19 April 2016
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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation's Energy Access Practitioner Network and the Arizona State University, is hosting a no-cost webinar on the role of training programs for the long-term sustainability of renewable energy projects relevant to energy access.
The webinar will introduce the Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) program, which is led by Arizona State University with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). VOCTEC aims to improve the sustainability of renewable energy infrastructure and investments in developing countries by increasing awareness, knowledge and capacity of local stakeholders, primarily in decentralized clean energy technologies.
Webinar panelists will discuss other training programs and highlight the importance of such programs in developing countries, sharing learning outcomes particularly from trainings focusing on women.
- Rachel Mahmud, Gender Associate, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, will provide an overview of the Alliance’s gender capacity building tools and resources used to enhance the impact of clean cookstove and fuel enterprises, including the Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook.
- Dr. Rim Razzouk, Senior Instructional Designer, Arizona State University, will introduce the curriculum development and the assessment and evaluation processes for the VOCTEC program.
- Carol Weis, IREC Master PV Trainer & NABCEP PV installer, will co-present the VOCTEC program and share broader lessons learned, best practices and real-world experience from solar electric trainings she has done, in particular all-women trainings.
- Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar, will discuss the evolution and impact of solar trainings in the context of We Care Solar's work on maternal healthcare, including its Women's Solar Ambassador program.
The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.
About the Clean Energy Solutions Center
The Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, helps governments and policy experts design and implement clean energy policies by providing no-cost expert assistance, training, policy reports, data, and tools. To learn more about the Solutions Center and how it can assist in meeting countries' clean energy policy objectives, please visit cleanenergysolutions.org and follow us on social media.