Energy for refugees and host communities

Inducing real change for displaced people

Lab debate
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
09:00 to 10:15

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are 25.4 million refugees worldwide. Many live in camps where they lack access to energy services, some for many years. In these situations, the humanitarian response becomes a form of long-term development. Humanitarian organisations are committed to improving the living conditions in refugee camps. However, their financial and technical resources are limited. This panel will discuss the possibility of market-based approaches implemented by a variety of development partners, taking into account practical examples of successes. It will raise the question of how humanitarian organisations such as UNHCR can work through such alternative delivery models and how development and humanitarian sectors can learn from each other.

Organised by


Dean Cooper
Market Development Manager - Energy
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Tracy Tunge
Practical Action
Sixtus Odumbe
Project Lead Advisor - Renewable Energy (Refugees)
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Thomas Fohgrub
Head of the Coordination Unit for the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement
United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Glada Lahn
Senior Research Fellow
The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House