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African CSOs call for ambitious targets and increased investment in energy access by the World Bank Group

African CSOs, led by Big Shift Global member, ACSEA have sent a letter to the World Bank welcoming the Banks's new LEAP energy proposal but calling for more ambitious targets,  increased investment in energy access and greater consultation with those it will impact.  

The letter sent to World Bank directors highlights that in order to also address COVID19 recovery the LEAP energy proposal must address energy access for the 1 in 2 people without electricity and the 890 million people without clean cooking in Africa. Increased energy access is vital to reduce the health impacts of air pollution from polluting fuels, as well as promoting renewable energy to generate jobs and secure livelihoods in the recovery from the crisis.

The letter calls for increased investment in sustainable renewable energy including off-grid and mini-grid renewable energy and the need to accelerate progress on clean cooking.  It also states that the strategy must have stakeholder buy in and that people impacted by energy projects and African civil society who understand the needs of energy consumers must be consulted.



Blog 24.06.20 The World Bank is Failing Nigeria on Climate Goals and Energy Access

Anna Östergren of SSNC and Nezir Sinani of Recourse have published a blog summarising the findings of their latest report, written with ACSEA, on the World Bank's energy and climate performance in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, 24 percent of the population or about 41 million people live in areas of high climate risks from storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, wildfires and drought. A rapid transformation of the energy sector, from fossil fuels to renewable energy, is needed to combat climate change and also to increase energy access. Despite Nigeria’s vast potential for renewable energy,the WBG prioritises fossil fuels over renewable energy. 



The MDBs and a Just, Paris-aligned Recovery - If you missed the Big Shift webinar catch up here!

A Paris-aligned and just recovery to Covid-19 by the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) is a vital part of the global response. On 28th May, members of  the Big Shift Global Coalition organised a webinar to discuss this further with 4 panellists: Bronwen Tucker, OCI; Dileimy Orozco, E3G; Augustine Njamnshi, ACSEA and Andrew Scott, ODI, moderated by Vibeka Mair of Responsible Investor.

Panellists presented views on: MDBs’ track records in energy financing;  recovery packages so far; what a Paris-aligned, just recovery should look like; why this should not include investment in oil and gas and specifically what this should look like in the case of Africa.


Africa Day 2020 - An open letter calling on the AfDB to stop funding fossil fuels

Africa Day is on 25 May. Big Shift Global member, the African Climate Reality Project has a tradition of using this day to amplify the call for a fossil free, low-carbon, and climate resilient future for the continent.

They have published an open letter calling on the African Development Bank to stop funding fossil fuels and shift to 100% renewables.


U.S. Faith-Based Coalition Calls on World Bank to Take Climate Action in the Time of COVID

A coalition of faith-based organisations in the United States have launched a campaign  in support of Big Shift,  calling on the World Bank to end all support for fossil fuels and shift investment to renewable energy access in the time of COVID-19 and beyond.


Blog 13.05.20 - COVID-19 Recovery and Renewable Energy in Africa

Eugene N Nforngwa, Thematic Lead for Just Transition and Energy Access at the Pan-African Climate and Environmental Justice Alliance (PACJA) and Programmes Advisor at the Africa Coalition for Sustainable Energy and Access (ACSEA) presents why renewable energy and just recovery are vital in the Covid-19 recovery planning process in Africa

Blog 17.04.2020 - A Time to Change

Andrew Schwartz, Deputy Director at Center for Earth Ethics outlines how the response to the coronavirus crisis must increase resilience and minimise climate change by shifting funding from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

World Bank Directors urged to intervene in Guyana’s oil development over conflict of interest

Shortly before the World Bank holds its digital Spring Meeting, the NGO Urgewald and partner civil society organizations have sent a letter to Executive Directors to express concerns with the bank’s involvement in Guyana’s oil & gas development.

Blog: 14.04.2020 - Multilateral Development Banks must implement a sustainable recovery from Covid-19

The global response to the coronavirus crisis continues to gather pace and emergency responses supporting health services and economies are vital at this stage for many across the globe. Just like the Covid-19 crisis, the impacts of climate change will be felt more acutely by the poorest and most vulnerable people. It is vital that the stimulus packages supported by MDBs address this and respond to both crises.

MDBs fail to deliver on joint Paris Alignment promise at COP25

At COP25 in Madrid, Spain the nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided a public update on their joint commitment to Paris Alignment. Though the group of banks first committed to a process to align their financial flows with a 1.5°C pathway in 2017, yesterday's announcement provided few new details. 

Carta abierta de la coalición Big Shift a los líderes de los BMD

Con el comienzo de la COP25, la coalición Big Shift pide a los Bancos Multilaterales de Desarrollo que alineen sus finanzas con el Acuerdo de París de 2015 incrementando sus inversiones en energía renovable, abandonando toda financiación a los combustibles fósiles y asegurando que publican sus avances de forma detallada.  

Nota de prensa: 18.10.2019

No más excusas: El Banco Mundial debe frenar toda financiación a combustibles fósiles - protestas de la sociedad civil ante el Encuentro Anual del Banco Mundial

Carta de la sociedad civil al Banco Mundial

Cerca de 100 organizaciones de la sociedad civil que están protestando frente al Encuentro Anual del Banco Mundial envían una carta al Presidente del Banco Mundial y a los Directores Ejecutivos para pedir una mayor acción climática.