Masdar Completes Inaugural Course in Rwanda to Empower Women to Tackle Renewable Energy Access in Off-Grid Communities

Masdar Completes Inaugural Course in Rwanda to Empower Women to Tackle Renewable Energy Access in Off-Grid Communities 

  • Inaugural offering of WiSER Cares, a new initiative launched by Masdar’s Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) platform to advance practical sustainability solutions that enhance community well-being
  • Course promotesgender equality and universalaccess to reliable clean energy, in line withUN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Launched in partnership with Energy Action Partners, ARC Power, and POWERHer
  • Provided immersive field-based training to 14 young women from WiSER and local community

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 26AUGUST 2022: Masdar’s Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) platform today completedits first field-based course in Rwanda to teachyoung women in rural off-grid communities to harness the potential of clean energy solutions, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 7 to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Launched in the Gatsibo district of Rwanda, the course, titled “Rural Energy Access: Designing and implementing inclusive community energy systems,”is the inaugural offering of WiSER Cares, a multidisciplinary initiative launched this year to engage WiSER Pioneers in on-the-ground learning experiences that promote sustainable communitydevelopment.WiSER Pioneers is ayear-long program, hosted annually since 2018, that offers women aged 25 to 35 access to bespoke educational workshops and global networking opportunities to inspire sustainability leadership.

Fourteen young women, including nine WiSER Pioneers and five Rwandan professionals, completed thesix-day WiSER Cares course, comprised of a series of lectures and hands-on projects led by global experts in renewable energy and sustainable development, with a focus on four core disciplines: 1) energy systems technology and service models; 2) energy access business models and financing; 3) community inclusion, social change and human development; and 4) climate adaptation.

“We are proud to offer the WiSER CaresRural Energy Access course as part of Masdar’slong-running effort to equipyoung women with the knowledge and skills necessary tolead their communities and the world in building a more sustainable future,” said Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Masdar’s Executive Director of Brand & Strategic Initiatives, and WiSER Program Director.

“Through a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes development ofpractical skills, strong technical fundamentals and realistic business models, WiSER Cares aims to facilitate productive cultural exchange andinspire participants towork together to achieve SDG 7 by accelerating the clean energy transition in rural off-grid communities,” added Dr. Fawwaz.

Experts leading the course includedCo-Executive Director of Energy Action Partners in Malaysia, Ayu Abdullah; Off-Grid Technical Advisor, Energy Action Partners in Rwanda, Ivan Asiimwe; Co-Founder and Team Leader of Love at Hands in Rwanda, Erica MatasiGateka; and Co-Director of Energy Action Partners and CEO of ClearSky Power, Boston, Dr. Scott Kennedy.

The WiSER platform was officially launched by Masdar and the Zayed Sustainability Prize on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 with the goal of inspiring women to play an active role in addressing global sustainability challenges.

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About Masdar

Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar is advancing the commercialization and deployment of renewable energy, sustainable urban development and clean technologies to address global sustainability challenges. Wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, our mandate is to help maintain the UAE’s leadership in the global energy sector, while supporting the diversification of both its economy and energy sources for the benefit of future generations. Masdar’s renewable energy projects are located in the UAE, Jordan, Mauritania, Egypt, Morocco, the UK, Serbia and Spain.

About WiSER

WiSER is a Masdar-led impact-focused platform dedicated to inspiring women and girls to play an active role in addressing global sustainability challenges. WiSER stands for ‘Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy’. The WiSER platform was officially launched on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s Renewable Energy Company, and the Zayed Sustainability Prize (ZSP) founded the platform, which is focused on the three core pillars of education, engagement and empowerment. WiSER strives to position women and girls of all nationalities as drivers of change and innovation, while ensuring that their voices are heard across the sustainability debate – whether on issues of policy, technology or business.

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