Modern Africa: A Symposium on Opportunities for Women in Energy and Water Access

  • Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014
  • On Wednesday, February 26, CSIS hosted a conference on women's access to water and clean energy in Africa. Practitioners, thought leaders, experts, entrepreneurs, and policy makers discussed and explored the opportunities in water-energy access in Africa, and gave examples of successful policies and entrepreneurial ventures that are helping to increase women’s participation in, and contribution to, the water and energy sectors in Africa. The panel sessions focused on removing barriers to women’s access to energy and water, and on harnessing opportunities at the water-energy access nexus through innovative social, impact, and for-profit investment models, and diaspora networks and platforms to establish business ventures and relationships that catalyze more investments.
    Panel discussions covered:

    Women's Access to Energy
    Women's Access to Water
    Harnessing Opportunities to Increase Access to Energy and Water through Partnerships and Innovative Investment Models
    and speakers included:
    Tim Boersma, The Brookings Institution
    Bill Carter, Ashoka
    Jennifer Cooke, Africa Program, CSIS
    Leslie Cordes, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
    Alexander Dixon, The Aspen Institute
    Eric V. Guichard, Homestrings Ltd
    Maya Harris, U.S. Department of Energy
    Robert T. Healey, Jr., Healey International Relief Foundation
    Rachel Ishofsky, InnoAfrica
    Paula Jackson, American Association of Blacks in Energy
    Dr. Lawrence Jones, Center for Sustainable Development in Africa
    Richenda Van Leeuwen, U.N. Foundation
    Frank Verrastro, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
    1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
    2nd Floor Conference Room


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