We are an innovation platform that aims to develop sustainable solutions for the supply of energy in refugee camps


Alianza Shire is formed by Acciona Microenergía Foundation, The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Iberdrola, The Innovation and Technology for Development Centre (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) and Philips Lighting Spain, with the collaboration of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The project

Our aim is to develop technological and managerial solutions to provide access to energy that can be applied in refugee camps

How we work

We work in coordination with target groups and end users. The solutions we develop are freely shared and available to humanitarian agencies.

Our challenges

Working in multi -disciplinary teams, we combine expertise and resources in the search for solutions to the lack of access to energy.

Contributing to SDGs

Our work is based on the Sustainable Development Goals , especially number 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

The pilot project in Shire region (Ethiopia)


In 2016, 36,088 were registered refugees in the three refugee camps in Shire

The access to energy in these refugee camps to cover the basic needs is a challenge

In 2016/2017, Alianza Shire has improved the ilumination and electric grid in one of these camps

Ethiopia: map of refugees

Our achivements in 2017…

5 km

de la red de alumbrado público


Refugiados capacitados como técnicos de mantenimiento del sistema electrica


Puntos de iluminación


Servicios públicos (cocinas comunales, escuelas, centros de salud…) conectados a la red
Logos Shire Partnership

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