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Improving Strategic Communications and Public Engagement on Off-Grid Renewable Energy Solutions in East Africa

African Centre for Media Excellence

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Advancing Climate Change Solutions
  • Grant Amount $300,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2023–May 31, 2025
  • Location Kampala, Uganda
  • Geographic Focus Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

About this grant

The lack of strong strategic communications, media and public engagement on distributed renewable energy services is one of the major barriers to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 on universal access to modern energy services by 2030. The African Centre for Media Excellence has been working to address this challenge. Established and led by local media practitioners nearly 15 years ago, the grantee is a nonprofit media support organization that has contributed significantly towards a more vibrant, free and skilled media fraternity so that the media can more effectively inform local African communities to engage their leaders on sustainable development matters in several East African countries. With this grant, the grantee will improve public awareness and engagement on the adoption and use of distributed renewable energy solutions in the agricultural sector across Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. In addition, the African Centre for Media Excellence will monitor key trends and provide recommendations to media practitioners on improving the public narrative and perception of distributed renewable energy solutions and work to enhance the capacity of the media fraternity in the region to report on distributed renewable energy and agricultural development issues.