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MECS holding its first eCAP Kick-off Workshop in Kenya

20th February 2023

On 9th of February 2023, Kenya Power and Gamos East Africa co-hosted the first capacity building and market development programme (eCAP) workshop for eCooking in Kenya. The eCAP Kick-off Meeting was the opportunity to introduce different projects, partners, and their interlinkages to enable effective collaboration throughout the programme. The workshop was attended by the various organizations that are leading and implementing different projects: Gamos East Africa , Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), Clean Cooking Association of Kenya (CCAK), Kisambara Ventures, Nuvoni Centre for Innovation Research, Sustainable Community Development Services (SCODE), Power Pay, and Kenya Power- Institute of Energy Studies & Research (IESR).

eCAP is a capacity building and market development programme for eCooking in Kenya led by Kenya Power and supported by UK-Aid via the UK PACT and MECS programmes. The programme aims to develop the capability of strategic market actors to develop a sustainable eCooking sector in Kenya. eCAP consists of a series of short projects that are designed to address specific barriers to the scale-up of eCooking in Kenya. eCAP is divided into a series of projects, some of which will be implemented directly by different divisions within Kenya Power and others by external organizations on behalf of Kenya Power, with the support of MECS.

The Sales Growth Department at Kenya Power, has implemented projects on consumer awareness around appliance financing and appliance comparisons, represented by Irene Wanjohi, Christina Kiwiri, and Wairimu Njehia. The project on the mobile demonstration kitchen is under implementation by the Kenya Power Transport Department, represented by Eng. David Mugambi. Powerpay, undertaking a project on consumer financing for appliances, was represented by Geoffery Kimiti, Jeff Tarimo, and Diana Mongina. From the Kenya Power Institute for Energy Studies and Research (IESR), we had Dr. Jeremiah Kiplagat, Dr. Patrick Karimi, Oscar Ovakuse, Daniel Gombe, and Adrian Onsare. IESR is implementing a number of projects, including the ‘Pika na Power’ Academy, piloting institutional eCooking, and sustainable feedback mechanisms. Mercy Kamau and Kevin Maina represented SCODE, who are doing kitchen energy audits. CCAK, which has been doing the project on intersectoral dialogue, was represented by Brian Murumba. Kisambara Ventures was represented by Agnes Kalyonge and Esther Ndugu. The organization will be implementing projects on Kenyanizing appliances and digital engagement. The projects on eCooking in urban informal settlements will be implemented by Nuvoni Centre for Innovation Research. 

Also representing Kenya Power at the event, were Dr Willy Chache and Clement Tongi. Other organizations with an interest in the eCAP projects also joined the event. Strathmore Energy Research Centre was represented by Diana Kosgei and Sheila Chepkorir and the University of Southampton was represented by Professor A.S. Bahaj.

Featured Image: Stakeholders in the eCAP Project mapping possible areas of collaboration between various Projects. Photo credit Dr Jon Leary (Gamos East Africa), (2023).