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The Renewable Energy for Communities Coalition (RE4CC) held its 2024 general assembly last Friday at the Grand Star Hotel in Accra, Ghana. Hosted by 350 Ghana, the event brought together over 20 civil society organizations (CSOs) working on renewable energy promotion in the country.

The coalition’s main objective is to accelerate the integration of 10% affordable and decentralized renewable energy into Ghana’s energy mix by 2030. This general assembly served as a platform for member organizations to strategize and strengthen their collaborative efforts towards achieving this goal.

Focus on Collaboration and Human Resources

A key theme of the assembly was the importance of building a stronger and more collaborative coalition. Maame Ekua Gaissey from FiveSixFive, emphasized the need to value human resources within the coalition. She encouraged members to work as a team, appreciating each other’s strengths and fostering a spirit of unity despite differences.

Maame Ekua Gaissey, FiveSixFive
Maame Ekua Gaissey, FiveSixFive

Government and Stakeholder Engagement

Representatives from Ghana’s Ministry of Energy Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also presented at the assembly. This highlights the importance RE4CC places on engaging with government stakeholders to move the agenda forward.

Looking to the Future

Portia Adu Mensah, National Coordinator for 350 Ghana, expressed optimism about the future, suggesting a path filled with exciting possibilities for the coalition. Louisa Amoah, Executive Director for Girls Shall Grow, emphasized the need for member organizations to garner stronger support from their individual bases to ensure the coalition’s effectiveness.

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