All Things New at Shine: A Note From the Director

Dear Shine Community, In the three months since I joined this wonderful community, I have been challenged and inspired as I’ve listened, learned, and become acquainted with our history and collective work. I am excited about the many opportunities this historic moment presents and aware of the challenges that we face, together. In the meantime,…

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Everjoice Win Named Executive Director of Shine Campaign

International Women’s Rights and Development Leader to Head Campaign to Increase Investment in Clean, Renewable Energy for Last Mile Communities   WASHINGTON, D.C. June 2, 2021 – The Shine Campaign named international women’s rights and development leader, Everjoice Win, as its new Executive Director. A collective of values-driven donors, investors and advocates from the philanthropic…

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Empowering Women to Power Communities

By: Ajaita Shah, Chinenye Anekwe, and Makoma Lekalakala   Safe hand washing and stocking the fridge with supplies may seem commonplace to those facing the COVID-19 pandemic, but for many people the world over these are luxuries beyond their reach. The basic safeguards experts recommend to combat the spread of the virus display the vast…

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Women Leaders Call For Action In Response To COVID19

An opinion piece by  Shine Steering Committee members Sheila Oparaocha (ENERGIA) and Ajaita Shah (Frontier Markets) along with Elizabeth Cecelski (ENERGIA), Rabia Ferroukhi (IRENA), Dymphna van der Lans (Clean Cooking Alliance), Irene Giner-Reichl (GWNET), and Monica Maduekwe (ECREEE)   Women are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. They need modern and affordable energy to keep up the…

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Africa Could Power a Green Revolution

By William Minter, Editor of AfricaFocus Bulletin This article was originally published in Foreign Policy in Focus on December 5, 2019.   Just before this year’s global climate summit opened in Madrid recently, researchers announced that emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels will hit a record high in 2019. Although the 0.6 percent rate of…

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Financing Innovations To Support Last Mile Distributors

By Emma Colenbrander, Head of the Global Distributors Collective   Products like solar lights, solar home systems and improved cookstoves and fuels are an important piece of addressing energy poverty, particularly in last mile markets. These products—and other beneficial household products like water filters and agricultural tools—enable progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals more rapidly…

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Despite Record Investments In Electricity Sector, More Commitments Needed To Reach SDG 7 By 2030

In October Sustainable Energy for All (SEForAll) released their 2019 Energizing Finance Report, a two-part report series that shines a light on financial investments in the electricity sector between 2015-2017. Overall, the report showed that while the sector is experiencing all-time high investments, commitments are still well below what’s needed to achieve universal energy access by…

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Five Bold Ideas to Accelerate Finance for Energy Access

By Alexia Kelly, CEO of Electric Capital Management and co-chair of LEDS Global Partnership Finance Working Group. Across Africa, India, and other regions of the Global South, there is an urgent need to mobilize funds into the distributed clean energy sector to provide access to clean, affordable, reliable energy for the 850 million people who live in energy poverty. Mobilizing…

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Financing The Future Global Climate Divest-Invest Summit: Day Two In Review

The Shine team at the Financing the Future Summit (L-R: Mark Correnti, Dwayne Linville, Emira Woods, and Rev. Fletcher Harper)   Day 2 – Cape Town, South Africa The Financing The Future Global Climate Divest-Invest Summit came to a close today. Leaders from faith-based institutions, governments, NGOs, foundations, academia, environmental, social impact investing, healthcare, social enterprise…

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Catalyzing Community Action Against Coal in Kenya

A key strategy of the Shine Campaign is championing solutions that lift up the vision and values of energy access enterprises and leaders. This case study in effective community action comes from Shine partner American Jewish World Service and their grantee deCOALonize, which comprises 13 local, national and international organizations committed to keeping the coal…

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SEforALL Charrettes Look for Solutions to Speed Up Progress Toward SDG7

Following the GOGLA Annual General Meeting, the Shine Campaign continued its week-long trip to Amsterdam by participating in Sustainable Energy for All’s (SEforALL) Charrettes. Shine partner SEforALL brought together nearly 200 participants to address specific challenges and identify solutions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) at the intensive two-day sessions. At its current pace…

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Shine Campaign joins GOGLA, participates in Annual General Meeting

Shine Campaign leaders attended GOGLA’s Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam this week.  Established in 2012, GOGLA is the global member association for the off-grid solar energy industry. The association, of which Shine is a member, works to build sustainable markets for the delivery of quality, affordable products and services to households and communities across the developing world, including…

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Committed to Clean Energy Access for All

By the Shine Campaign   There are few things more important for a community’s well-being than reliable, affordable access to energy. With over a billion people still lacking access to electricity and 2.8 billion people still reliant on kerosene, wood, crop waste, and dung to cook and heat their homes, the need is dire. Electricity…

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Africa’s True Liberation Beckons

Africa’s True Liberation Beckons

Africa Liberation Day on, Saturday May 25, has been celebrated for over 5 decades. It represents a clarion call to the continent as her diaspora demands complete political and economic freedom. This year, with Mozambique facing devastating cyclones, Darfur and other regions in the Sahel zone ravaged by increasing desertification, water shortages threatening a “Day…

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REEEPing the Benefits of Access to Clean, Affordable Energy

Sharing Shine’s commitment to putting last mile communities first, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has signed on as the campaign’s newest partner. REEEP envisions a world in which everyone, regardless of income, has access to affordable, low carbon energy services that empower economic development and mitigate the effects of climate change. Their programs…

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Shine Partner WRI Shares Lessons Learned From Sustainable Investing Journey

In an increasingly resource-constrained world, sustainable investing is critical to protecting the environment – and business profitability. Shine partner World Resources Institute (WRI) recently took a hard look at how they could better align their endowment investments with their environmental mission. The results are revelatory and make a compelling business case for sustainability. As WRI board member David Blood notes,…

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Empowering a Brighter Future for Families

Today marks the annual observance of the United Nations’ International Day of Families. This global commemoration highlights the importance that the international community attaches to families and their role in development. The theme for 2019 – Families and Climate Action – focuses on families, family policies and major SDG13 targets for climate change mitigation, adaptation,…

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NREL Emerging Markets Conference

Shine attended a productive Emerging Markets Conference this week in Denver, Colorado. Hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the conference brought investors, startups and industry leaders together to highlight promising clean energy solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in emerging economies. Event sponsors included USAID, represented by Lala Faiz, Director of…

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Earth Day

While today is Earth Day, yesterday – Easter – was the most important day of the year for Christians.  It was a day to celebrate new life and the unstoppable power of compassion. The lead-in to Easter, however, is much harsher.  Good Friday serves as a reminder about the danger of indifference in the face…

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Rise and Shine

While today is Earth Day, yesterday – Easter – was the most important day of the year for Christians.  It was a day to celebrate new life and the unstoppable power of compassion. The lead-in to Easter, however, is much harsher.  Good Friday serves as a reminder about the danger of indifference in the face…

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Catalytic Collaboration Sets the Stage for Scaling Energy Access in Emerging Markets

A catalytic collaboration with IKEA Foundation and SunFunder made possible the first close of the Solar Energy Transformation (SET) Fund. The first-loss capital from Shine Campaign co-founder IKEA Foundation, was indispensable in enabling SunFunder to leverage $42.5m in commitments. “The IKEA Foundation is granting SunFunder €5.4 million [$6.1m USD] because we believe that helping families access renewable energy will enable them to afford a better everyday life while…

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Shining Bright in 2019

Things are looking bright for Shine in 2019 as we kick off the new year with some exciting news about our campaign growth and leadership. During the past year, the campaign’s growing number of partners have committed more than $200 million to the clean energy access field. This remarkable, rapid success demonstrates that Shine’s unique approach…

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Frontier Markets Joins Shine Steering Committee

450 million rural villagers in India do not have access to a stable energy supply.  Villagers are demanding more than the occasional lighting. They want reliable power, appliances and quick service. With current income levels varying between one to five dollars a day the need for a stable electricity supply to create income generating opportunities…

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CEFA Onlus Joins Shine Campaign Steering Committee

Shine is pleased to welcome CEFA Onlus as the newest member of our campaign Steering Committee. CEFA Onlus, founded in 1972 in Italy by a group of agricultural cooperatives related to the Christian Workers Movement, is an NGO that specializes in integrated rural development. Strongly committed to international solidarity and voluntary service, CEFA’s mission is…

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Show Me The Money

SEforAll has done us all a big favor with its second annual review of the financial picture for achieving universal access to energy. Their new Energizing Finance is out and the news is not good. Development Banks are meant to finance development, and the first step in development is a steady and reliable source of…

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Shine Campaign Welcomes PYXERA Global as a New Partner

For nearly 30 years, PYXERA Global has facilitated mutually beneficial partnerships between the public, private, and social sectors worldwide to create social impact projects that inclusively and sustainably enrich lives and livelihoods. They are committed to curating a world class integrated community development and sustainable supply chain programme focused on alleviating energy poverty. The Shine Campaign is…

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Bhumi Project Report

Bhumi Project Looks at How Religious Institutions in India Are Addressing Energy Access

The Bhumi Project’s latest report, authored in partnership with GreenFaith, the Shine Campaign and EPG Economic and Strategy Consulting, is a first-of-its-kind look at how Indian religious and spiritual institutions are implementing renewable energy solutions. More than 200 million people in India still lack access to electricity. This energy poverty has devastating impacts on community…

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Solar Sister Commitment

Solar Sister Commits to Reach 10M With Clean Energy

Solar Sister envisions a brighter world powered by women entrepreneurs. Women’s rights, climate justice and energy justice are intersectional issues that need integrated solutions. Solar Sister believes women are a key part of the solution to the sustainable energy access and climate change challenge. This is why we invest in women’s enterprise and leadership in…

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Shine at Global Climate Action Summit

From San Francisco to Switzerland, The Shine Campaign has a whirlwind of activity planned for the fall! We’re starting it off at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), where leaders from across the globe will convene to showcase climate action and inspire deeper commitments in support of the Paris Agreement. Shine is taking part in…

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Energy Peace Partners Commits to Innovative Finance Solutions

Energy Peace Partners leverages economic and climate solutions to support peace in places affected by violent conflict. We believe that a paradigm shift toward climate-sensitive development can deliver enduring benefits to the 850 million people across 27 countries – primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia – who have limited access to…

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Home Solar Systems and How New Incomes are Spent

For African rural households who get access to electricity via solar power for the first time, it can be a life-changing experience. What, if any, are the affects? If they have extra income, what do they spend it on? We’ve read a few studies recently that gave us some answers. Last week GOGLA released a…

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LOVE FOR LIFE Commits to Target Last Mile Populations

LOVE FOR LIFE is a Berlin-based non-profit organization founded in 2014. Our mission is to create conscious, sustainable change to empower people and to protect nature. The Organization does this through its three complementary spheres of action: Consciousness Work, Direct Action, Building Life-Sustaining Systems. Within the Direct Action sphere, LOVE FOR LIFE implements social and…

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ICSD to Expand Faith Inspired Renewable Energy Project

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development works to catalyze a transition to a sustainable, thriving, and spiritually-aware society through the leadership of faith communities. ICSD reveals the connection between religion and ecology and mobilizes faith communities to act. ICSD manifests these goals primarily through four projects. The Faith Inspired Renewable Energy Project is described below.…

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It is Vital to Invest in the Future of Clean Energy for All

How can one of the world’s largest religions harness its collective power and its enormous capital to end some of the world’s ills? That’s the central question that was tackled by impact investors and Catholic leaders from around the world as they convened in Rome to explore how the Catholic Church and other faith-based institutions…

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Shine Campaign Seeks US$200M by 2020

The Shine Campaign is off to an ambitious start. We announced US$100 million in money committed to solving energy access by 2030 at our launch in Lisbon in May. Our next plan is to reach US$200 million to the field by 2020. Among our many activities, Shine was featured in Development Finance. In an interview…

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Empower Generation and Pollinate Energy to Impact 1M+ People

Pollinate Energy (now merged with Empower Generation) brings life-changing products to the millions of people living in economic and energy poverty in India’s city slums and Nepal’s remote villages. Our long-lasting solutions include products such as solar lights, clean cookstoves, medicated mosquito nets and more – all aimed at improving the health, safety, quality of…

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The Opportunity That Sits in Front of Us

To end energy poverty, Shine is bringing faith communities together, empowering local communities and engaging new partners as one voice around renewable energy access. Shine Campaign Director Lisa Jordan sat down with Will Brent from one of our partner organizations, Power for All, to talk about the Campaign’s vision. “We have plummeting prices for new…

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How Energy Access Can Impact Peace and Justice?

Nights can be dark for the tens of millions of people uprooted by conflicts or natural disasters around the world. For those who live in vulnerable conditions, the importance of electricity and lighting is a critical necessity – it represents security, health, education and an improved quality of life. Fragile states, countries that play host…

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Eliminating Energy Poverty Can’t Be a Fad

The Shine Campaign was officially launched during the final day of the Sustainable Energy for All Forum at the Convento de Beato in Lisbon, Portugal. Comprising over 35 civic organizations worldwide, Shine is a unique coalition of partners from the faith, philanthropic, finance and development communities. In the run up to the launch new campaign…

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Shine Campaign Launches to End Energy Poverty by 2030

Campaign partners commit to increase energy access and meet the vision of Sustainable Goal 7: Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. 3 May, 2018 (Lisbon, Portugal) – A global campaign on energy poverty, Shine: Investing in Energy Access for All, was officially launched during the final day of the Sustainable Energy…

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IKEA Foundation Commits to the Shine Campaign

The IKEA Foundation’s mission is to create substantial and lasting change by funding holistic, long-term programmes in some of the world’s poorest communities that address children’s fundamental needs: home, health, education and a sustainable family income, while helping communities fight and cope with climate change. We believe that strategic grantmaking can help communities transform their…

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WEA Commits to New Initiative to Green Its Footprint

Serving 600 million evangelicals through its network, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), is the second largest historic Christian organization in the world. Present in 129 countries through national WEA Alliances comprised of member churches, ministries, and organizations, the WEA is motivated to help its members experience and share the truth and love of Jesus’ Gospel.…

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OikoCredit Commits to Investments in Renewable Energy

Oikocredit is a worldwide cooperative with over 40 years in social impact investing. Its mission is to enable low-income people to sustainably improve their living standards. Since Oikocredit was founded in 1975, it has supported over 1,800 partner organizations with € 3.3 billion. Oikocredit established a dedicated renewable energy unit in 2014. Renewable energy is…

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Brahma Kumaris Commits to Scale Energy Access

Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937, it has spread to over 120 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO. As part of its mission Brahma Kumaris seeks to share experiences and developed…

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Wallace Global Fund Commits 1% of Investments and $1M Annually

The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. We believe in transformative change that challenges governments to put people over profit, and we support social movements that advance climate…

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