Launched in 2017 by the Wallace Global Fund, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), IKEA Foundation and GreenFaith, and supported by the Charles Stewart Mott and DOEN Foundations, The SHINE Collab brings together an international network of climate and renewable energy advocates, experts and funders engaged in efforts to divest from fossil fuels who are committed to promoting energy alternatives that would redirect investment to serve people and the planet. Defined originally as a campaign, between 2017 and 2023, The SHINE Collab built its network, convened conferences and workshops, advocated and provided small grants to energy innovators and projects.  

Our driving principle and belief is that decentralized renewable energy systems are fundamental to create a Just Energy Transition. 

In 2023, The SHINE Collab was renamed to reflect a strategic emphasis on community-driven renewable just energy solutions, supported through transformative cross-sectoral partnerships. Today, it is led from the African continent, mobilizing partnerships, resources and bold advocacy in support of women-led, community-based renewable energy enterprises and organizing initiatives that enable gender just and climate just solutions, including country programs in Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

There is a triple threat to our people and planet that demands urgent, bold responses: inequality, climate change and energy poverty. The realities of these threats and their impacts are well known:

      • The climate is in dire crises, with climate impacts on people and ecosystems more widespread and severe than expected, increasing climate vulnerabilities among those very populations that suffer the highest energy access deficits.
      • We are failing at delivering universal energy access – 675 million people still lack access to electricity, 84% of them in Sub-Saharan Africa.
      • Gender justice and the global advancement of women’s status has slowed, and disparities have widened across countries. This inequality is exacerbated by two facts: the lack of energy access is starker when viewed through a gender lens and an estimated 80 per cent of people displaced by climate change are women.

Despite these known realities, there are few players and funders operating at the energy, gender and climate nexus. This is where Shine comes in. Shine is leading innovative, unusual and multidisciplinary partnerships elevating energy access within the broader advocacy of the Just Transition and demonstrating that decentralized renewable energy access initiatives enable gender just climate solutions.