Solar panel in use in Kalombeyi  refugee camp, Northern Kenya. Photo © by Jakob Brodersen, access2innovation

Funding granted to relief aid partnerships

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Five partnerships in the ”Deciphering the Relief Aid Market”-project have been granted funding for further development.

The partnerships consist of private companies, research institutions and civil society organisations that work together to address relief aid challenges with innovative and sustainable solutions.

One of the partnerships is between the start-up company M-PAYG and the CSO DanChurchAid. M-PAYG has already established a local office in East Africa. The company’s business model is based on selling household-based solar solutions for low-income families in developing countries.
In collaboration with DanChurchAid the company will be testing a version of their solution aimed at households and small businesses in the Bidibidi refugee camp in Uganda.

“It is a major challenge for M-PAYG to transfer our business model to a refugee camp setting,” says Asger Trier, CEO and co-founder of M-PAYG. “But working with DanChurchAid and drawing on their experience and expertise is a great opportunity. If we succeed in bringing clean energy to some of the poorest people in the world, it will be to the merit of DanChurchAid as much as us,” he says.

Other projects that have received funding from Deciphering the Relief Aid Market include bio-mass generators for refugee camp settings, improved sheltering facility, health e-journaling for refugees and a project to improve the water supply for a municipality in northern Jordan that is under high pressure due to the massive influx of refugees from Syria.

Deciphering the Relief Aid Market is supported by the Danish Industry Foundation.

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