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REGIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ON PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
Adaptation and Resilience Building
Online via Zoom
24 November 2021 to
25 November 2021
Barsha Rani Gurung & Mayaju Maharjan
Organizers: ICIMOD, IRENA
Cost-competitive decentralised renewable energy (DRE) solutions, with their modularity and adaptability, provide a unique opportunity to reconcile energy, socio-economic development and climate objectives in Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). To this end, ICIMOD and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have been collaborating over the years to assess selected economic value chains in the region from an energy perspective, identify the gaps and potential actions for advancing renewable energy (RE) solutions, and understand the techno-economic feasibility of these solutions. One of our key priorities is to strengthen the capacity of value chain actors and enterprises to evaluate investment opportunities in renewable energy, prepare bankable project proposals, and access available financing products.
In this context, we are jointly organizing a workshop to build the capacity of the HKH region in renewable energy finance and business plan development, demonstrate the market opportunity to entrepreneurs and technology provides, and share best practices across countries.
The workshop is targeted at key stakeholders working in the region, as well as renewable energy and social enterprises, and renewable energy technology providers. The workshop will also invite participation from other stakeholders, including relevant government nodal agencies in the HKH countries; regional, national and local stakeholders involved in different economic value chains; development partners and financial institutions; and NGOs and philanthropic organizations.
Basanta Shrestha, Director, Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD
Gurbuz Gonul, Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships, IRENA
Discuss and deliberate with key stakeholders, including country officials, experts, entrepreneurs, technology providers, about (i) energy use, gaps and opportunities for RE in HKH region, (ii) DRE related policy developments in the region, (iii) demonstrating the market opportunity to entrepreneurs and technology provides, and (iv) share best practices across countries.
Session Moderator: Mewang Gyeltshen, Programme Coordinator, ICIMOD
Scene setting presentations (15 min each): ICIMOD and IRENA
Moderated panel discussion/Q&A
Session 2: Renewable energy finance and risk management
Scene setting presentation: Ali Yasir, Programme Officer – Decentralized Renewable Energy, IRENA
Introduction to IRENA’s project facilitation and support services
Introduction to training topics
Session objectives: Help catalyse accessible financing for end-users and enterprises in HKH by strengthening their capacity (i) to assess investment opportunities in DRE solutions, (ii) and to prepare bankable project proposals to access funding.
Session Moderator: Jennifer Ifeanyi-Okoro, Head – Technical Assistance, IRENA
Training topics to be covered:
Nand Kishore Agrawal, Regional Programme Manager-Interim, Adaptation and Resilience Building
Binu Parthan, Head of Regions – Country Engagement and Partnerships, IRENA