Since 2013, New Course has supported the creation and scaling up of the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies (WMI) at the University of Nairobi. The aim of the wPOWER initiative is to empower 8000 female clean energy entrepreneurs across East Africa, Nigeria and India. To accomplish this, the US State Department contracted WMI to create a hub to facilitate partner coordination and information sharing across East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda), India and Nigeria. This process has facilitated exchanges between wPOWER countries, resulting in the sharing of successful clean energy practices and the collection of data on women’s clean energy entrepreneurship.
New Course’s main role has been to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for the wPOWER Africa Hub and support the development of a curriculum including areas such as environmental stewardship, entrepreneurship, leadership and training. After contributing to the development of the curriculum and developing a monitoring and evaluation framework for wPOWER partners, New Course began transitioning out of the project, fully handing over monitoring and evaluation responsibilities to a staff person at the hub in December of 2015. Recently, the US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, visited the wPOWER Hub and praised the success of the initiative. wPOWER is yet another example of the importance of empowering women to build a greener, more equitable, and more sustainable future.
The program is also affiliated with our partnership with the Green Belt Movement to promote improved watershed management in Kenya and Uganda. Key Green Belt Movement staff have participated in the wPOWER exchanges and will be leveraged the knowledge and skills developed to better engage women in natural resource management and restoring degraded watersheds.
The Wangari Maathai Institute of Peace and Environmental Studies
Green Belt Movement
Women for Women International
Swayam Shikshan Prayog