Alianza Shire Phase II: Energy Access to host communities and refugees

Posted by: Dalia Mendoza

Modified date: 07/23/2019

Alianza Shire Phase II: Energy Access to host communities and refugees


Technology field of reference: Heating, Lighting, Powering

Relevant sectors: Protection, Camp Management & Coordination, Shelter

Population type: Refugee, Host community

Category of funders: Multilateral, Private

Project Description

Alianza Shire is the first multi-stakeholder partnership for humanitarian action in Spain, with the objective of developing innovative solutions for improving refugees and displaced populations’ access to energy. It counts with the participation of the private sector – through, Iberdrola and Signify -, the public sector – through the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development – and the academic sector – through the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (itdUPM). After evaluating the results of the pilot project, the members of Alianza Shire decided to scale it up. From 2018 until 2021, the Alliance develops the second phase of the project; "Alianza Shire: Energy Access to host communities and refugees", funded by the European Union Trust Fund for the Horn of Africa. In this second phase, work is being done in four refugee camps and their respective host communities, reaching more than 40,000 people. The extension of the network and connection of community services and businesses will be carried out, along with the installation of more than 20 km of street lighting. Businesses will also be created for the distribution of 1,700 Domiciliary Photovoltaic Systems (SFD). Finally, refugees and local communities will receive training on installation and maintenance of the network, and on entrepreneurship subjects for the development of six businesses based on the distribution and maintenance of the SFD. The overall objective of the Project is to improve the living conditions in refugee camps and their host communities, strengthening local capacities, creating income generation opportunities and improving access to basic services through the cross-cutting impacts of energy.


Madrid, Spain

Starting and ending date

From 05/04/2018 to 07/04/2021

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

40,000 people from 4 refugee camps and their respective host communities.

Names of implementing partners

Norweigan Refugee Council (NRC) NGO ZOA Ethiopian Agency for Refugee Affairs (ARRA) Ethiopian Electricity Utility (EEU) NGO Don Bosco / Jugen Eine Welt.

Funding sources

European Union (EU), Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID), and partnership members.