What it's about:
Solar power is putting refugee and displaced communities in conflict-hit regions on the path to recovery, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Renewable energy projects have helped people get back on their feet in Yemen, Sudan and other countries experiencing humanitarian crises, UNDP experts wrote in a blog post.
Years of conflict in Yemen have destroyed most of its conventional energy supplies, leaving millions without access to electricity, water and sanitation. The UNDP has implemented the Enhance Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY) programme, powering schools, health clinics and households across the country with decentralised solar technology.
Another successful project has been launched in Sudan, which hosts over 3 million internally displaced people.
The Darfur Solar Electrification Project has boosted energy access across 70 settlements by providing solar water pumps and directly benefiting 7,000 households, according to the UNDP.
Why it's noteworthy:
More than 20 million refugees and internally displaced people are living in Arab countries today, many without access to electricity, the UNDP says.
Energy insecurity can slow down recovery prospects for displaced communities, it warns. But decentralised renewable solutions can enable long-term resilience, the UNDP projects in Yemen and Sudan show.
Solar solutions can regenerate livelihoods and boost access to water, health services and education, empowering refugees and displaced communities whose lives have been torn apart by war and poverty, the blog argues.
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