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SolarAid’s “Light a Village” nominated for the Charity Awards

SolarAid is delighted to announce that it has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

SolarAid has been shortlisted in the International Aid and Development category for its Light a Village project in Malawi, which is a ground breaking programme aiming to bring solar energy to the poorest and remotest communities in sub-Saharan Africa, enabling access to light and electricity in homes and schools for the first time.

The Charity Awards, which announces its shortlist today (17 May), is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.

Trough the concept of ‘Energy as a Service’, Light a Village aims to overcome the barriers that the poorest households experience in accessing electricity, which is affordability and risk. It aims to create community transformation through providing each household in a community with a Solar Home System, enabling people to light their homes and charge devices, such as mobile phone and radios, allowing the household to only pay for what they use, and ensuring long-term sustainability, replicability and scalability. To date, SolarAid has installed 4000 solar home systems in the Traditional Authority Kasakula in Malawi where 97% of the population live in extreme poverty. SolarAid is now planning to install 3500 solar home systems more to light up 100% of the area with clean, renewable energy.

The 10 category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on Tuesday 9 July, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

The evening will be hosted by broadcaster and commentator Baroness Ayesha Hazarika, who will be joined on the night by a host of celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.

Every year we are astounded and inspired by the breadth and depth of work going on across the UK’s wonderful charity sector. But this year in particular we have noticed a real improvement in the professionalism of the entries, signalling that charities are more cognisant than ever of the need for good governance, strong leadership and effective management. 

Everything that we do at Civil Society Media aims to help charities have greater impact, and for the last 23 years the Charity Awards has identified and celebrated the sector’s great work. Congratulations to all the charities on this year’s shortlist; in a year of record entries you ought to be very proud of getting this far.

I wish SolarAid the best of luck on the night.”

Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards

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