Power for All

#endenergypovertyfaster

San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.powerforall.org

Mission

Committed to delivering access to energy for the 85 percent of the 1.1 billion people without reliable power that live in rural areas within 10 years, Power for All advances renewable, decentralized electrification solutions as the fastest, most cost-effective and sustainable approach to universal energy access. It envisions a world where all people benefit from the opportunities and quality of life that come from reliable, affordable, clean energy.

Ruling year info

2018

CEO

Ms. Kristina Marie Skierka

Main address

1012 Torney Ave

San Francisco, CA 94129 USA

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EIN

81-3803168

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Almost 2 billion people suffer from energy poverty: 1 billion are living without any access to power, and another billion suffer from unreliable access. Power for All believes people should have access to the benefits, the opportunities and the quality of life that come from reliable, affordable, clean energy. These benefits—including the chance to study after dark, live a healthy life or access the internet—are transformative to people trapped in energy poverty. However, scaling traditional grids for universal electrification will not only threaten our environment, but will require billions of dollars and take decades to achieve. Alternatively, decentralized renewable (DRE) energy can help end energy poverty faster and more cost-effectively than centralized power grids. Power for All challenges the business-as-usual mindset to energy service delivery and builds the case for DRE as a critical part of the global energy supply.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

25x25 Electricity Access Acceleration Collaborative

The 25x25 collaborative is an effort to stimulate distributed renewable energy markets in 25 underserved countries by 2025. It brings together the public and private sectors, civil society and funders to ensure that no one is left behind.

Population(s) Served

#PoweringJobs is a global campaign to ensure that the needed skills and jobs in clean, distributed energy are created to achieve universal electricity access, and to employ the energy workforce of the future, especially women and youth. The campaign creates powerful evidence and stories to elevate and legitimize skills and training, and ensure building the new energy workforce is at the center of international and national development policy.

Population(s) Served

This campaign brings together the health care and energy sectors to power rural health facilities in underserved regions with distributed clean energy. By creating powerful evidence and messages to raise awareness and build national consensus, the campaign aims to help countries achieve universal health care for all.

Population(s) Served

This campaign contributes to a growing international movement to make decentralized renewable energy a central part of scaling agriculture and food productivity in emerging economies in Africa and Asia.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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Number of overall donors

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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Knowing that SDG 7 can never be achieved by 2030 with organic market growth alone, Power for All mobilizes an influential network of partners, delivers critical evidence for the energy transition and facilitates the collective action to activate DRE markets around the world. Power for All works with over 300 campaign partners who are echoing our call to #EndEnergyPovertyFaster. Our primary goals within this framework are to:
1. Catalyze the development of a decentralized renewable energy ecosystem and accelerate market transformation in countries that are at a tipping point;
2. Build evidence and drive global advocacy for faster access to energy;
3. Build integrated energy frameworks in priority countries with low energy access;
4. Catalyze the access ecosystem with tools and evidence to create the environment for success; and,
5. Shift the narrative around energy access by elevating data into action with targeted calls to action, proactive media, and high touch education.

Awareness
(Proof) Curation and Dissemination of High-Value Data for Sector and Partner Use:
Policy and investment decisions require quantitative data that is credible and actionable. Power for All aggregates existing data and guides the creation of new data that can be used to influence decision-makers.
(Tools) Impactful Marketing and Communications: With the goal of making DRE a
powerful category in the global energy market, Power for All works closely with the sector
to surface and deliver stories that highlight the innovation, opportunity and impact of
decentralized renewable energy.
(Message) Perception Shift: Power for All is focused on elevating the profile of the DR
energy sector as a significant contributor to the delivery of modern energy services
globally. The campaign tracks this shift through measurement and evaluation tools.

Market Activation
(Engage) Creates Action for Market Building: Power for All supports governments,
donors, entrepreneurs and market-building NGOs with knowledge, tools and
opportunities to promote DR energy into national, regional and local power planning.
(Enable) Facilitates Collective Voice: By helping companies work together and develop joint sector positions, Power for All helps to drive effective engagement in decision-making processes that ultimately grow DR energy markets and accelerate access.
(Activate) Enrollment: Power for All enhances coordination and collaboration across the
access ecosystem with stakeholder engagement strategies that improve information
flow, build trust, establish credibility and create mutual accountability.

Global Advocacy
(Target) Create Political Demand: Using both “behind-the-scenes” and high-profile
sector advocacy with Calls to Action, Power for All builds political will throughout the
ecosystem and shared urgency—industry, governments, donors, NGOs, investors and
energy consumers—designed to prioritize access by 2025.
(Champion) Shift Institutional Priorities: Through our power-mapping strategy, Power
for All identifies key decision-makers and and decision-points at a range of institutions
(including aid agencies, global governing bodies and energy policy makers) that create
tipping points for sector acceleration.
(Influence) Accelerate international Investment: Targeting multilateral institutions,
foundations, aid agencies and impact investors as well as international and local banks,
Power for All supports efforts to create (1) dedicated funds focused on accelerating
access and (2) clarity around highest efficacy of those funds (amounts, pace and type).


Power for All has a highly diverse, experienced team with a deep understanding of the sector, which is a primary driver of our success in reaching our goals. Our team is made up of skilled policy advocates, experienced communications professionals, and top-level researchers across 7 countries. Our partnerships team brings decades of experience in campaigning and capacity building, which makes us equipped in developing and leading multi-stakeholder campaigns. Our partnerships team has experience working for highly regarded international NGOs such as the UN and Greenpeace International. Our team also brings experience in strategic communications, with a particular niche in working with government, private sector, civil society, and development partners. Our communications team is well versed in stakeholder engagement, relationship management, public relations, and communication for development. Our research team is made up of sector-level experts in renewable energy, policy reform, sustainable development, and data analytics. Our research team has combined experience working on national and international projects and are published in several international, peer-reviewed journals, and have experience in global institutions such as the World Bank and the United Nations.

In the last five years, Power for All has achieved some important wins on behalf of the DRE sector. For example, Power for All conceptualized and launched Utilities 2.0 (U.2.0), a global initiative to unite centralized utilities and the decentralized renewable energy sector to end energy poverty. Utilities 2.0 garnered so much global interest that the initiative led to the first-of-its kind pilot of integrated energy in Uganda. The initiative’s 2-year research roadmap will deliver new insights on the ability of integrated energy to accelerate energy access, drive productive use, stimulate demand and improve overall grid performance.

Specific additional accomplishments Include:
- Activation: Our multi-stakeholder work in Sierra-Leone saw a 1000 percent increase in the solar home system market over an 18-month period, was a finalist for the 2018 Ashden Awards in the Energy Access Pioneers category, and was recognized at the 2019 World Future Energy Summit as a “Best Practice for Solar Capacity Building.” Power for All has coordinated related market activation efforts in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Ethiopia.
- Awareness: Our communications and knowledge dissemination work has seen exceptional results globally and in specific countries such as India. Altogether, Power for All has garnered billions of media impressions for DRE from the coverage we’ve secured, ranging from This Day in Nigeria to The Guardian in the U.K. to The New York Times.
- Advocacy: Power for All has published four “Calls to Action,” which are actionable thought leadership platforms that position the decentralized renewable energy sector as a critical part of the energy transition. One of our pieces led to the creation of a multi-sector research group including the World Bank dedicated to enumerating the opportunity cost of slower access by business-as-usual approaches (the evidence needed to change Bank policies).
- Evidence: Power for All’s award-winning work is supported by the campaign’s Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK), a global research team dedicated to creating, curating and disseminating evidence to prove the “dividends” of accelerating energy access (e.g., jobs, health) to advance the global energy transition.

Next we hope to continue working towards our goal of addressing SDG7 and ending energy poverty by 2030 by focusing on ecosystem development strategies correlated with building strong markets. We plan to exponentially increase collective actions taken by DRE sector, expand the number of DRE and Utilities 2.0 champions in critical institutions, grow DRE championship in SDG 7-related organizations and MDAs, build legitimacy of DRE in energy poor countries and global, and continue to implement Targeted thematic initiatives on energy access dividend, human capital.

Financials

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Power for All

Board of directors
as of 9/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Adam Browning

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Term: 2019 -

Adam Browning

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Sheila Oparaocha

ENERGIA

Danny Kennedy

Dr. Kandeh Yumkella

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/14/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/14/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.