Within the framework of the Eleventh International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development (IFESD-11), the regional workshop on “Business models for the integration of renewable energy technologies into rural development” is organised by ESCWA in partnership with the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA).
The workshop is hosted with the aim to gather regional and international partners active in sustainable energy development, rural development, and gender empowerment to explore and discuss business models that integrate renewable energy technologies into rural development with a focus on gender empowerment.
The workshop’s main objectives are to:
- Facilitate the exchange of experiences on the challenges and opportunities facing the conceptualization and application of integrated business models.
- Emphasize the importance of complementing renewable energy technologies as enablers with area- and activity-specific capacity-building and productive equipment that will develop and enhance the knowledge, skills, and capacity of rural populations towards the improvement of their income-generation activities.
- Enable the collection of best practices and lessons learned from the field.
- Formulate recommendations that address and improve the process of conceptualizing and applying integrated business models in rural areas.