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  • Kinsasha, DR Congo (in-person) and Online (Zoom) - 1 Day
    May 11

    Renpower DR Congo

    Kinshasa (& Online) – 11 May 2023

    Renpower DR Congo – the 2nd annual edition – Embracing Challenges, Unlocking Business Opportunities & Driving Private Sector Involvement

    DR Congo Minister of Hydraulic Resources and Electricity, Olivier Mwenze Mukaleng, stated in April 2022: “Renewable energy is a priority sector for the DRC government to foster growth, income generation and job creation, while supporting the ambitious goal of providing universal access to electricity”.

    The growing demand for electricity will be met by investing further in diversified renewables projects, in particular decentralized power solutions using solar, wind, geothermal or hydro. The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA)’s funding round in DRC has been an initial catalyzer to promote clean off-grid energy solutions. If fully implemented, the Grand Inga Dam project has the capacity to produce 42GW, becoming the world’s biggest hydroelectricity project. However, there are immediate electricity challenges in the region so, going for small-scale and lower-cost options will play a critical role to overcome grid limitations and expand electricity access to the population in rural and peri-urban areas. A bonanza for technology providers, next generation storage systems providers, transmission and distributed power infrastructure.

    Furthermore, due to its position as a key source of minerals, DRC wants to play a leading role in the shift to a clean energy system. The scaling up of the worldwide energy transition will drive a huge increase in the requirements for metals used in batteries, solar components, wind turbines and also electric vehicles. With appropriate incentives, there is a window of opportunity for private sector to invest and cooperate under a PPP model with an emerging major force in the mineral markets.

    Date: 11 May 2023
    Time: 09:00 – 18:00
    Venue: Kinsasha, DR Congo (in-person) and Online (Zoom)

    Featuring 20+ speakers and experts, the program is spread over 5 sessions covering timely topics such as:

    • New drivers in the pathway towards DRC universal electricity access
    • Windows of investment opportunities in DRC renewable & clean technologies developments
    • DRC mining sector – a key player in enabling the scaling up of the worldwide energy transition
    • Overcoming grid limitations, expanding electricity access – New cast of solar and hydro solutions, mini-grid, storage solutions and C&I
    • Financing DRC’s universal energy access journey and net-zero promise

    This business development platform will be a not-to-be-missed market place for the whole value chain and stakeholders already involved or looking to the country. Be part of the conversation and join us at RENPOWER DR CONGO INVESTORS 2023!

    Attending: Key stakeholders including representatives from the government, International Finance Institutions (IFIs), policy makers, international and local developers, EPC contractors, independent power producers, engineering, legal and advisory services, manufacturers, banking and private equity entities.

    Agenda and registration – The detailed agenda, speaker line-up and registration form will be available upon your written inquiry. Early bird conditions are currently applied so make sure to take advantage.

    For more information, please contact:

    Michel Masquelier
    Event Manager
    +32 2 662 16 12

    Time: 09:00 – 18:00

    Conference, Speaker, Webinar
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    May 11

    How Can We Better Articulate the Benefits of Managing Environmental, Social and Governance Issues for Businesses and Wider Stakeholders?

    ESG (environmental, social, and governance) is a material risk framework many businesses, investors and observers use to better manage businesses and investments. In addition, businesses regularly engage with and act on wider social and environmental externalities, through changes to their core business models and processes, and/or through philanthropic programmes. But how do we best communicate this?Scepticism is arising around ESG: with some questioning whether businesses are overreaching their fiduciary duties, and others challenging whether businesses can deliver on their societal commitments. A particular criticism arises around the continually evolving nature of ESG, and related concepts such as corporate responsibility, sustainability and CSR that can lead to a lack of clarity and difficulties in robustly comparing one business’s activities with another’s.This online written discussion aims to bring together leading thinking and best practice on how to communicate business alongside social, environmental and governance issues. We invite you all to contribute. Share your insights and suggestions. The full discussion will then be summarised and shared so that you have a practical take-away on how we better communicate the benefits of embedding ESG.Questions:


    • Diana Best, Senior Finance Strategist, The Sunrise Project
    • Abir Chowdhury, URC
    • Amber Kiani, Head Of Partnerships, MovingWorlds
    • Chioma Izuwah, Business Fights Poverty Community Member
    • Ewan Livingston-Docwra Ewan Strategist, BTeam
    • Flora von Michel, Business Fights Poverty Community Member
    • Haron Muturi|, Wake and Shine SHG, Junior Leader, Tharaka Nithi
    • João Maria Botelho, Researcher NOVA Business and Human Rights and Environment Research and Board Advisor, NOVA Green Lab
    • Sherif Muçalla, Researcher, Albania
    • Paul Rissman, Co-founder, Rights CoLab
    • Tolu Seun, Business Fights Poverty Community Member
    • Meredith Sumpter, Inclusive Capitalism
    • Elizabeth Waweru, Research and Policy Officer, The Youth Cafe

    Moderator: Katie Hyson, Business Fights Poverty


    1. How can we better articulate the benefits of managing environmental, social and governance issues for businesses and wider stakeholders?
    2. What are best practice examples and where are the pitfalls we must avoid?
    3. How can we better work together to ensure joined-up narratives?


    This is a text-based discussion which remains open, so please do continue to share your insights.

    How to add your comments

    To post a comment, you will need to sign in / sign up to the Business Fights Poverty Discussion Forum:

    If you are already a member of the Business Fights Poverty online community, click “Log In” at the top right of the page and then enter your details. If you have not logged into our new community platform, you will have to reset your password here 3

    If you are not already a member of the Business Fights Poverty online community, you will need to sign up here 12. Once you have joined the community, you can return to this discussion page, click “Log In” at the top right of the page and then enter your details.

    Time: 11:00 am EDT / 3:00 – 4:00 BST

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