.
Sterling effort in environmental coverage
There was a need of encouraging display of knowledge on core concerns and especially on climate change and its impact on diverse populations in such areas as livelihood, energy, food production, energy production and use as well as keeping children in school, among several other concerns of cardinal proportions and need for more deliberate and proactive education of journalists on environmental policies and global standpoints.
The annual selection of TAAFA candidates is simple: Journalists entering the ACCER Awards Competitions are selected in the preliminary stage, called finalists stage. These journalists automatically qualify to attend the Academy (TAAFA) which is held prior to the Awards Gala Night where the Winners would be announced.
To help transform this training into TAAFA, PACJA seeks partnership with relevant organizations to host the participants for a longer period, and to bring additional experts as resource persons for the training process.
This study is published as part of the project “Promoting Agriculture, Climate and Trade linkages in the EAC – Phase 2” (PACT EAC2). Led by CUTS International Geneva in collaboration with CUTS ARC Nairobi, the project aims to build the capacity of individuals, networks and institutions to identify and promote appropriate policies for climate-aware, trade-oriented, food security-enhancing agro-processing in the EAC region.
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Energy is considered as the engine room of economic growth and development. Energy availability, affordability and accessibility remain at the core of Africa’s development challenges. The energy crisis is turning back the hand of the development gains so far made. With the continent that is very rich in fossil fuel, the demand for transition to low-carbon development pathways is perceived differently by different stakeholders especially those in the energy and economic growth circle vis-à-vis those who are clamoring for a switch to cleaner energy.
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