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Power Up coalition member Ashden has urged greater support for frontline clean energy organisations, As the Africa Climate Summit draws to a close. The event in Kenya featured new finance pledges in a range of areas. But wealthy nations are not yet meeting past commitments to the Global South. 

Chhavi Sharma, Ashden’s Head of International Programmes, said: “It’s been an exciting and positive few days in Nairobi. But the woeful lack of finance for climate solutions in Africa won’t be tackled in a single summit.  

“Global North funders must step up with consistent, long-term support – and all parties must make sure this finance reaches frontline organisations.  

“New ways for debt financing to help small and medium-sized enterprises grow will bring clean energy and other benefits to Africa’s marginalised communities, such as rural villages and refugee camps. Smarter climate finance can spark development and economic growth where it’s needed most.” 


Speaking up on energy access 

Before and during this month’s event, coalition members highlighted the benefits of investment in energy access. Read and watch highlighted media coverage below. 

Daily Nation: Clean energy the way to go for our farmers 

The Star: Faith leaders should support clean energy 

DW: Africa’s first-ever climate change summit 

The Nation: Training is key to boosting access to clean energy