Core Partners

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, with more than 180 states actively engaged. IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Related topics: Employment and job creation/ Gender equality/ Energy access and productive use/ Just transition strategies

Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)

Headquartered in Washington, DC, ESMAP is a partnership between the World Bank and 19 partners to help low and middle-income countries reduce poverty and boost growth through sustainable energy solutions. ESMAP’s analytical and advisory services are fully integrated within the World Bank’s country financing and policy dialogue in the energy sector. Through the World Bank Group (WBG), ESMAP works to accelerate the energy transition required to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. It helps to shape WBG strategies and programs to achieve the WBG Climate Change Action Plan targets.

Related topics: Employment and job creation/ Skills/ Gender equality and vulnerable groups/ Energy access and productive use/ Just transition strategies/ Sustainable economic development

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organisation based in Seoul, Republic of Korea, dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. GGGI supports its member governments to achieve the commitments expressed under the Paris Climate Agreement and their Sustainable Development Goal targets. GGGI combines rigorous technical assistance to governments through embedded country teams and helps to mobilise finance into climate resilient projects.

Related topics: Employment and job creation/Just transition strategies


Located in Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands, GOGLA is the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry. Established in 2012, GOGLA now represents over 170 members as a neutral, independent, not-for-profit industry association. Its services assist the industry to build sustainable markets and profitable businesses delivering quality, affordable off-grid electricity products and services to as many customers as possible across the developing world.

Related topics: Energy access and productive use/ Skills

Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET)

Based in Vienna, Austria, GWNET aims to advance the global energy transition by empowering women in energy through interdisciplinary networking, advocacy, training, coaching and mentoring. GWNET seeks to address the current gender imbalances in the energy sector and to promote gender-sensitive action around the energy transition in all parts of the world.

Related topics: Gender equality

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

IASS, located in Potsdam, Germany, aims to identify and promote development pathways for a global transformation towards a sustainable society. The IASS employs a transdisciplinary approach that encourages dialogue to understand sustainability issues and generate potential solutions in cooperation with partners from the sciences, politics, the economy, and civil society. A strong network of national and international partners supports the work of the Institute. Its central research topics include the energy transition, emerging technologies, climate change, air quality, systemic risks, governance and participation, and cultures of transformation in the Anthropocene.

Related topics: Employment and job creation/ Just transition strategies / Sustainable economic  development

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the ILO is the only United Nations agency with a tripartite structure. Since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187-member States, with an equal voice. Recognised by Sustainable Development Goal 8, the ILO’s Decent Work agenda has four strategic objectives: set and promote standards and fundamental principles and rights at work; create greater opportunities for women and men to decent employment and income; enhance the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all; and strengthen tripartism and social dialogue.

Related topics: Employment and job creation/ Skills/ Gender equality and vulnerable groups/ Decent work/ Just transition strategies

Power for All

Power for All is a global network of 250 organizations campaigning to #EndEnergyPovertyFaster by accelerating the deployment of decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions such as solar for home and business, mini-grids and income-generating appliances. Working with the public and private sector, Power for All and its partners enable market transformation to deliver universal energy access faster, cleaner and more cost-effectively, while laying the foundation for economic and social impact for rural communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Related topics: Energy access and productive use/ Skills

SELCO Foundation

Based in Bangalore, India, the SELCO Foundation seeks to inspire and implement socially, financially and environmentally inclusive solutions by improving access to sustainable energy. Founded in 2010, it is a collaborative that focuses on under-served communities and strives to inspire and support champions of sustainability across the world. SELCO implements social, financial and technical innovations, shares lessons learned through both failure and success, and leverages impact through partnerships.

Related topics: Energy access and productive use / Sustainable economic development

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, UNIDO is a specialised agency of the United Nations with 170 members promoting industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental sustainability. UNIDO’s mission is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development, the relevance of which is recognized by SDG 9. Its four strategic priorities are creating shared prosperity; advancing economic competitiveness; safeguarding the environment; and strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Related topics: Employment and job creation / Sustainable economic development

Affiliated Partners


REN21 is the only global community of renewable energy actors from science, academia, governments, NGOs and industry.

REN21 provides up-to-date facts, figures and peer-reviewed analysis of global developments in technology, policies and markets to decision-makers. REN21’s goal: encourage and enable them to make the transition to renewable energy happen – now.