December 06 - 08, 2016
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Country: Rwanda

December 6, 2016 — December 8, 2016   |   Kigali, Rwanda

**The 2016 SAFE Humanitarian Workshop has been rescheduled from its original date and location, and will now take place in Kigali, Rwanda from December 6-8, 2016. For more information, see official notice.


Energy access is a critical and under-served need among crisis-affected people and impacts nearly every aspect of humanitarian aid, including food security, nutrition, health, livelihoods, protection, and the environment. As part of its mission to facilitate a more coordinated, predictable, and timely response to the fuel and energy needs of crisis-affected populations, the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group hosts an annual training workshop to build the capacity of humanitarian aid workers, government representatives, technology experts, NGOs, and private sector stakeholders to develop effective energy strategies that maximize impact and best meet the needs of the communities they serve.

This year's workshop will be hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Sustainable Energy Technologies for Food Security (SET4Food) project. It will feature two days of in-depth training sessions and group discussions on a range of topics, including monitoring and evaluation; clean fuels; lighting, cooking, and powering technologies; product procurement; women's empowerment; and gender-based violence. 

The 2016 SAFE Humanitarian Workshop is made possible with the generous support of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), and by UK Aid from the UK government. 


The primary purpose of the SAFE Humanitarian Workshop is to teach humanitarian field implementers how to incorporate energy access into humanitarian projects. Additionally, it enables energy experts and private sector organizations to learn about the logistics, priorities, and challenges that come with operating in humanitarian settings. The event is also an opportunity for the wide variety of stakeholders in the humanitarian energy space to exchange knowledge, share lessons learned, and develop best practices. 

The Workshop

The workshop will feature two and a half days of in-depth training sessions and group discussions. On Thursday, December 8th, participants will have the opportunity to facilitate and participate in roundtable discussions on topics of their choosing. Workshop sessions and group discussions will cover, among other topics:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  • Climate Change 
  • Lighting Technologies 
  • Cooking Technologies
  • Heating and Powering Technologies
  • Protection and Gender Based Violence
  • Carbon Finance 
  • Mobilizing in Emergencies 

A detailed agenda will be shared in late November.


Click "RSVP" at the bottom of the page to register for year's workshop. Priority will be given to humanitarian field practitioners, as well as participants who previously registered for the workshop in Addis Ababa. If you registered for the event in Addis Ababa, you must re-register to be considered a participant at the Kigali event. Please follow the instructions on the registration page

Registration is free of charge; however, please note that there are no sponsorships available for participants at this year's workshop. You are therefore responsible for arranging your own accommodations and travel, either individually or through your organization. 

Location & Travel

The workshop will take place at the Gorillas Golf Hotel, located KG 274 St, Kigali, Rwanda. In partnership with UNHCR, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will provide visa invitation letters upon request to enter Rwanda. Please see the Logistics Overview (click "Download PDF” below) for more important information on visas, accomodations, and travel. 

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Learn about previous workshops:

The SAFE Humanitarian Working Group