International NGO Members rely on diesel fuel to power many of their field office operations. In addition, NetHope Member organizations work in communities that usually rely on polluting energy sources (e.g., diesel and wood) that are harmful to the environment and the health of the community.
NetHope members are inspired to identify and adopt programs that reduce reliance on diesel fuel and increase access to affordable energy solutions. A “north star” of sorts is spelled out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. SDG #7 acknowledges that:
Modern society depends on reliable and affordable energy services to function smoothly and to develop equitably. A well-established energy system supports all sectors from medicine and education to agriculture, infrastructure, communications, and high-technology. Intensive development patterns have historically relied on inexpensive and energy-dense fossil fuels, which also happen to be the primary source of greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change. However, new, clean technologies are available that can reorient development along a more sustainable trajectory.
NetHope members are not only inspired by the SDGs but also adhere to a principle that is pervasive throughout the sector: Do No Harm
NetHope's new NGO Guide to Energy Solutions